New Vision Students Graduate from Program
June 18th, 2008
SARANAC LAKE – In front of family, friends and supporters, 12 area students graduated from the New Vision program on June 13 during a packed ceremony in the Redfield Room at Adirondack Medical Center.
This educational program, now in its fifth year of existence at AMC, offers high school seniors the opportunity to gain onsite hospital experience and learn about health care careers. The students meet in the New Vision classroom in the LaTour Building adjacent to AMC, and interact with staff and hospital personnel who take time to explain and teach the students about health care careers and assist them as they pursue their college educations.
The students rotate throughout the different areas of the hospital including the emergency room, cancer center, intensive care unit, medical imaging, rehabilitation services, administration, laboratory, surgical, and nursing services. The students receive important observational experiences to help them make decisions about their future and any highly skilled or specialized positions they dream of holding some day. In addition, students take a college-level anatomy and physiology class, political science, medical terminology courses as well as delving into complex topics affecting the health care world today.
The staff at AMC works hard to make this experience not only educational for the students, but also unique and engaging. For example, the individual clinical areas have developed activities and information that they share with the students. The lab will show the students preserved slides of various blood disorders, the pharmacy will demonstrate how IV medications are prepared, and each of the students has the opportunity to learn about diabetes education first hand by testing their own blood glucose.
“What I find most fulfilling about this program are the number of students who are able to come back to AMC and pursue a career in health care,” says Alison Riley-Clark, RN BSN, and New Vision Instructor. “There are former New Vision students working in both clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital, which is a credit to the staff who mentored these individuals when they were students.”
The requirements to attend the class are quite demanding: Students must demonstrate above average written and verbal skills, they must have completed three years of science and three years of math, they must be recommended by their high school guidance counselor and principal, and they must meet health standards for working in a hospital setting.
Upon completion of the program, participating students will have secured 13 credit hours from North Country Community College, which are transferable. Riley-Clark noted that a majority of the students from this New Vision Program have gone on to four-year college programs with the intent of pursuing a health care career.
New Vision is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Sole Supervisory District of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties (BOCES). For more information, contact Alison Riley-Clark at 897-2207.
This year’s New Vision Class includes seven students from Saranac Lake, three from Lake Placid and two from Tupper Lake. The graduates and instructors, from left to right, Rhonda Meserole, Government/economics instructor; Aidan Bickford, Kelsey Hamilton, Sydney Halperin, Lauren Burgess, Keenan Neigel, Gracey Frenette, Sam Racette, Glynis Jones, Nate Reyor, Rebecca McNeilly, Brae Blair, Jillian Ellis, Alison Riley-Clark, New Vision Instructor
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