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  1. 1. Electronic Portfolio By Alison Huffman
  2. 2. Orientation Week <ul><li>During orientation week we were familiarized with the St. Francis and St. Joseph campus. We were given tours of the hospitals so that we could find where our rotations were located. Security also talked to us about parking and we were given our badges. Overall, this week was to help us learn the functioning of the hospitals. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Professional Thank You #1 <ul><li>November 30, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>ATTN: Respiratory Care Department </li></ul><ul><li>Meg Trumpp </li></ul><ul><li>Newman University </li></ul><ul><li>1300 W. McCormick St. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67213 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Meg Trumpp, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for talking to our class about Respiratory Therapy. Even though I had already shadowed a respiratory therapist, it was interesting to hear about the education needed and the type of skills one needs to have in order to be a great respiratory therapist. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Thank You #1 Cont. <ul><ul><li>I never knew that respiratory therapy originated in Chicago. That stood out to me because my family is from there. I learned that a person can get an associates degree in respiratory care, which takes about two and a half years to complete. At Newman, a person can earn the associates degree, then work as a respiratory therapist while earning a bachelors degree in Health Care. The thing that I liked the most was when we were allowed to intabate the dummies. It was fascinating to see how the actual therapist would do it on a real patient. This lecture has been one of my favorites because not only were we informed on respiratory care, but also given the chance to try one of the things a respiratory therapist does. Thank you again for taking the time to share your knowledge of this field to us. Sincerely,   Alison Huffman </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Professional Thank You #2 <ul><li>September 17, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>ATTN: OR </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Hommertzheim </li></ul><ul><li>St. Francis Campus </li></ul><ul><li>929 N. Saint Francis St. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67214 </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Ms. Hommertzheim, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for allowing me to shadow some of the nurses in the operating room. The OR was the one unit that I was really anxious to see. My experience there went beyond my expectations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Thank You #2 Cont. <ul><li>Everyone was really nice to me when I was on my rotation. The nurses I shadowed were very informative. They explained the procedures that were being done, the instruments that were used, and just the room overall. I have had an interest in surgery for a while, so it was really neat to see an actual operation. I loved seeing how the doctors and nurses worked together. I was really fascinated when I saw some of the organs being operated on. The best part of my experience was when I was able to see part of a lung that had to be removed. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, my experience in the OR was great. Recently, I have been thinking about some career options. Being in the OR will help me narrow down the options that I have been thinking of. Thank you so much. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul>
  7. 7. Professional Thank You #3 <ul><li>September 24, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>ATTN: RESPIRATORY </li></ul><ul><li>Melanie Asmussen </li></ul><ul><li>St. Francis Campus </li></ul><ul><li>929 N. Saint Francis St. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67214 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Respiratory Unit, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for allowing me to shadow a couple of the respiratory therapists. Jeff and De were both really helpful in explaining everything from how the machines function to what type of medicines they give to the patients. When my sister was in Health Academy, the respiratory unit was among her favorites. I now understand why after seeing what a respiratory therapist does. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank You #3 Cont. <ul><li>It was really interesting to see how the therapists interact with the patients. I was told by one of the therapists that one of the best parts of the job is working with all the different patients in the different units. Even though I was shadowing the therapists in the SICU, I was still able to see a lot of different things. I was able to see the therapists give breathing medicine to the patients, suction the flem out of the patients’ lungs, set the patients up on the monitors, and take a person’s breathing tube out. </li></ul><ul><li>I really enjoyed my experience in the respiratory unit. All the therapists were kind and informative. Like my sister, this unit is now among one of my favorites so far. Thank you for everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Thank You #4 <ul><li>October 15, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>ATTN: Pathology </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas R. Kluzak </li></ul><ul><li>St. Francis Campus </li></ul><ul><li>929 N. Saint Francis St. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67214 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Mr. Kluzak, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for letting me interview you for my career research paper. I have always been interested in the career of pathology; however, I never knew what the job entailed. Due to the interview and the research I am doing on my own, I now know specifically what a pathologist does and what a person has to do to become a pathologist. