Aspiring Young Healthcare Professionals Prepare to Make Rounds During 3rd Annual Future Health Champions Field Trip

The faculty at the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing are preparing to host as many as 50 sixth and seventh grade students from the El Sol Academy in Santa Ana for the 3rd Annual Future Health Champions Field Trip, scheduled Friday, May 25. 

El Sol Academy students check vital signs using high tech patient simulators. Simulation units mimic human vital signs including heart rate and respiration.

The fun-filled day of learning features different Health Science programs with hands-on practice.  Last year, students dissected sheep hearts, learned to take vital signs and splint injured extremities.  They looked at bacteria glowing with fluorescence and practiced CPR.  They even practiced CPR on lifelike human simulators.  This year the School of Nursing has added a demonstration on “Stop the Bleed.” 

The Future Health Champions Field Trip is the result of long-standing partnership between El Sol Academy and the UCI School of Nursing.  Every year, nursing students from UCI work onsite in Santa Ana with the El Sol community.  The nursing students gain clinical and teaching experience by conducting health screenings and teaching a wide variety of health topics.  The Future Health Champions Field Trip provides nursing students the opportunity to help the El Sol community in a different way, by introducing young people from under-represented areas, to career opportunities in health sciences. 

Nurse practitioner graduate student Trudy Chancellor demonstrates the proper way to set an injured patient’s arm using water activated plaster and other first aid materials.

This year’s Future Health Champions Field Trip Includes:

                • Campus Tours – Explore UCI’s campus and Medical Simulator Lab, where participants will meet our high-tech interactive manikins. 
                • Microscope Lab – Discover the world of microbes.  Get to know your own cells.
                • CPR Instruction – Learn about basic life support and how to perform CPR.
                • Skills Lab – Practice basic first aid, learn how to “Stop the Bleed,” get a hands-on biology lesson, and listen to heart and lung sounds. 


El Sol Academy students learned and practiced CPR techniques on lifelike simulators ranging in size from adults to infants

Founded in 2001, El Sol Science & Arts Academy of Santa Ana is a dual-immersion charter school with more than 850 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade. Since its inception, student test scores have risen dramatically at El Sol, which is today recognized as one of the top-two performing schools in Santa Ana.

The Future Health Champions program is supported in part by a grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, as a pipeline activity to inspire young people from under-represented and diverse ethnic communities to consider a career in the health professions.