Jones hoping for long career in nursing, emergency services
Once New Richmond High School senior Hailey Jones graduates this spring, her main focus will be gaining the knowledge she needs to help people in as many ways as possible.
"I enjoy helping people and I'm currently a person care worker at Family Pathways," Jones said. "I work with a girl who has muscular dystrophy, so I'm kind of interested in working in that area when I go into nursing."
In addition to pursuing a degree in nursing, Jones has applied for a position as a volunteer firefighter with the NR Fire Department.
"I got into firefighting through the Explorer program, which you can join after you get through eighth grade. I thought it was something worth trying out, but I ended up liking it. Now, I'm in the hiring process with the New Richmond Fire Department," Jones said. "I'm also in an EMT class right now, which will be done soon. I've always enjoyed my science and any class that involved the medical field."
According to Jones, she has had a pair of interviews with the department already and has completed her agility training as well.
"After taking part in the Explorer program, I found that I enjoyed the working environment and the experience as a whole," Jones said. "I have training through the Hudson Explorer Post and we are training twice a month. The Explorer Post also pays for classes. I've already gone through Firefighter 101, Vehicle Extrication and a few other classes as well. Having gone through those classes, I've learned a lot."
After completing her EMT course, Jones is hoping that she will be able to respond to emergency calls as either a firefighter or an EMT.
"My parents have supported me and think that being part of the Explorer program has given me a lot of opportunities to learn and grow," Jones said.
When she starts school again in the fall, Jones will be attending WITC to get her nursing degree. After completing her degree, Jones hopes she will be able to get a job working at a hospital, possibly focusing on patients with muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Jones will be volunteering at a week-long muscular dystrophy camp doing activities with the children this summer.