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NMMC's Summer Health Academy meets from 8 a.m. until noon the first week of June each year. Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and have completed the sixth, seventh or eighth grade are eligible. Participation is limited to 25 students who will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and desire to enter a health profession. The deadline is in mid-April each year to submit applications, transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
NMMC's Summer Health Academy will introduce students to various careers in health care while reinforcing positive lifestyle choices. Participants will spend four hours each day with nurses and other health care professionals who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
Students will tour several nursing units at NMMC, as well as the Wellness Center. Because enrollment is limited, students will be able to interact one-on-one with nurses, physicians, radiologic technologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health care staff.
The fee for Summer Health Academy is $50, which includes educational materials, a T-shirt, snacks and Friday lunch. Applications are available at area schools and by calling the NMMC Employment Services Department at (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375). Students who are selected to participate will be notified in early May.
Click here for the 2013 brochure.
Job shadowing allows you to explore various health careers to see firsthand what each career involves. To arrange an appointment, contact Rosalyn Campbell, career counselor, at (662) 377-3245.
North Mississippi Medical Center's Nurse Mentorship Academy offers graduating high school seniors a conduit by which to enter the nursing profession. Students with interest in medical fields other than nursing are also eligible to attend. Not only do participants have the opportunity to work in a hospital setting, but they also receive mentoring, life skills training and a basic knowledge of medical terminology and nursing skills.
Students meet from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for seven weeks. Tuesdays consist of nursing education and mentoring. Thursdays feature guest speakers, life skills, job shadowing and volunteering. Participants are provided a uniform (scrubs and lab jacket) and T-shirt. Students who successfully complete Phase I of the Nurse Mentorship Academy at NMMC advance to Phase II.
Phase II is the 80-hour Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program at Itawamba Community College. Upon completion of the course, students 18 and older are eligible to take the CNA examination. The program ends with a pinning ceremony and celebration at NMMC.
Students who complete the CNA course and become certified are then employable in the field of nursing and are at a great advantage to succeed in an LPN or RN program of their choice.
Applications for the Nurse Mentorship Academy are available in area high school guidance offices and from the NMMC Employment Services Department. Twenty students will be selected to participate in the program based upon interest in the health care field, two letters of recommendation, grade point average, ACT score, 250-word essay, an individual interview and a panel interview.
To learn more about the 2013 session, click here. For more information, call (662) 377-3245, 377-4179 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).
To download an application, click here.
The NMMC Nurse Mentorship Academy is made possible by a grant from the Bower Foundation.
Students in the Physician Shadowing Program must have completed their second year of college in pursuit of a medical career. During the program, they spend time with family physicians, surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and emergency physicians. The Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi funds the program through the P.K. Thomas Jr., M.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund. Each student receives hourly compensation, a lab coat and support materials. For more information, call (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).