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank You #4 Cont. <ul><li>The information you told me was very informative and helpful. I found it very interesting that you were originally in gynecology but then you switched to pathology because it was based more on science and data and that it was also different. One thing that I like about this field is that there are many different areas of pathology that a person can do. The advice you gave to me that I will always remember is when you told me to be happy and know who I am and what I want to do. </li></ul><ul><li>There are so many things that you told me during our interview that I will always remember. I can go on forever talking about everything you told me, but I need to keep this letter to a page. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me about pathology. The advice you told me will be very helpful in my future pursuits. Thank you again for everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul>
  11. 11. Professional Thank You #5 <ul><li>September 10, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>ATTN: RADIOLOGY </li></ul><ul><li>Becky Vanlandingham </li></ul><ul><li>St. Joseph Campus </li></ul><ul><li>3600 E. Harry </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67218 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dear Ms. Vanlandingham, </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shadow some of the technicians in radiology. I was really fascinated by what the radiology technicians do. I found that the job of a technician was a lot different than from what I thought they did. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank You #5 Cont. <ul><li>All the technicians were really nice to me. They were helpful in showing me around the place and explaining the different machines that were used to take x-rays, such as the reusable cassettes that are used to take the x-ray. By looking at an x-ray, the body looks a lot different than what is shown in a book. The thing I liked most was when I was able to see a flouro-ray of a man swallowing some liquid. It was cool seeing the liquid going through the esophagus to the stomach and then to the small intestine. </li></ul><ul><li>I had a wonderful time in radiology. It was a great learning experience that I will never forget. The experience I had there will definitely help me with my career decisions in the future. Thank you so much. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hand Made Thank You #1
  14. 14. Thank You #1 Cont.
  15. 15. Thank You #2
  16. 16. Thank You #2 Cont.
  17. 17. Thank You #3
  18. 18. Thank You #3 Cont.
  19. 19. Thank You #4
  20. 20. Thank You #4 Cont.
  21. 21. Thank You #5
  22. 22. Thank You #5 Cont.
  23. 23. Blog #1 <ul><li>This week I was in radiology. When I first got there I was shown around the area where they take the x-rays. Everything was completely digital and they had cassettes that held the images. I saw a lot of patients that day. The first patient came in to get an x-ray on the spine. Another patient had to get a fluoro-ray. A fluoro-ray shows live movement on a monitor. The patient had to swallow crystals to see the picture better. Then had to swallow liquid. As the person was swallowing, the monitor showed the liquid going through the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. I thought that was really cool. When radiology was slow, my mentor allowed me to go onto the files on the computer and look at past x-rays. I was able to see all the bones in the different parts of the body. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Blog #1 Cont. <ul><li>The next day was just as busy. The first patient I saw had to get a full spine x-ray. The doctor wanted to make sure that this person did not have any fractures so that they could give shock treatment. There was also another patient who had to get x-rays done while in a wheel chair. This was really difficult because the technicians couldn't get the head of the femur. Then I was able to go up to NICU because the doctors wanted to get a chest x-ray on a baby. It was interesting to see how the technician took the x-ray while have the baby being held down. The last patient I saw had to get a fluoro-ray of the hip. They needed o put a steroid in the hip, so they used the ray to help insert the needle into the joint. I could see the needle going into the hip joint on the monitor. Then I was able to see the medicine spread throughout the bone. Overall, I really liked my experience with Radiology. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Blog #2 <ul><li>This week I was in the OR. I really liked this unit because I was able to see a lot of cool things. The first day, a patient was getting a tumor removed from the rectum. The doctors were going to operate from the stomach and from the bottom. Before starting the surgery, they had to put a camera in the patient in order to see where to work. Then they started to cut and burn into the patient. I was able to see the small intestine and also a lot of blood that was suctioned out. That was about all I saw because it took a long time just to sanitize and prep the room and prep the patient. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Blog #2 Cont. <ul><li>The second day I saw a complete surgery. The patient had to get the lower lobe of one of the lungs removed because it had a mass on it. While they were cutting, the doctors found another tumor. They sent it off to the lab and it turned out it was malignant. They then removed one of the lymph nodes. After this they finally removed the lung that had the mass. Part of the lung looked healthy but the other part was black and shriveled. The nurse that I was shadowing even let me touch the lung. It felt really weird but cool. Then they closed the patient up and cleaned up the room. I was really fascinated to see how the surgeons worked. I also learned that scrubs are the most comfortable thing ever. