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Herkimer BOCES health science careers students
gain experience at Valley Health Services

Dec. 23, 2016



Health science careers seniors by a Christmas tree at Valley Health Services
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers senior students continued their clinical at Valley Health Services in Herkimer on Tuesday, Dec. 20, by wrapping presents for residents in addition to their normal tasks. Pictured at Valley Health Services, from left, front row: Nicole Ryan, Katherine Armstrong, Danielle Florentino, Erika Wellington, Brianna Thompson, teaching assistant Victoria Hauser and Kayley Bonificio. Back row: Torii Rodriguez, Kristyn Abounader, Kaylee Kirwin, Angel Holden, Elizabeth Caracane, health science careers instructor Christe Zambri, MacKenzie Kelsey, Skyler Lawrence, Melody Ray, Abbey Tero and Rachel Brooks.



HERKIMER – For Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers students, working with senior citizens during clinical at Valley Health Services in Herkimer is a rewarding and beneficial experience.

Health science careers senior Erika Wellington said it’s nice for the students to know they have a chance to change the world with what they’re doing during class.

“It’s fun and exciting,” she said. “It’s nice to help people who can’t do it themselves.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Herkimer BOCES health science careers seniors did their usual work and also wrapped presents for residents – with some students bringing in their own presents for them. That same day, juniors had their first day of clinical, which included an orientation, introductions to residents and staff and a tour of the facility.

Students spend time two or three days per week – alternating two or three days each week – at Valley Health Services for half of both their junior and senior years, health science careers instructor Christe Zambri said.

Students total 108 hours between the two years doing tasks such as helping to transfer the residents and doing personal care tasks such as feeding the residents and assisting them with getting dressed, Zambri said.

“It helps them with their communication skills, making them more employable after graduation in the healthcare field,” she said. “It’s a potential employer for them.”

Senior student Angel Holden said it’s interesting to learn what takes place at Valley Health Services.

“You’re always on your toes,” she said. “There’s never a stop in work.”

Senior student Brianna Thompson said the effort pays off with more than just experience.

“It’s really rewarding,” she said.

Senior student Rachel Brooks agreed.

“When you’re having a bad day, you come here, and they know how to cheer you up,” she said, as other students added that sometimes it’s the other way around and the students are the ones cheering up the residents.

Seniors reflected on work they’ve done thus far, but juniors were just getting started with their first day.

“Just walking in the building, that is a really big thing for them,” Zambri said.

Junior Kailee Jasewicz said the first day was overwhelming at times with many new faces to remember, but clinical gives the students experience and the ability to learn about their career options.

“It gives you more of an idea what you want to be,” she said.

Junior Olivia Grogan said she had various emotions on the first day and believed it would be a helpful experience.

“Exciting and nervous and overwhelmed,” she said.

Junior Tracy White said she learned a lot during the first day.

“Today was amazing,” she said. “I think this is a great opportunity to think if you want to be a nurse or not.”
Junior Ashley Hosler also enjoyed the start of clinical.

“I loved today. I loved the residents. I like working on my communication skills. It’s a big deal,” she said. “I think it will definitely help me figure out what I want to do in this field.”



Health science careers seniors by a Christmas tree at Valley Health Services
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES health science careers junior students had their first day of clinical at Valley Health Services in Herkimer on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Pictured at Valley Health Services, from left, front row: Lyli Cirillo, Jordanna Pohleven, Anesa Begic, Gabby Ippolito, Allison Coonradt, Kailee Jasewicz and Morgan Ward. Second row: Olivia Clemons, health science careers instructor Christe Zambri, Abby Entwistle, Lauren Makenzie, Tracy White, Ashley Hosler, Pumray Pett, Korryn VanNort, Lydia Bennett, Olivia Grogan and Brittney Klein. Third row: Kathryn Nellis, Tyler Cordell, Lexi Holden, Mary Wyckoff, David Pickett and teaching assistant Victoria Hauser.




 
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