Career Day is an institution at Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Essex. Started 12 years ago by now-retired nurse Rhonda Forristall, the program introduces local high school students to the different kinds of careers available in medicine, not simply with lectures or films, but with actual hands-on involvement in basic medical practices. They visit stations at which Middlesex staffers demonstrate how to draw blood, how to suture wounds, how to intubate a patient, and how to read x-rays and various kinds of scans, among other things. All students see a demonstration, and then try to procedure themselves. The program, the only one of its kind in this area, has received a public service award from the Connecticut Hospital Association. Students from Clinton, Haddam-Killingworth, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook participated in this year's program. This year Middlesex nurses Joe Pucillo and Zoe McGlamery organized the program.