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Blog #3 <ul><li>This week I was shadowing in Transplant 6 SE. The first day that I was there, I was put with a nurse who was really nice and I was able to learn a lot from her. Mostly, I saw her giving medications to patients and charting. This reminded me of 5 SE. I also learned that there were a lot of patients coming in with the swine flue. I was able to ask the nurse a lot of questions while she was on her lunch break. She told me that she liked her job because there is always something to do and you are always busy. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Blog #3 Cont. <ul><li>The next day I was with a nurse who was also very nice to me and very informative. Along with giving patients medications, he also took people's blood sugar levels. He also took me on a tour of the floor. He showed me where people get dialysis and where people would go if they were wanted to give/get a kidney transplant. He explained to me that most of the people on that floor had kidney failures and most were diabetic. This was not my favorite unit, but I really liked my experience there and it was definitely worth going to. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Blog #4 <ul><li>This week I was in laboratory. On the first day, I was rotated between different people in the lab so that they could show me the different stations. The first station I was at was urine analysis. Here a lady explained to me how the test the urine for different things in order to help them find anything that would be wrong with the person. She also showed me where they look at smears to find any abnormalities. When I looked at these smears I was able to see the different blood cells and bacteria. I was then taken to the chemistry part of the lab. Here I was shown how she takes different samples and put them into big machines to give a list of certain things in the sample. I was then taken to blood bank. Here I was shown how they test the blood to see what blood type they are. I also saw where they store blood for transfusions. I also went onto the floor before I left with on of the technicians. During this time, I saw her take blood from two babies. I found out that they stick the baby in the heel because that is where they bleed the most. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Blog #4 Cont. <ul><li>The next day, I went onto the floor again. We had to go to the ER to take blood cultures. While there, I was able to see the nurses putting in a breathing tube into the patient because she couldn't breath. Then the technician took blood from the woman. It was hard getting blood from her because her veins were small. I was also able to see her take blood from a newborn. I was then taken to the pathology department. While there, the histologist explained to me how they record their observations of the specimen they receive and then they put the specimen into a cassette so that it can be shipped to St. Francis and overnight it sits through alcohol and cleaned out so that it can be observed better. She also showed me some slides that were made in this machine that slices a small sample of specimen into fine fragments to be observed quickly. I was also able to see a pathologist observe a uterus that had the fallopian tubes and ovaries attached. It was amazing to see how small the uterus was. He then cut the uterus open and cut off pieces to put into the cassettes. Overall, this was probably my favorite unit. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Blog #5 <ul><li>This week I was in the pediatric unit. This unit was a lot different from the other units. The atmosphere was happier. Instead of having the tile with drab colors, the peds unit had wooden floors and lively colors. There were also games and toys everywhere for the kids. I also liked how there is only one patient per room. The most I remember from my first day was nurse giving medications to patients and charting. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Blog #5 Cont. <ul><li>Just like the first day, there were not that many patients on the second day in this unit. Since it wasn't busy, the nurse showed me around the unit. He showed me where the old NICU and Labor and delivery was. He also showed me the room where they did most of the spinal taps in. Overall I enjoyed my time in the pediatric unit. It was interesting to see how the nurses work with the patients. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Hand Washing Presentation <ul><li>For the hand washing presentation, the group that I was in was Team Clean. The presentation started off with a skit to show how germs spread and that you should wash your hands. Then we used the germ box to show all the bacteria that could be on your hands. We then talked about how to wash your hands and taught a song so the children would know how long to wash their hands. Then we past out soap and toothbrushes. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Mentor Form #1
  35. 35. Mentor Form #2
  36. 36. Mentor Form #3
  37. 37. Mentor Form #4
  38. 38. Mentor Form #5
  39. 39. Cover Letter <ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul><ul><li>8303 E. Grail </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67207 </li></ul><ul><li>(316) 685-9669 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resource Manager </li></ul><ul><li>St. Francis Campus </li></ul><ul><li>929 N. Saint Francis St. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67214 </li></ul><ul><li>29 November 2009 </li></ul>
  40. 40. Cover Letter Cont. <ul><li>Dear Human Resource Manager, I am interested in obtaining a job in health care. I have enclosed a resume for your review. This letter also provides my background and education for you to consider. For the past four years, I have participated in sports medicine at my high school. As a student athletic trainer, I have learned how to work with the injured patients in to assist them with the healing process. I have gained and applied knowledge of anatomy and basic care, such as ankle taping, wrist taping, and lower body partner stretch </li></ul>
