Blood and Guts during Halloween Week

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Victorina R. and Abbigail A., students from Maplewood High School's Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness,  participated in a a field trip to St. Thomas Hospital. In this post, Victorina and Abbigail write about their experience.  


On Oct. 30, I went to St. Thomas hospital to experience what being a nurse or a doctor really is about. I met a really nice nurse named Nicole.  She showed us all around the hospital. I liked that there weren’t many people on the field trip because I actually had more of a hands-on experience.

The thing I like the most was when we got to make the fake wounds/cuts. I liked coming up with the ideas to make it because it wasn’t something I had really done before and it was different than anything I had ever done before. When I was putting the blood on the “wound” it was cool to me because there was so many different ways that we could have made them and made them look.

My second favorite thing was when we got to go to the back and put on the body suits and go back to see people in surgery. It’s so much different seeing it than just hearing about it. When I got back there and got to see all that, it made me realize that I really wanted to be a doctor and help people. Seeing how big the open heart surgery room was just blew my mind. I never would have thought it would be that big. And a part of that was seeing Mr. Kennedy participate with us.

I also experienced the training room with the manikins and how they worked. I saw how they worked the robots which they also use in surgery. I personally had a really good time at the hospital and seeing what it’s really like beyond just going and sitting in a waiting room. If there could be many more field trips like that, it would be great!



My experience yesterday October 30, 2012 at Saint Thomas was absolutely excellent and educating. I have been at Saint Thomas due to family emergencies, so my surroundings were very familiar. Our tour guide was Mrs. Nicole, a VERY energetic and had a fantastic attitude, was very educating about the hospital. The hospital was very organized, and clean. Personally my favorite part was the operating rooms, and seeing Mr. Kennedy in the “scrubs.”

Mrs. Nicole was so happy and perky it made me want to smile. She wasn’t SOOO serious as doctors usually are. She knew what she was talking about even when we were asking questions outside of her particular profession. She was teaching us about the scholarships offered by Saint Thomas, and every tiny aspect of the hospital. Although, she had some help with her colleagues of course (which were also very happy to answer and explain anything we pretty much had curiosity about.) They all kept it fun AND educational. We were there for a long period of time, and we didn’t have time to be bored.

The hospital was in VERY good condition, very clean, and seemed very well organized. I was able to go places in the hospital visitors are never allowed, I felt special.  They had the recent incident with meningitis being passed around through the patients, and now if you look at the hospital you would have asked yourself “Are you sure we are talking about this hospital?” because it was so clean, and peaceful.

Last but not least, my favorite part was with no doubt the operating room.  Even though I disliked how I looked in the bodysuit like things, we all got a good laugh at each other AND Mr. Kennedy. The operating room area was where I was most alert; everywhere you looked there were so many tools and devices. I was afraid I was going to have a big gash somewhere.  The most significant part of the whole trip was being able to look in the windows of the surgeries. That was one of the most memorable things I’ve experienced in my life.

I very much enjoyed my trip to Saint Thomas, even though I realize you aren’t supposed to ever have fun at a hospital, but with Mrs. Nicole and her other colleagues it was very fun, and I would love to do it again.