Archives for October 2012

Blood and Guts during Halloween Week

Job shadowing give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Victorina R. and Abbigail A., students from Maplewood High School’s Academy of Sports Medicine and Wellness,  participated in a a field trip to St. Thomas Hospital. In this post, Victorina and Abbigail write about their experience.



On Oct. 30, I went to St. Thomas hospital to experience what being a nurse or a doctor really is about. I met a really nice nurse named Nicole.  She showed us all around the hospital. I liked that there weren’t many people on the field trip because I actually had more of a hands-on experience.

The thing I like the most was when we got to make the fake wounds/cuts. I liked coming up with the ideas to make it because it wasn’t something I had really done before and it was different than anything I had ever done before. When I was putting the blood on the “wound” it was cool to me because there was so many different ways that we could have made them and made them look.

My second favorite thing was when we got to go to the back and put on the body suits and go back to see people in surgery. It’s so much different seeing it than just hearing about it. When I got back there and got to see all that, it made me realize that I really wanted to be a doctor and help people. Seeing how big the open heart surgery room was just blew my mind. I never would have thought it would be that big. And a part of that was seeing Mr. Kennedy participate with us.

I also experienced the training room with the manikins and how they worked. I saw how they worked the robots which they also use in surgery. I personally had a really good time at the hospital and seeing what it’s really like beyond just going and sitting in a waiting room. If there could be many more field trips like that, it would be great!



My experience yesterday October 30, 2012 at Saint Thomas was absolutely excellent and educating. I have been at Saint Thomas due to family emergencies, so my surroundings were very familiar. Our tour guide was Mrs. Nicole, a VERY energetic and had a fantastic attitude, was very educating about the hospital. The hospital was very organized, and clean. Personally my favorite part was the operating rooms, and seeing Mr. Kennedy in the “scrubs.”

Mrs. Nicole was so happy and perky it made me want to smile. She wasn’t SOOO serious as doctors usually are. She knew what she was talking about even when we were asking questions outside of her particular profession. She was teaching us about the scholarships offered by Saint Thomas, and every tiny aspect of the hospital. Although, she had some help with her colleagues of course (which were also very happy to answer and explain anything we pretty much had curiosity about.) They all kept it fun AND educational. We were there for a long period of time, and we didn’t have time to be bored.

The hospital was in VERY good condition, very clean, and seemed very well organized. I was able to go places in the hospital visitors are never allowed, I felt special.  They had the recent incident with meningitis being passed around through the patients, and now if you look at the hospital you would have asked yourself “Are you sure we are talking about this hospital?” because it was so clean, and peaceful.

Last but not least, my favorite part was with no doubt the operating room.  Even though I disliked how I looked in the bodysuit like things, we all got a good laugh at each other AND Mr. Kennedy. The operating room area was where I was most alert; everywhere you looked there were so many tools and devices. I was afraid I was going to have a big gash somewhere.  The most significant part of the whole trip was being able to look in the windows of the surgeries. That was one of the most memorable things I’ve experienced in my life.

I very much enjoyed my trip to Saint Thomas, even though I realize you aren’t supposed to ever have fun at a hospital, but with Mrs. Nicole and her other colleagues it was very fun, and I would love to do it again.

Students visit Starbucks Distrubution Center

Field trips give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Idaisha B., Carey R., and Jared A., students from Hillsboro High School’s Academy of International Business and Communications,  participated in a field trip this September of the Starbucks Distribution Center in LaVergne, Tenn. In this post, Carey writes about their experience.

On Wednesday Sept. 26, two classmates and I took a tour of the Starbucks distribution center in Lavergne, Tenn. All three of us are currently enrolled in the logistics class in the Business and Communications Academy at Hillsboro High School, so we knew before the visit how significant an opportunity this was. Minutes after stepping in the facility, we were engaged in conversation with different distribution professionals throughout Tennessee. Luckily, because of my logistics class, I was able to hold my end of the conversation about their core business activities. With each conversation I took part in, one asset I noticed about each employee was the passion he or she had for logistics and the business in general. Each person jumped at the chance to answer any questions I had and constantly encouraged me for my interest in this area of business.

Finally after about 45 minutes of networking, we sat down to hear presentations. Three men stood up to talk about the distribution center; the Vice President of the Council for Supply Chain Management, the Vice President of Logistics at Asurion, and the President of OHL. The final presenter and OHL president, explained significant statistics used for operational improvement based on present data and future industry projections. One thing I noticed through each graph in his PowerPoint was the rise in success from 2001 to 2008, then a drop in 2009, and finally a steady incline up to 2011. Anybody who was an American citizen in 2009 should be familiar with the recession that occurred. I read and heard a lot of stories about the recession and its impact on America. So as each slide passed and each graph showed that big drop, it was a constant reminder of the impact the recession had on American companies and businesses, even one as big as Starbucks.

After the presentations were over, we took a tour of the distribution center. You talk about humungous! You could barely see the wall at the other side of the building. Even at 7:30 p.m. workers were still busy moving around, riding lift carts with boxes, and it was just busy, busy, busy! As we walked through out the center, our guide said that one distribution center provides over 350 jobs. At first it seemed like a lot of workers, but as the tour continued and we saw the entire inventory, 350 did not seem to be enough. One more thing I noticed was the technology and how they incorporated it with their workers. Each worker had a scanning device on their wrist used to record every item dropped off and picked up. As the tour went on, it seemed that with every step I took there was a beep that went along with it. That was a great example of how companies are using technology to their advantage, working faster and more efficient.

When the tour ended, we all met back in the same room where the presentations were held, and after more small talk and thanks, we headed back home. The tour of Starbucks distribution center in Laverne, Tenn. was definitely an eye opener. It gave me great insight of how important logistics and supply chain management is for an organization. Logistics are especially important for a large business that is trying to globally expand. It also showed how many jobs one distribution center can provide, and how many can be lost due to either bad business practices or even worse a recession. I will never forget this experience, and I would love to share it with anyone who is willing to listen.