It's not every day you see teenagers working in a hospital. But with the teen volunteer program at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, there are numerous high schoolers lending a hand.
Abbie Streeval, 14, of Liberty, is one of them. A freshman at Casey County High School, Abbie wants to be a pharmacist.
As a teen volunteer, she is testing out the career in the hospital pharmacy from July 7 until Aug. 5.
While those students volunteering in registration or merchandise at the gift store were told beforehand specifically what they would be doing, Abbie was going to find out on her first day.
"I'm excited to get to see how it works," she says. "I'm not very nervous even though I usually am."
Abbie estimates there are 30 teen volunteers in the program, working everywhere from McDowell Place to radiology.
At their orientation, the volunteers heard about confidentiality and the consequences of violating those statutes as well as the HIPPA rules. Program coordinators listed expectations, and the do's an don'ts of volunteering. According to Abbie, "one silly thing you can do is that you can comb a patient's hair," but you can't sit down on someone's bed if you're in their room.