High school students to get feel for nursing at FHSU's Nightingale Experience Feb. 20-21
02/15/2002

HAYS, KS -- About 40 students have accepted invitations to the Nightingale Experience Feb. 20 and 21 at Fort Hays State University's Department of Nursing.

The two-day program is aimed at high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in a career in nursing.

Thirty-six students have confirmed, said Dianna K. Koerner, program coordinator of undergraduate nursing studies at FHSU. Another four are still completing paper work, she said, which would fill the 40 slots available for the program, which begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and ends at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

The first day, students will meet at the university's Stroup Hall at 1 p.m., where they will learn about a career in nursing until 5, when they will go to McMindes Hall for dinner. After that, they will be treated to the Imago Production of Frogz at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Then they will socialize at McMindes until 10:30 p.m. with the Fort Hays Association of Nursing Students and members of the Nursing Christian Fellowship.

Accommodations for women students will be at McMindes Hall. Men students will stay the night at Wiest Hall.

After a 7 a.m. breakfast at McMindes Hall on the second day, the students will get a clinical observation experience at Hays Medical Center beginning at 8 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., the students will go to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History to see "Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs" until 4 p.m., after which they will return to the residence halls to pack.

Koerner said that 29 of the students have been sponsored by hospitals. The only cost of attending is travel expenses. Room and board, materials, a musical production and attendance at the new exhibit of the "Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park" at the Sternberg Museum are all included in the experience.

For more information about "The Nightingale Experience," please contact Dianna Koerner at (785) 628-4523 or by e-mail at dkoerner@fhsu.edu.


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