DAVENPORT, Iowa — Genesis Health Center hosted a summer youth program to help educate and recruit the next generation of nurses.
Through the Genesis Adventures in Nursing Camp, high school students took part in a mock trauma drill, acting as nurses during a staged emergency with a car crash victim.
Staff and the hospital said there is a shortage of nurses in the field, and are encouraging teenagers to consider a career in nursing.
"I was kind of off and on with a couple careers before the program, but I feel like this program has really helped me see that nursing is what I want to do," said one of the program participants.
The program is available for students between 9th and 12th grades. It offers one week of first-hand experience across nursing duties and other healthcare opportunities.
Guidance counselors across Quad Cities high schools get pre-registration forms during the first week of April each year.