Students Explore Rural Health Careers at Blue Mountain Hospital!

November 14th, 2019

Multiple Grant County schools and their students participated in Blue Mountain Hospital's Rural Health Career and College Day. Students were able to learn more about opportunities to work and learn in various healthcare settings.


While the half-day event was intended for high school freshmen and sophomores, 75 students were represented, resulting in full participation from all of the county's high schools.


30 unique careers were highlighted throughout the day, in the form of 20-minute breakout sessions. Students were also given the opportunity to see several departments within the hospital, including the nurses station, rehabilitation services, and emergency medical services.

In this workshop session, students were required to create a lunch menu for a patient based on the "plate method," which is something they had learned about earlier in the session.

Students learn about common practices & safety precautions surrounding ambulances and other emergency medical services.

Aside from this, a panel comprised of local health care professionals offered insight on their diverse experiences that led them to where they are now, and held a Q&A session for students.


There were also representatives from Central Oregon Community College, OSU - Cascades, Blue Mountain Community College, and Eastern Oregon University that offered information about their different programs and requirements for studying in health-related fields.


We hope to see this event come back throughout the years and throughout the state, thanks to everyone that helped make this happen!


P.S Watch Representative Walden's statement in support of Rural Health Care Professionals (and a shoutout to OSU Open Campus' very own Didgette McCracken) here!