Day In The Life

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has developed a new program, free of charge, to introduce high school students to the opportunities available in pediatric health care. Areas included are emergency medicine, nursing, child life, pharmacy, pathology, radiology, rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as respiratory therapy.

All 2021 Sessions Are Cancelled – Please stay tuned for future 2022 dates


Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
8200 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114

This program will simulate a “day in the life” of a health care provider. Students will see first-hand the care provided to a pediatric patient by different providers in the hospital, as they work through a simulated case study. Students will witness the importance of communication and teamwork among caregivers. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the various health professions, education requirements and career paths.

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is intended for high school students age 16 and over. If you have any questions, contact Office of Education at 402-955-4582.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How old do I have to be to participate?

    This program is available to high school students age 16 or above.

    How far in advance do I need to register for the program?

    Class size is limited to 75 persons. Register as soon as you know you which session you want to attend.

    Where do I park when I attend this program?


    The parking locations will be the  Lot E & F (Orange) – Parking located on the south side of the Current Methodist College Building

    • Please note – the West part of Lot E is blocked off for use as our Helipad  – please do not park in this area, if lot E is full, overflow is to go to Lot F. 

    Here is a map (Indian Hills- Parking map) which identifies the lot to which you have been assigned and includes flagged pick-up locations for the vans traveling between parking lots, the hospital and Cass Street.

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    Vans       (these run every 5-10 minutes- they will continuous load at all the stops)

    Shelter for waiting passengers will be in place at stop locations indicated on the attached map and the vans will be clearly marked. You may ride on any of the vans, just make sure you exit at the 8200 Dodge street location in the front lobby of the hospital.  This is entrance is located between Children’s & Methodist Hospital & Methodist Hospital.   You CANNOT enter into our facility off Indian Hills Drive into the SPC Specialty Care Clinic building.  Once you enter thru the lobby doors, take a right and use the main hospital elevators to the 3rd Floor, then exit left to the GLOW Auditorium for check-in. 

    *If you are coming with a large group from your school, and the school is providing a school bus/van for transportation, you may have your school bus driver drop you all off at our south/atrium entrance of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center; the entrance off 82nd and Dodge Street.  Then, the driver must park their vehicle in Lot E until the event is over.

    When is it necessary to provide documentation of a flu vaccination?

    Proof of a flu vaccination is required if you want to attend a program offered between Oct. 1 and March 30.

    If you are unable to provide documentation of a current up to date flu vaccination or you choose not to be vaccinated, you will be required to wear a surgical mask while participating in this program.

    What type of “hands-on” learning will be involved?

    None! The Intro to Health Careers Program provides a demonstration of pediatric patient care by many different healthcare providers.

    What should I do if I become sick on the day that I am scheduled for class?

    Please contact Nursing Education at 402-955-4582 and stay at home. There will be other program dates for you to attend and you can reschedule. If you arrive to class and are visibly ill, you will not be allowed to attend.

    What do I need to wear to this class?

    Shoes should be clean and in good repair.  No sandals or open-toed shoes.

    The following list of clothing will not be allowed at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center:

    • Denim jeans with rips, holes, or tears
    • Spandex
    • Tank tops (unless covered by a jacket), halter, or crop tops
    • Sundresses
    • Camouflage or fatigue-style clothing and military boots
    • Strapless, halter, “spaghetti” straps, off the shoulder, or low-cut blouses, shirts, sweaters, or dresses
    • Very short skirts or dresses
    • “See through” clothing or visible undergarments
    • House slippers or pajamas


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