The area's future medical professionals got a groovy first-hand look at the profession Friday as Mercy Hospital Ardmore had the Health Care Career Day.

Juniors and seniors from schools across southern Oklahoma visited the hospital and learned from the staff about the various jobs included in health care.

Hospital staff dressed in tie-dye and used inspiration from the 60s to decorate and demonstrate the grooviness of working in a hospital.

"I hope to encourage kids to go into health care, if they realize how fun it is, just like my biology teacher did for me," said registered nurse Tarrah Neese.

Neese had a cow's heart and lung as a part of her display. Students could touch it and watch it inflate.

"I liked getting to touch a cow's lung and heart," said Plainview junior Jantzen Faulkner.

Faulkner said he plans to be a pediatrician or neurologist.

"I find the human body very interesting and love helping people," he said. "Today has shown me a little what it is like."

Students from the nurse's aide program at Southern Oklahoma Technology Center also visited the career fair. Since they are already training to be work in health care, the high school students took the opportunity to see what other things they could do once they graduate high school.

Dickson and SOTC student Carley Woulfe said she enjoyed learning about the various fields available.

"I really liked phlebotomy and wound care, and I want to be a registered nurse," she said.

Shiann Bates, Ardmore High School and SOTC student, also took an interest in phlebotomy.

"I like taking blood from the vein," she said. "They showed me how to put a needle in today."