Students at Yates High School are getting practical experience in the health services arena. The Health Science Program at Yates HS is in its first year, and the new Jack Yates Community Clinic opened at the beginning of March. Services provided in the Community Clinic include blood pressure screenings for faculty, staff and students, height and weight measurements, and patient education.
Students are currently learning how to welcome patients and take their blood pressure.
“The Community Clinic is very important to the students’ educational development. With the experience that they gain from interacting with the Jack Yates community, the transition from this setting to the actual clinical setting will be extremely stress-free,” said Shannon Bonner, R.N., B.S.N.
Bonner runs the Health Science Program and teaches the courses. Her goal is to prepare students for various careers in the healthcare industry such as nursing, medicine, surgical technology, allied health, dietary and healthcare informatics.
Currently 130 students are in the program, and their course of study includes safety in healthcare, communication skills (verbal and nonverbal), healthcare facilities and the different roles and responsibilities of hospital employees and medical staff.