On Thursday, April 25 UNM Hospitals will again participate in the annual nationwide Bring Your Child to Work Day. About 150 children will attended a “work” session at the hospital with their parent or grandparent, learning about the hospital, and the medical and administrative professionals who make it work.
Children aged 9 through high school senior will receive a time card from compensation and benefits staff to “clock in” to their session. Then, children and their parents will visit exhibits from hospitals departments such as TriCore lab, Sleep Center, Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency, Child Life, and the Operating Room. There they will learn about health care issues as they see X-rays and blood cultures, and even prep for and participated in a mock surgery.
Tours to the pharmacy, security, helipad, and food & nutrition kitchen show kids more of the inner workings of the hospital. Once the attendees finish making their “rounds,” they will clock out and receive a “paycheck” coupon for use in the cafeteria.
Last year one child was heard asking his father if he could go back and practice placing surgical staples in a pig’s foot – perhaps a budding UNMH surgeon in the making!
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322