by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) Eleven middle school students from eastern Iowa spent three days at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo. They're not patients, but they may be future healthcare workers.
"We want to bring the students into a hospital environment to expose them to as many healthcare careers as possible," said Kris Marmie with human resources.
The students tour various departments and go behind the scenes to see all varieties and types of jobs available.
Kris Marmie said there are a lot of other jobs at hospitals besides doctors and nurses, which many people don't know about.
"Some of the students have an interest in being a physician. Some in nursing and it's always neat to see when they're done with the program then where their interest really is. Sometimes it changes. Sometimes it enhances," said Marmie.
"I knew there were different jobs in the hospital, but I didn't realize how many jobs there are," said Ben Hager.
14-year-old Ben Hager thinks he'd like to be a trauma surgeon.
12-year-old Ayris Hodges wants to be a pediatrician.
"Because my mom always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician so thought it would be good to learn about the medical profession," said Ayris Hodges.
There's an application process for the camp each spring. A limited number of students interested in healthcare are accepted.
The goal is to give these students a better understanding of possible careers in healthcare, and to give them an idea of what they need to do now to prepare for careers in healthcare.
Maybe years down the road, some of the same students could be back in the hospital as employees.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner