LEEF’s Annual Partner, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center (CPRMC), partners annually with Leander ISD’s Health Science students at both Leander High and Cedar Park High. During their senior year, students part of this program attend an 8-12 week rotation with exciting opportunities to observe CPRMC staff in action. To be eligible for this program, students and instructors underwent a background check, 5-panel drug screening, and received up-to-date immunizations.
The partnership with CPRMC has been a huge pull for students to join the Health Science track. Students observe CPRMC staff and real-world interactions with patients, procedures, and other treatments in the following areas:
- Cath Lab
- Outpatient Surgery
- PACU (Postanesthesia care unit)
- Medical Surgical Floor
- Respiratory Therapy
- Labor & Delivery
- NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
- Physical Therapy
Students were asked to keep a clinical journal and make a weekly entry. Many students expressed life-changing moments, such as being present at the birth of a new baby, seeing a newborn hearing test, witnessing the emotional impact of first-time parents bonding with a new baby, or saying goodbye to a loved one in IUC. In the OR, students observed several robotic surgeries and learned about many new procedures. Students answered honestly as to whether they could see themself working in a clinical setting, while others discovered roles they had never thought of and now may want to pursue.
This amazing partnership has led LISD Health and Science students to better understand where their passions are in health care. Student graduates have gone on to obtain a degree or license in nursing, neuroscience, anesthesiology, paramedics, public health, and so much more. LEEF would like to thank CPRMC for their commitment to our foundation and the school district!
“I have seen so much growth and professionalism in my students this year. I’d like to thank CPRMC Education director, Alicia Rosiu MSN, RN for helping make this experience for LISD practicum students come true.” – Robin Spinelli, MS RN; Health Science and Kinesiology Teacher at Cedar Park High School