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Ward Melville’s HOSA Club Takes on Northwell Health’s Spark! Challenge

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Members of Ward Melville High School’s HOSA club recently acquired new skills as they took part in the Spark! Challenge, a three-part event comprised of career immersion, PR poster development and a health career presentation, at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital.

The club members, along with adviser Maureen Kost, participated in this one-day immersion experience designed to highlight STEM-related health care careers. Students were given a unique opportunity to preview clinical and nonclinical career paths through practical and engaging encounters with professionals in the field.  

Huntington Hospital’s Melissa Karrer organized four stations to explore numerous health careers such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, surgeons, operating room nurses, scrub nurses, neonatal intensive care OB/GYN, phlebotomy, cell pathologist, respiratory therapist and midwife. In addition, the students had many simulated hands-on experiences, such as placing an IV, intubation, the use of the da Vinci robot for surgery, casting a broken femur, reading X-rays, stopping the bleed, delivering twins, understanding an echocardiogram and learning the FAST stroke signs.  

As a follow-up to the event, the HOSA club members selected a career to explore and better understand essential skills, such as teamwork and communication, by working together on the event’s Challenge part. This year’s PR poster and career project theme is innovation. Winners of the contest will be awarded in April.  





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