47389890_576630366128942_1711891204460773376_nBy Nicole Noce

Elm Staff Writer

You never know when you could be placed in a situation that could require you to save a person’s life.

Washington College’s chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) hopes to equip students with life-saving skills, especially those interested in healthcare professions, by offering CPR, ARD, and First Aid certification and training.

 “HOSA is an organization that is committed to providing career development, educational support and volunteer opportunities for the pre-health community,” junior Stephaney Wilson, president, said.

While a definitive date has not yet been determined, the training is set to take place in late April. The session will most likely occur in the JFC Training Room, led by Head Athletic Trainer and Lecturer in Physical Education Carrie Kerr. The session will be open to everyone on campus.

“I believe that everyone should have CPR/AED/First Aid training to be prepared for the unexpected. You never know when there will be an emergency situation and you may need to provide aid,” said HOSA advisor Aaron Amick, associate professor of chemistry and department chair.

Last semester, students participated in a similar CPR and First Aid training through the American Red Cross, also instructed by Kerr.

Although HOSA is geared toward students interested in healthcare, other professions such as firefighters, police officers, lifeguards, and childcare providers would also benefit from and may be required to have CPR/AED/First Aid training.

For those seeking to pursue a career in medicine, undergoing these trainings and receiving the certifications are tools that may be required to land an internship or a job.

“This is the type of training that most employers expect an undergraduate student to have especially in regard to some summer job opportunities. The experience of gaining CPR/AED/First Aid certification also allows students to show graduate and professional schools that they are serious in pursuing a career in a healthcare field since they are working toward learning some of the skills needed for the workplace,” junior Ashley Maczka, HOSA treasurer, said.

These trainings also provide a solid stepping stone for students interested in going into emergency medicine.

“If a student wants to pursue a more intensive EMT training they should have CPR/AED/First Aid training first,” Amick said.

HOSA will be holding several other events this semester in addition to offering the CPR/AED/First Aid Training.

Following spring break, on March 19, HOSA will be collaborating with Cleopatra’s Sisters to sponsor a Women’s and LGBTQ Health discussion. They will also be hosting a spring blood drive on April 4 and will be collaborating with Relay for Life on April 12 to hold a dunk tank event where students will be able to dunk their professors.

Along with these events, there a few planned presentations and discussions with current members of the healthcare field, with more details to follow.

Students interested in HOSA are encouraged to attend bi-weekly meetings, held on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The next meeting will be held on March 26.

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