May 4, 2006

Contact: Lyn Sutton (505) 272-9823

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Thursday, April 27, nearly 170 children attended work with their parents at the University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) for the nationwide Bring Your Child to Work Day. The two-hour work session gave participating children an opportunity to learn about UNMH and the people that work at the hospital.

To begin the day, the children filled out a mock application from human resources and received a time card from the compensation and benefits office to clock in for their mini work day.

Professionals from several different departments talked to the children about their work duties and experiences, including workers from Carrie Tingley Occupational Therapy, UNMH Child Life, UNMH Sleep Disorders Center , Radiology, the Heart Station, Safety, and Infection Control.

The children were also given tours of the Basic Advanced Trauma Computer Assisted Virtual Experience facility (BATCAVE) where medical professionals go to gain state-of-the-art training through the use of human simulator mannequins. While there, the children learned how to use stethoscopes, find a pulse on a human patient simulator, and about CPR and lung function.

At the end of the work session, the children clocked out and received popcorn and a coupon for the hospital cafeteria as pay. The event proved to be huge success for UNMH as many of the children asked if they could come back the next day.

Bring Your Child to Work Day is held annually on the fourth Thursday of April.