  41. 41. Cover Letter Cont. <ul><li>I have additional knowledge in the health field due to my experience in St. Gianna Health Academy. This was a class offered at my high school that focused on learning about careers in the health field. While in the program, I was able to shadow in several units. This helped me to learn the inner working of the different units.   I have participated on the Science Olympiad team at my high school over the past four years. While on the team, I have gained a good amount of knowledge in the different sciences, specifically biology and chemistry. My experience has also taught me how to balance my time and work with others. With my work at the Girl Scout camp Starwoods, I have also gained a lot of leadership skills. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Cover Letter Cont. <ul><li>I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my experiences will be beneficial to you. I will contact you in a week on the phone to arrange a possible interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.   Sincerely,     Alison Huffman   Enclosures: 1. Resume 2. References </li></ul>
  43. 43. Resume <ul><li>Alison Huffman </li></ul><ul><li>8303 E. Grail, Wichita, KS 67207 · Tel: 316-585-9669 · [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain a job in the health field. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Resume Cont. <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Newman University Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 to present </li></ul><ul><li>St. Gianna Health Academy Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 to present </li></ul><ul><li>Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2006 to present </li></ul><ul><li>-Cum Laude -Named a Kansas Honors Scholar </li></ul>
  45. 45. Resume Cont. <ul><li>Work History </li></ul><ul><li>Babysitter Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2007 to present </li></ul><ul><li>Camp Skills Leader Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked for pay at the Girl Scout camp Starwoods. Assisted the girls with their activities. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Resume Cont. <ul><li>Volunteer History </li></ul><ul><li>Program Aide Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked at Girl Scout camp Starwoods as a volunteer. Assisted the girls with their activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Museum Aide Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked at Girl Scout camp Cowtown as a volunteer. Assisted the girls with their activities. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Resume Cont. <ul><li>Memberships </li></ul><ul><li>-    Girl Scouts </li></ul><ul><li>-    Sports Medicine at Kapaun Mt. Carmel </li></ul><ul><li>-    Science Olympiad at Kapaun Mt. Carmel </li></ul><ul><li>- Eco- Team at Kapaun Mt. Carmel </li></ul>
  48. 48. Resume Cont. <ul><li>Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>-   American Red Cross Babysitting Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>-   Food Handlers Card Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>-   Girl Scout Leader in Training Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2007 </li></ul><ul><li>-   Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Wichita, KS </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul>
  49. 49. References <ul><li>Melissa Loibl </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starwoods Outdoor Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland </li></ul><ul><li>7800 S. 103 rd St. W. </li></ul><ul><li>Clearwater, KS 67026 </li></ul><ul><li>(888) 472-3683 </li></ul>
  50. 50. References Cont. <ul><li>Mary Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Old Cowtown Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland </li></ul><ul><li>1865 Museum Blvd. </li></ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS 67203 </li></ul><ul><li>(888) 472-3683 </li></ul>
  51. 51. References Cont. <ul><li>John Stefanek </li></ul><ul><li>Employer </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare </li></ul>
  52. 52. Career Brainstorming <ul><li>Health Careers Project </li></ul><ul><li>1. Athletic Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>2. Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>3. Paramedic </li></ul><ul><li>The job of a paramedic is to give medical care to patients as they are being transported to a hospital by means of an ambulance. Paramedics are the ones who decide the course of action to be taken to help a patient. They secure the patients in the ambulances, make sure they are stabilized, assist them to the hospital, and sometimes have to do emergency procedures on the patients during transportation. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Career Brainstorming Cont. <ul><li>In order to be accepted into a paramedic program, a person has to have a high school diploma. Training takes about two years in which a person learns about anatomy and advanced medical skills. A person could earn an associate’s degree through this program which is offered at community colleges. The student then needs to take a national exam to be certified. After this, he or she has to take the exam every two years in order to be recertified. </li></ul><ul><li>A person does not need to have previous work experience in this field to help them get into the program or to get a job. I am interested in this career because it is a hands-on job that requires a lot of skill and concentration. There also seems to be a lot of activity in this field. I also like the aspect of helping people when they are in need. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. degreefinders .com/education-articles/careers/how-to-become-a-paramedic.html </li></ul>
