By Christi Mays
Riley Roeh and her two sisters were each born with autoimmune diseases, and while growing up, she spent her fair share of days in and out of hospitals, either for herself or visiting her sisters.
After observing the nurses, physicians and therapists over the years, the high school senior from Katy grew fond of their service and dedication to helping others. Her desire grew to help people herself one day in some capacity of medical work.
“I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to care for patients in a meaningful way,” she said. “I don’t know why, but the nurses always stuck out to me for good and bad.”
She and 21 other high school students from across the state visited UMHB this summer to experience what it would be like to be a nursing student during the week-long Explore Cru Nursing Summer Camp. The camp allows upper-level high school students the opportunity to experience a career in nursing and what college life at UMHB has to offer, including academics, spirit and traditions, faith and learning and campus life. This year marked the camp’s 10th anniversary of inviting students to explore the world of nursing, and students learned a myriad of new skills, including taking vital signs and performing cardiac assessments and CPR.