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Farrington High School Health Academy students at the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center

More than 40 Farrington High School Health Academy students interested in pursuing nursing as a career toured the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene on April 29. The Farrington Health Academy is a three-year program aimed at preparing students for post-secondary studies in a career in health services.

The highlight of the visit is when UH nursing students took the Farrington students on a walking tour of the school’s 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center. The center mimics Hawaiʻi’s leading healthcare agencies in design and equipment and features seven simulation rooms with high fidelity manikins— emergency/trauma, labor and delivery, two adult intensive care, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care and home/community setting. An eight bed unit with mid-fidelity manikins and an adjacent two bed unit with static manikins have bedside electronic health records and computerized medication dispensing units.

Health Academy students participated in three hands-on, interactive activities including learning how to correctly wash their hands, testing their ability to read vital signs on mid-fidelity manikins and watching an airway management simulation and then learning to use a bag valve mask on a high-fidelity manikin.

UH Mānoa Nursing has a long-standing partnership with the Department of Education and is committed to providing opportunities for high school students to learn about career path planning and college preparedness. The High School Direct Entry in Nursing program is designed for high school graduates who are dedicated to completing their Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in four years. With direct entry into our nursing program, a student’s academic path is secure. Students can have confidence that they have been admitted to the nursing program while they complete their prerequisite classes in a cohort based learning model.

Go to the High School Direct Entry in Nursing program website for more information.

—By Desiree Uyeda

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Farrington High School Health Academy students
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