White County Medical Center hosts local SNAP program

White County Medical Center recently hosted its annual Summer Nursing Activities Program (SNAP). The SNAP program is a unique experience opened to students in the eighth and ninth-grade that have an interest in pursuing careers in nursing. This three-day program gives students real-world educational opportunities, while teaching them basic nursing skills.

Under the direction of WCMC SNAP Coordinator, Dee DeLoach, students learned different nursing skills such as communication, medical terminology, administering CPR and first aid, taking blood pressure and checking blood sugar levels. Other learning exercises involved students pretending to be patients as classmates practiced feeding them, just as they would a real patient; also, they learned how to change bed linens with a patient in the bed.

“The SNAP program has given me the opportunity to see young people’s desire to learn about the nursing career reinforce my confidence in our future nurses,” DeLoach said. “We had a unique experience to go through the Cancer Center of Excellence and I could see the compassion in these young faces. Many times I became the student and they taught me. We are blessed to have an administrative team at White County Medical Center who sees the value in developing our youth into our future healthcare providers.”

A total of 10 students representing White and Lonoke Counties participated in SNAP 2014. Students included: Andrea LaFave from Austin; Macy Walker from Bald Knob; Sarah Peterson and Collin Brock from Beebe; “Lexi” Foster from Griffithville; Alexis Motes from Lonoke; and Megan Drye, Macky Ann Hurst, Mallory Prior and “Biz” Washington from Searcy.

Students who participate in SNAP must meet specific requirements to qualify for the program. They must have a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and completed, or be enrolled in, a Life Science course; they also must submit letters of recommendation and write a brief essay about their interest in SNAP.

For more information about the Summer Nursing Activities Program, please contact SNAP Coordinator Dee DeLoach at (501) 278-3189 or via e-mail at ddeloach@wcmc.org.

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to create a healthy community by providing quality patient care and participating in community health events. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.