PASSION TO HELP: Students’ meaningful youth experiences shape their career goals – Orange Leader

VIDOR – A car accident that left her little brother with developmental issues motivates Taliyah Ferman to pursue a career in the medical field.

Her brother was 11 and she was 12 when the accident happened.

“My brother has a tube that goes into his stomach so he can get food and medicine, and I would help my mom with that,” Ferman said.

The 18-year-old from Orange County works at the Oakwood Manor Skilled Nursing Facility after school and on weekends to get hands-on training.

When she started working there, she knew it would be a lot of hard work.

“I’m on my feet a lot,” she said. “I give baths or showers to the elderly, change their diapers. I also enter information for them if they need medication or respiratory treatment.

Time on the pitch has allowed Ferman to bond with a man who usually sits outside in his wheelchair.

“He doesn’t really get visitors, and I know he feels lonely, so I like to bring him a cupcake and sit down and talk to him,” she said. “He told me he had a twin sister and she was beaten to death. He just feels really alone.

Last fall, clinics for the Vidor High School CTE course were held at Oakwood Manor.

Ferman’s work in the effort allowed him to recently graduate from the program and high school with a head start in the profession.

“The clinics are the practical part of the course,” she said. “He teaches students what they need to know to pass their exam and receive the certificate. It takes the students from learning on mannequins to real people, which was so scary because we didn’t want to mess up and hurt anyone.

Vidor High’s Department of Health Sciences offers various certifications in areas such as Certified Health Care Aide, ECG Technology, Phlebotomy Technology, and Pharmaceutical Technology.

Ferman obtained a certificate from AIIC18. She took the Principles of Health Sciences at the start of her freshman year and waited until this year to take the certificate course as it is only open to seniors.

Ferman is now enrolling at Lamar State College Orange to pursue her goals as a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse.

Vidor High School teacher Misty Franklin pins Carter Ingram. (Courtesy picture)

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Carter Ingram moved to Vidor his freshman year from Washington State and started his health science classes to enter the CTE program.

Ingram wants to be a nurse to impact people’s lives and find her purpose.

He was also inspired by his mother’s “crazy smart” sisters.

“My aunts are my inspiration,” he said. “One aunt is a nurse and also studies microbiology and another aunt is a former volunteer firefighter turned emergency room nurse.”

Ingram’s Personal Library is a collection of anatomy and fitness titles.

He loves learning about the human body and how fitness changes the muscles in the body.

“I was hesitant about what my purpose in life would be and took advantage of different CTE courses,” he said. “I got my handler’s license. I took the animation course but failed the certificate test, and I was one question away from getting my accountancy certificate. But I found what I wanted to do with my life.

Ingram said her work in the clinic taught important lessons.

“It was very different working on models for people,” he said. “We work with real people who are really hurting, and that requires you to have compassion and empathy for them. I really enjoy working with them and know that when I look back on my life, I’ve done something meaningful.

Ingram said a speech by a Lamar State College Orange professor cemented his nursing focus.

“He was a paramedic and was on the phone where he had to perform breathing tactics on a 4-year-old boy who had been in a swimming pool for 12 minutes,” he said. “By the time they arrived at the hospital, they had a heartbeat. 14 years later they were asked to bring an ambulance to a party to show it off and the first person he shook hands with was the boy he saved. He said, ‘I bet you don’t know who I am? I am the 4 year old boy who drowned and you saved my life. The boy had no medical issues or defects and the EMT was told the boy was fine, and he knows he saved his life.

“That’s what I want to do. I want to impact someone else’s life that also impacts mine.

— Written by Sierra Kondos