  54. 54. Career Brainstorming Cont. <ul><li>4. Clinical Laboratory Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical laboratory technicians work in laboratories at hospitals or other health care facilities. They perform basic tests to identify the presence or absence of diseases that could be harmful to a person. Several things a technician does are testing and preparing blood for transfusions, looking for bacteria, and determining a patient’s reaction to a drug. The technicians have to be very accurate and they often deal with a lot of pressure. </li></ul><ul><li>To be accepted into a program to become a clinical laboratory technician a person needs to have a strong background in the sciences during high school (biology, chemistry, math, computer science). Either a certificate or associate’s degree is needed in order to get a job as a clinical laboratory technician. A person cannot become certified until he or she has fulfilled the educational requirements in the program and has passed the certification exam. </li></ul><ul><li>A person could start to work part-time in a laboratory while in school to gain experience. Most people are able to work full-time in a lab after graduation. I am interested in this career because it combines science and medicine together. Also, it deals with a lot of problem solving with diseases, which could be crucial to the survival of individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. mwcc . edu /programs/ cls /careers.html </li></ul>
  55. 55. Career Brainstorming Cont. <ul><li>5. Physician </li></ul><ul><li>The job of a physician is to diagnose illnesses and give treatments to those who are suffering from a health problem. They examine the patients, perform diagnostic tests, and counsel them on how to live healthier lives. The two types of physicians are doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine. Doctors of osteopathic medicine focus more on the musculoskeletal system and preventive medicine. There are many different areas in which a physician could specialize in, like surgeon or anesthesiologist. The job of a physician can be very stressful and very time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>In order to get into medical school, students have three years of college but most have a bachelor’s degree in science or math. Many also do pre-medicine in order to help them prepare for medical school. Students also need to send in transcripts, recommendations, and scores of the Medical College Admission Test in order to be considered. The schools also look at the character of the student. To give a student more of an edge for medical school, it is better if he or she were to volunteer at a hospital or lab to gain experience. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Career Brainstorming Cont. <ul><li>During medical school, the first two years are spent in classrooms and labs. The last two years are spent working with people in hospitals and going on rotations. After school, the physician enters a residency lasting two to six years. The person could then get a license to practice. If a person wants to specialize in a certain area, he or she has a longer residency and has to take a final examination in order to be certified. </li></ul><ul><li>I am interested in this career particularly because of surgery. Due to anatomy class, I have discovered that I enjoy dissecting things and finding out how the organs all work together. I also like the aspect of helping people live longer and healthier by fixing their bodily dysfunctions. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. bls . gov / oco /ocos074. htm </li></ul>
  57. 57. Research Paper <ul><li>Health AcademyCareer Research Paper.doc </li></ul><ul><li>For this I researched the job of a pathologist. I learned from my research what the job entails, who they serve, where they work, outlooks for this jobs, and qualities that are good to have in this area. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Lecture Blog 1 <ul><li>Radiology/ Forensic Blog </li></ul><ul><li>The first speech we heard was over radiology. I learned that a radiology technician has several important jobs. The first is to provide patient care. A good example of this would be protecting the patients (and themselves) from radiation as much as possible. The next job is positioning the patients for the exams. The way a patient is positioned depends on what is wanting to be see. For this the technician has to know about the human anatomy so that the best image can be produced. Then they have to select the proper radiation exposure. Different structures in the body allow for a certain amount of light to pass through giving you an image. Bone does not let light through making it come up as white on an image. Tissues let some light pass through, so they are a grayish black on an image. The technicians have to decide the type of wavelengths to use in order to see certain structures. Finally, they assist the radiologist. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Lecture 1 Cont. <ul><li>There are different types of machines used to get a certain image. MRIs are good to use when looking at soft tissue and this uses a magnet. Cat Scans use x-rays and are used to see cross sections of certain things. Nuclear Medicine takes radiation out of a patient onto a scanner and is good with detecting cancer. </li></ul><ul><li>The second presentation was over Forensic Science. This is a fairly new degree at Newman that has some classes in criminal justice but is mostly science. While we were there, we were able to look at the cadavers that the students were dissecting. I was able to see all the different organs, such as the liver and the intestines. The best part was when I was able to touch the heart. There were also bones set out around the room with facts relating to it. One of them was showing the difference between a male and female pelvic bone. I thought both speeches were really informative, but I liked the forensic part better because of the cadavers. