High school students introduced to medical profession

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has a nursing shortage.

Today high school students from all over the state met at the Heritage Center to be introduced to the medical profession.
There were speakers and lectures at today's conference, but this event offered future health care providers a glance at what really goes on in the industry.

This exercise was a first for many of the two hundred students who attended the Fall Leadership Conference.

They weren't donating blood, they were being schooled in how to perform phlebotomy.

“It was interesting to see how you can pop the vein and push on the vein and see if you do have a good vein or if it's not very stable,” said Gabrielle Wilde, Legacy High School senior.

The healthcare field is facing challenges attracting the next generation. This conference is aimed at getting students attention.

“By giving them exposure to different types of fields besides the ones they know of already in healthcare, by seeing the other parts of it gives them more options. It gives them career opportunities,” said Laurie Bjerklie, MLT Program Coordinator.

Students attending this conference know that medical school comes with tons of studying, testing and exams. Today they got to bypass that and get some hands on experience.

“You could tell someone a thousand times how far to put in a needle but if you never do it then you're not going to know what it feels like when it's in far enough,” said Grant Johnson, Legacy High School senior.

Someday these students may be drawing your blood for real.

The next North Dakota State HOSA conference will be at the University of Jamestown in March.