BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Healthcare workers are in demand in part because of the pandemic and the Broken Arrow Chamber wants to encourage the next generation to consider healthcare as a career.

Healthcare professionals spent the day at Union and Broken Arrow Freshman Academies and Broken Arrow Option Academy talking about the healthcare industry.

More than 100 healthcare workers took the time to teach about 2,500 students what it is like to work in the medical field in hopes of inspiring them to pursue careers there and the students were at listening.

“I feel like it just reassured me that I really wanted to do this. At first I was a little uncertain about it. I was like ‘do I really want to go into the field medical’ but after they arrived I was like ‘you know what I want to do,’” said Union Freshman Academy student Xochitl Peralta.

Peralta wants to be a nurse. His reaction to today’s event was exactly what organizers were hoping for.

“This may be the first time they’ve had a real understanding of what health is and the different aspects of the health industry,” said Amber Miller of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.

Many students may think of health care solely as doctors and nurses, but this career day helped change that perception.

“We explain that this is not the case. You can do a lot of things under it. So they are delighted. I actually have more interaction than I ever imagined,” said Crystal Jones, RN at Brookdale Senior Living.

It wasn’t just about listening and asking questions, students practiced taking a person’s blood pressure and creating a neuron out of modeling clay.

“It’s a matter of textile experience,” Jones said.

Peralta says talking to professionals and getting hands-on experiences inspired her.

“I feel like more schools should be doing this and I think it’s very necessary because it just helps students overall,” Peralta said.

The Broken Arrow Chamber will host more career workshops this summer and plans to showcase the manufacturing industry at another career day in October.

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