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Tullahoma High School HOSA Students Learn about Healthcare Careers during Visit to Motlow College

April 26, 2013

Nineteen Tullahoma High School students and their instructor, Gina Bumbalough, visited the Motlow College campus to learn about educational opportunities offered through Motlow's Nursing and Allied Health programs.

Amy Huff, Motlow's director of nursing and allied health, standing at right, welcomed this group of HOSA students and their instructor, Gina Bumbalough, to the Motlow College Moore County campus and talked to the group about Motlow's Nursing and Allied Health programs. Students are, in front from left, Holly Stewart, Avie Howard, Ashleigh Berber, Julie Watts and Ayla Glisson; middle row from left, Matt Broussard, Hunter Myers, Kelton Hickerson, Jonathan Floyd and Arika Hare; and in back from left, Brenda Cannon and Stacy Johnson, who also spoke to the THS group, Amber Pamplin, Jacqueline Zebick, Robin Stone, Lauren Hasty, Matt Carnes, Hunter Lungren, Grace Relford, Becca Chatterton, Nikki Sanson, Bumbalough and Huff.
The students, members of the Health Occupations Student Association, were "wonderful, attentive students who asked great questions," said Amy Huff, director of nursing and allied health at the college.

Huff shared information about the nursing program at Motlow and led the THS students on a tour of the Marcum Technology Center, where they observed nursing students practicing mock code in the skills lab.

Stacy Johnson, emergency medical services coordinator and instructor, spoke about Motlow's Emergency Medical Technician Program "with good effect," said Huff. "At the beginning of the session, no one indicated an interest in EMS, but in the surveys completed mid-day, nine students indicated EMS professions as one of their top three areas of interest."

Huff said 13 of the students stated on the survey that they plan to enter the healthcare field after graduating from high school, with nursing, physical therapy and EMT as their top career choices. Answers to the question, "Why do you want to work in healthcare?" included "I enjoy helping people," "it is important to know how to react in health emergencies," and "I love helping people, the good pay, and it would be rewarding," and "There are many jobs in the medical field."

Spice Miller, Breakthrough to Nursing Student Nurses Association representative and level II nursing student, gave a presentation about Motlow's nursing program, and Miller and another Motlow nursing student, Shannon Holt, answered questions from the THS students.

Also on the agenda was an informational session by Brenda Cannon, director of student and campus relations. Cannon shared information about the college experience, student life, and personal responsibility.