Spencer High School took a group of students to Iowa Lakes Community College to participate in a surgical tech simulation. The simulation, hosted by participants currently in the Iowa Lakes surgical tech program, allowed the high school students to see, first-hand, the process of surgery.
In the group, a pair of sisters, Rachel and Grace Martinez. Rachel is in the Iowa Lakes program, studying to one day become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Her sister, Grace, is a sophomore, and participated in this school trip.
Rachel didn't know a whole lot about the medical field, but she thought it would be fun to work in the operating room.
"Once I was in the OR, I saw what everyone did," Rachel said. "It made me really interested in being a nurse anesthetist."
Grace was able to experience the OR by way of the class trip, and it has also inspired her to go into the medical field.
"I'd like to go to school for nursing," Grace said. "I've thought about being a CRNA."
Grace was able to participate on this field trip through her health occupations class, an elective taught by Denise Cole.
"The students got very involved," Cole said.
"My favorite part was doing the laparoscopic surgeries in the fake bodies," Grace said. "We pulled out candy with the tools."
Next year she plans on taking either a class to be a certified nursing assistant (CNA), or a medical terminology class.
Rachel will graduate from the surgical tech program in July. From there, she plans on working as a registered nurse for two years, a requirement for the CRNA program.