WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a nonprofit hospital, graduated four junior high and high school students from its Dare to Care student volunteer program this summer. The 17-hour course offers 13 to 18 year olds the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare by working directly with Hospital staff as a patient care assistant. Participants are taught communication skills and confidentiality policies in class settings. Dare To Care volunteers are also trained in infection control methods and CPR during clinical portions of the curriculum. CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital Kevin Donovan explained that the Dare to Care program was created by Mt. Ascutney nursing staff to give students an opportunity to discover if a healthcare career is right for them. “The Dare To Care program allows students to learn about jobs in healthcare through hands on experiences with Mt. Ascutney staff,” stated Donovan. “Students involved in the program also develop new skill sets that are valuable in both their professional and personal lives.” The Dare To Care program is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Students interested should call Wanda L. Pockett, RN, BS, at (802) 674-7440 or Jill Lord at (802) 674-7224.
(Left To Right): Karen Fan, Windsor, VT Emily Anderson, Windsor, VT Emily Herschel, Springfield, VT Devin Speed, Perkinsville, VT