Career Day at Northern Dutchess Hospital explores rewarding occupations



Rhinebeck, N.Y. –The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts healthcare occupations will grow much faster and add more jobs than any other occupation group the bureau tracks.


To help recruit tomorrow’s nurses and doctors, Northern Dutchess Hospital held a Healthcare Career Exploration Day for mid-Hudson Valley high school students on Monday, Jan. 16, on its Rhinebeck campus.


 Surgical Services Registered Nurse Melissa Seegars gives high school students a behind-the-scenes tour on Monday, Jan. 16, during Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Healthcare Career Exploration Day. (Courtesy Photo)


The event provided insights about career paths, day-to-day responsibilities and rewards of the jobs. Featured careers areas included nursing, obstetrics, laboratory, clinical research, pharmacy, emergency medicine, physical and occupational therapy, diagnostic imaging and more.


The event provided a glimpse into authentic working environments to spark interest in important healthcare fields. The nearly 30 students from communities such as Rhinebeck, Millbrook and Kingston visited the birth center, an operating room, radiology unit and more. At lunch, they were paired with a mentor from their top career interest.


“We were thrilled to host these talented, aspiring healthcare workers and help them on their career journeys,” chief nursing officer Pamela Rhodes said.


For information about upcoming hospital community programs, contact Sarah Bradshaw-Colomello, manager of public and community affairs, at 845-871-1720 ext. 1 (TTY 800-421-1220).