Students at South Oldham High School learn life-saving skills


Students at South Oldham High School have learned techniques to help someone live another day. The UofL Hospital Trauma and Outreach Coordinator hosted a Stop the Bleed class on Thursday. Students were taught bystander tourniquet training as a way to control bleeding in an emergency. The skills they are learning now are encouraging the next generation of healthcare workers, students like Alexiya Crask. She dreams of becoming a nurse. “Sitting here, stopping the bleeding and doing the trinkets and stuff, it’s like I can’t wait to go to college because I can finally get there and do this,” Crask said. Tracie Burchett, The University of Louisville Hospital Trauma and Outreach Coordinator says they need more young people willing to join the field. the public speaks to our young people,” Burchett said. About a third of participating students are interested in the medical field. Students say learning more about the job encourages them to pursue their careers. “I think that makes me want to be a nurse more because I want to be able to help people and help them through tough times,” Kelsey Tyler said. “Events like this bring the reality of nursing and the healthcare field to them in their space,” Burchett said. No matter what profession they choose, they learn vital skills and broaden their possibilities for the future.

Students at South Oldham High School have learned techniques to help someone live another day.

The UofL Hospital Trauma and Outreach Coordinator hosted a Stop the Bleed class on Thursday. Students were taught bystander tourniquet training as a way to control bleeding in an emergency.

The skills they are learning now are encouraging the next generation of healthcare workers, students like Alexiya Crask. She dreams of becoming a nurse.

“Sitting here, stopping the bleeding and doing the trinkets and stuff, it’s like I can’t wait to go to college because I can finally get there and do this,” Crask said.

Tracie Burchett, trauma and outreach coordinator at the University of Louisville Hospital, says they need more young people willing to join the field.

“We are at a critical shortage of nurses. The pandemic has made it worse for us as nurses, so it’s critical for us to be out there in public talking to our young people,” Burchett said.

About a third of participating students have an interest in the medical field. Students say learning more about the job encourages them to pursue their careers.

“I think that drives me to want to be a nurse more because I want to be able to help people and help them through tough times,” Kelsey Tyler said.

“Events like this bring the reality of nursing and the healthcare field to them in their space,” Burchett said.

Whichever profession they choose, they learn vital skills and broaden their possibilities for the future.

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