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From the clinic to the classroom

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Geg Comparetto is a registered nurse, but her newest patients - a dozen or so eager middle school students – will soon fill her new classroom.

"I think they decided to add this elective because parents and students were excited about learning CPR and first aid and exploring that field," Comparetto said.

Nurse Comparetto is trading in her scrubs this year to teach a new health elective at Pierce Middle School in Tampa.

"It definitely exposes them to what's out there and gives them a broader range to think about rather than just the typical, doctor and nurse," she said.

The health profession is a growing industry, and exposing kids to the many career options now may help shape their futures down the road.

 "It's exciting for me to have students request to do something and are excited to learn about it, so it makes me feel like my job is going to be easy," she said.

Easy for her, but many of the skills students will be learning could save lives.

"I'll talk about the reading the back label of medications, when it's safe to take or not take," she said.

Students will learn the basics of medications, CPR, what to do if someone is choking, vision training, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. And it's all with a very hands-on approach.

"So you'll never know when you can maybe make a difference and safe a live," Comparetto said, "whether it is a family member or a complete stranger."

Comparetto said she will still tell you that her goal is healing, but in her classroom you might say she's healing through education.

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