The long anticipated wait for Health Academy had finally ended. Not knowing what to expect, I was a bit nervous walking into the academy for the first time. The first week included getting to know my classmates and the hospital. Kim Frankenberg gave us tours of both the St. Francis and St. Joe campus. We also talked with the head of security about rules and regulations. I think I speak for everyone in the program when I say we were welcomed warmly.
Hand washing presentation week, though somewhat stressful, was a great success. We went to different schools to present our skits, songs, and black-light example. It was great to see the kid’s reactions to the presentation, from what I observed, they all enjoyed them thoroughly. The kids especially liked the toothbrush and hand soap we gave them at the end of each presentation. Hopefully our next generation will grow up with germ-free hands.
At Newman, the Academy received an insightful lecture from Clint Stucky. He told us all about OT, and OTA’s, including schooling, salaries, and job security. The lecture was very interesting, I’ve always wanted to know just exactly what OT’s do. Also it was fitting because the week following the lecture, I was on the Rehab rotation.
Clarissa Coleman gave the Academy a lecture over psychology. She told us all about the job, and what psychologists do. Though not for me, it did sound like a very interesting career choice. Mental illness is very serious, and it’s importance is often overlooked, which is very sad. Thus we need good Psychologists.
Dr. Summerhouse came to the classroom to explain to the class what Doctors do, how they got there, and the hidden side of the profession. Since I am strongly considering the path of M.D., I was fascinated by what he had to say. Dr. Summerhouse told the class it was very demanding, the job includes a lot of hours away from home, but the rewards are unsurpassable. Knowing everyday, you get the opportunity to help somebody is a great feeling.
Meg Trump gave us a lecture on the Nursing profession. The great thing about nursing is, there are many levels to choose from depending on how much you want to put into your job. You can be a nurse with a two year degree, or a nurse with a master’s degree. Growing up in a family with nurses that trace all the way back up to my great-grandma’s on both sides of the family, I have learned that the job is very tough, but without nurses, its safe to say the hospital wouldn’t run.
One of the best lectures we received was the one over respiratory therapy. We learned about the new career, and how fast paced it is. The best part was we got practice intubation on dummies, and we also got the opportunity to draw blood from an arterial line, again on a dummy, but it was awesome all the same.
I am happy to say that my goal of the St. Gianna Health Academy was reached. My goal was to see if the healthcare field was really for me, I can honestly say after a semester of seeing the field from all sorts of different angles that it is indeed for me. I can’t see myself doing anything else in life. I understand the road is going to be tough, but the world needs good healthcare professionals, and I’m willing to meet the challenge. It was great getting to know my classmates, I guess Kapaun people aren’t that bad after all (pause for laughter). Thanks again for a great experience.
I wrote about six careers that interested me the most. The top one being “Orthopedic Surgery.” I have always been fascinated by this practice of medicine. Probably because I love sports, and I love working with big tools. Also I love doing puzzles, there is nothing better than trying to piece something together, or improve something to make it work.
This week I was in the lab. Contrary to common belief, it was pretty action packed. I followed around a phlebotomist named Tu. She was really nice, and she commented on how good I looked in my lab coat which I thought was special. The next day I stayed in the actual lab part of the building, I got to see how urine and blood was analyzed, and I had the oppertunity to view white blood cells under a high powered microscope. I also went to the pathology area, there I got a chace to see some gall bladders and some gall stones. The lady in there was pretty cool, we chatted it up like old friends. Overall it was a great week.
When you get to the top of the mountain...keep climbing.
Oh hello,The question has arisen whether the St. Gianna Heath Academy should be given by the diocese a video conferencing system. In my humble opinion, I do not support the motion to bring a video conferencing system to the classroom for a couple reasons. First off, video conferencing systems are extremely expensive, and with the recent economic recession,we all know the diocese is hurting for money. I think instead of spending this amount of money on a classroom where only fifty kids per year can use the system, for only a few times each semester, the money should be spent on a broader spectrum of learning for more students. Secondly, we must look at the market for video conferencing. Video conferencing is still a very new concept. I understand that video conferencing is used in the global corporate world, but honestly how many students have access to such technology. Finally it seems like we are diving into an expensive investment without a plan. So what do we do if we get a video conferencing system? We have no plan, we don't know how to operated the machine, and most importantly, we don't have any contacts lined up to make use of our machine. In conclusion, and further more, a better plan needs to be in effect before we make this purchase.
We volunteered to work at the Via Christi Golf Tournament hosted by Wichita Country Club. Rachel and I sat on a par 3 and helped people play a game that raised money for the hospital. It was a great morning to be outside, and the course was pristine.