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'Scrubs Camp' to promote Health Careers in Dickinson

Dickinson, ND - The current and projected shortage of healthcare professionals in North Dakota and across the nation is creating a critical demand for an increased healthcare workforce. Some of the most exciting careers, for both men and women, are in health information technology,  nursing, pharmacy, and many more areas. Thousands of additional healthcare workers will be needed in the coming years. Exposing young children to healthcare professions and encouraging older youth to explore health careers is fundamental to successfully ‘growing our own’ rural healthcare workforce. Therefore, CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, RACTC, and Dickinson Public Schools applied for and received $2,500 to hold a Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camp. This is an exciting program supported by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences focused on rural students in grades 5-12. The overall purpose of the program is to build awareness, spark interest, and increase understanding of the variety of health careers available in rural North Dakota through creative and interactive activities.

  • An R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 8:00 am MT-3:00 pm MT at the Biesiot Activities Center, 398 State Ave N, in Dickinson. The focus of this event will be for students in grades 10-12. Applications due by February 22nd. Applications can be found with your local school administration or online here

For more information, please contact Site Coordinator Patricia Billings at 701-456-4469 or click here. We look forward to having students in our community participate in this exciting opportunity. You never know who the next doctor, nurse, pharmacist, radiology technologist or health information technology expert will be!

The UND R-COOL Health Scrubs Camp is sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at The University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, and Roughrider Area Career and Technology Center.