Premier partnership

Hands-on camp for high school students hopes to fill local nursing shortage

In partnership with Premier Health, Wright State University’s College of Health, Education and Human Services hosted a summer camp for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing nursing in college.

“It’s a great way to test the waters,” said Diego Martinez, a junior at Tecumseh High School who participated in the camp.

The camp is one example of how Wright State and Premier Health are working to build a pipeline of skilled nurses in the Dayton region.

“We know that there’s a nursing shortage, and that’s predicted to increase in the years to come,” said Marty Sexton, Ph.D., professor of nursing and associate dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Services. “We are hopeful to build the nursing workforce by engaging students early on.”

Wright State hosted the camp on July 18 to July 20. Almost 30 students participated in various training exercises for two days on the Dayton Campus and one day at Miami Valley Hospital.

Participants received CPR certification, Stop the Bleed training, and other professional interactions and lessons from Wright State and Premier Health staff, and toured Wright State and Premier Health facilities, including a planned Care Flight.

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