Students get first hand look at medical field

Life Link III and Allina Medical Ground Transportation  were part of a junior and senior “Exploring Health Careers and Occupational” class held May 29 at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

Medical personnel visit with students from Cambridge-Isanti High School May 29 to talk about their profession.

The helicopter staff included a pilot (many come from military background), a critical care flight registered nurse and a specially trained flight paramedic. As part of this exercise, the flight crew had a medical doctor-resident from Regions Hospital fly in with them. Allina Medical Transportation staffs an Advance Life Support Paramedic and specially trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Some of the questions the students asked included: Why did you pick this field? What are your likes and dislikes about the career? Where did you attend school? How were your grades? Did you volunteer or do any form of internship? What is your pay range/scale? What do you do at your job?

Students receive an inside tour of a Life Link helicopter.

The Braham Reserve officers and the Cambridge Reserve officers secured the helicopter’s landing zone for the safety of the Cambridge-Isanti High School students and the public roads surrounding the landing zone.

After the students were finished, the reserve officers had a private helicopter training with the pilot, nurse and paramedic. They had an opportunity to discuss communications, safety and securing landing zones and approaching a helicopter.

Lorie Dixon, RN, who works in the Cambridge Medical Center Emergency Room, worked as a paramedic for Allina Medical Transportation and a flight paramedic prior to becoming an emergency room nurse. Dixon, along with students’ instructor, Jennifer Olson, coordinated the event. The students also had an opportunity to ask Dixon questions about being a nurse in the emergency room.

Article and photos provided by Lorie Dixon