Posted: Mar 23, 2013 9:40 AM by Matt Jones - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - Hundreds of students and advisors from across Montana congregated in Great Falls on Friday for the HOSA State Leadership Conference.
HOSA - Health Occupation Students of America - is an organization for future healthcare professionals and allows students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in school to practical situations.
During the morning session, students competed in a variety of events ranging from CPR, first aid, nursing, public speaking, and job interview simulations.
In the afternoon the students headed to Benefis Health System where they were able to attend 16 different symposiums ranging from Mercy Flight to robotic surgery and while there, they gained some hands-on experience with healthcare technology and professionals.
During the competition events, students were judged on their professionalism, how well they performed their skill, and if they followed standard safety precautions.
Darby Lacey, National Region 1 vice president said, "A ton of hours goes into practicing and preparing either your presentation or practicing your skill so that you can get every point possible, and then going in and performing and doing what you've practiced so hard, and then tomorrow we have an awards banquet where students are given medals for their accomplishments."
The top three students from the conference will go on to compete against 7,000 other students in the HOSA National Leadership Conference this summer in Tennessee.