As we baby boomers continue to age, our demand for healthcare services continues to grow.  This demand has led to a shortage of healthcare professionals,  which is projected to only worsen over the next few years.  Planning for the future and choosing a career is very important to many young people today.  In our forever changing, fast paced society it may be difficult to make such an important decision at a young age, which is why career shadowing can help young people make the right choice.


As we baby boomers continue to age, our demand for healthcare services continues to grow.  This demand has led to a shortage of healthcare professionals,  which is projected to only worsen over the next few years.  Planning for the future and choosing a career is very important to many young people today.  In our forever changing, fast paced society it may be difficult to make such an important decision at a young age, which is why career shadowing can help young people make the right choice. 

Locally, opportunities to explore different careers in healthcare are available through the career shadowing program at Pratt Regional Medical Center.  The shadowing program at PRMC continues to grow every year.  Last year, we had 56 high school students shadow in different areas of the hospital, including Radiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, Surgery, Community Care, Nursing Floors, OB, Pharmacy, and Lab.  We also had a few in office areas, but most of the interest is in patient care. 

Students come from Pratt and surrounding communities to take advantage of our shadowing program.  Many students who shadow are somewhat interested in a certain area of healthcare, and after spending the day in that department, they are either more excited about pursuing that career, or they know it is not for them and they are back to exploring other opportunities.  Students are usually referred to the PRMC shadowing program through a school counselor or teacher. 

PRMC employees also work side-by-side with college students who are earning their degree in a healthcare field.  For example, PRMC has two radiology technology students for a full year, allowing them the opportunity to learn through experience.  PRMC and Pratt Community College also work together to educate future nurses.  These types of partnerships are invaluable to all involved. 

There are many employment opportunities available in healthcare.  Not all healthcare jobs involve patient care.  I for one knew while I was still in high school that I wanted to be in healthcare, but not on the clinical side. There are also opportunities to work in an office setting such as accounting, transcription, health information management, etc.   To learn more about the shadowing opportunities at PRMC, you may contact Kim Stivers at 450-1444.