WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a not-for-profit hospital, recently graduated three junior high and high school students from its Dare To Care student volunteer program. 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 program was created by Mt. Ascutney Hospital staff to give students an opportunity to gain valuable life experience while pursuing a career in healthcare. “Dare To Care allows students to discover if a healthcare career is right for them while learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience in a professional setting,” stated Donovan. “The program also builds a sense of confidence, self esteem and responsibility that students will find 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): Krysten Patrick, Charlestown, NH, Signe Tarmey, Charlestown, NH, Mykayla O’Briend, Hartland, VT