Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop has signed a proclamation designating Nov. 3 — 9 National Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Week.
Grieshop read the proclamation to a room full of Harlan County High School students who are participating in a course that gives them an orientation into the health care fields.
Health Science Instructor Joyce Gibson, who teaches the class, pointed out the students receive both high school and college credit for the course.
“They’ll be ready for a job when they graduate,” said Gibson. “Of course, some of them are going on into a health care profession.”
Gibson said the students will graduate as certified nursing assistants.
“So they’re ready to go to work,” said Gibson.
Gibson said the students are enrolled for college credit through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College even though the students are high school seniors.
“There’s a national need for health care workers,” Grieshop told the class. “There are more people entering into their retirement age and they need health care. Also, there will be an actual shortage of nurses as we move forward, so you’re in a profession that will be in demand.”
Grieshop told the students he had worked in the health care profession himself as a dietitian.
“Health care is a wonderful profession to be in,” said Grieshop. “Especially if you love to serve other people. If you don’t like serving other people, it may not be the right profession.”
Grieshop pointed out to the students that other professions are not as satisfactory to those who like to serve others.
“I was in sales for a while,” said Grieshop. “I didn’t necessarily like it because when I was in sales … you had to be selfish to be successful in sales. I got back into hospital work and I really liked it because giving to other people is the type of profession that I like.”
Gibson added that health care is a service.
Grieshop then read and signed the proclamation.
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