Choosing a career is not always easy, especially right after high school.
“I didn’t know if I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. My parents
always encouraged me to find a stable profession,” said Kamee Vannorsdall,
Registered Nurse at Kaweah Delta’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
At Kaweah Delta, we want to provide local students with the necessary resources
to understand what life could be like in the medical field as a doctor,
a nurse, a physical therapist, etc. through a program called Doc B.A.N.D.
(Build and Navigate Your Destiny). Doc B.A.N.D gives Visalia high school
students, like Kamee -- past participant of Doc B.A.N.D.-- the opportunity
to connect with our world-class medical professionals. These students,
selected by their high school counselors based on their academic performance,
are making connections that will help them understand what it takes to
turn their passion into a career.
“I was able to come and see the hospital a little bit and have some
hands-on experience. Once I was in Doc B.A.N.D., I realized how amazing
the profession was and the opportunities. I fell in love with the stories
and getting to talk to the nurses and doctors about what they do. “
Doc B.A.N.D. is a partnership program between Kaweah Delta Health Care
District, the Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia Economic Development
Corporation, and the Visalia Unified School District and Central Valley