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Lecture 2 <ul><li>Respiratory blog </li></ul><ul><li> I found the lecture over respiratory care was very informative. I learned that the job originated in Chicago. A doctor wanted his patients to get more care than they were receiving, so he started training people from different areas of the health field in order to take care of the patients in a certain way. This then evolved into Respiratory care. This is a highly technical career. A person can earn an associates degree at Newman. They can also start working as a respiratory therapist after earning this degree and still go to school to earn their bachelors in health care. Newman takes about 20 students each semester into this program. A person can earn this associate degree in 2.5 years and then they can sit for an exam to get licensed. </li></ul><ul><li> After hearing this lecture, we were then shown how to intebate a patient. She then let us try it on our own. It was amazing to see how many people it took to intebate one person. There had to be one person to squeeze the balloon so that the person could breath. Then there had to be another person to hold the tube and inflate the balloon when the tube was in. Finally, there was the person who had to find the right passageway and stick the tube down. We had to be careful because the tube could have went into the wrong passageway and inflate the stomach or into went in too far and inflate only one of the lungs. I really liked trying to intebate the dummy because it almost seemed real. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Lecture 3 <ul><li>Child Abuse Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>I thought that Linda Landoll gave an excellent speech on child abuse. It was shocking to hear that about three million children are abused each year and two thousand die. It was interesting to learn about how the child abuse laws evolved. After Mary Wilson was removed from her parents due to a law that protected animals, the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established. Laws for child abuse then started to form. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several types of child abuse. The first is physical abuse. This type of abuse is the easiest to identify. Some common physical indicators of abuse are bruises, bite marks, burns, fractures, and unusual bleeding. If a person has multiple bruises in different places on the body that are in different stages of healing and have distinctive shapes, this could indicate abuse. A person could be abuse physically by hitting, biting, scalding, ingesting chemicals, cigarette burns, and tying up. I thought that the pictures she showed us of the different types of physical abuse were disturbing but were informative in helping us see what would be an indicator of abuse. </li></ul>
  62. 62. Lecture 3 Cont. <ul><li>Another kind of abuse is neglect. This could be a lack of supervision, lack of good clothes or hygiene, lack of medical care, and lack of adequate nutrition and shelter. Some physical indicators of neglect are malnutrition, hair loss, dehydration, or tired. </li></ul><ul><li>The next type of abuse is emotional abuse. This is when there is a pattern of acts that affect the child’s development. A way a person could tell a child is being emotionally abused is through its common behavior. Some indicators include unrealistic fears, sleep problems, and behavioral extremes. </li></ul><ul><li>The last type of abuse is sexual abuse. Both males and females can the victims. The physical indicators for this type of abuse include sexually transmitted disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, difficulty walking, or pregnancy. The behavioral indicators include expressing fear of a particular person, sexually abusing another child, or verbally reporting abuse. Sexual abuse could be having sex with the child or even telling a dirty story to the child. </li></ul><ul><li>It was interesting to hear that in 2008, 629 reports were made by Via Christi. It was also interesting that about half of the cases reported, the victims were white. I found it really surprising that 59 percent of the perpetrators were females. Overall, this speech was very informative and Mrs. Landoll did a great job presenting the topic. </li></ul>
  63. 63. Lecture 4 <ul><li>EMS Reflection </li></ul><ul><li> The speech that Michelle Landoll gave was very informative. I learned a lot about being a paramedic that I did not know before. To become a paramedic, a person needs to go to school five days a week for a year or until he or she completes the 1200 hour course. The school year is structured where from January to May you are in a classroom learning from books, from June to August you are in the hospital, and from September to December you are in the EMS trucks getting hands on experience. To become an EMT, the person only needs to go to school for one semester. While both study the basics, paramedics learn more. Some of the things they are trained in are IV therapy, medication administration, EKG monitoring, advanced trauma care, and childbirth. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Lecture 4 Cont. <ul><li>During the day, only 18 EMS trucks are used in Sedgwick County. At night, there are only 13 used. Per day, EMS gets about 140 calls. Depending on the circumstances, the calls are split up into different triage codes. These codes are completely different from the ER codes. Code orange means that it is a psyche case. These are the most common calls. Code green and yellow are basic cases. There is a code red, which I am not sure what that is. Then there is code blue, meaning the person is not breathing, and code black, meaning the person is dead. Depending on the patient's condition, the truck will take him or her to one of two level one trauma centers. Each truck can take about two to three patients. Sometimes the trucks will carry more patients. I also learned that a cot in the truck can hold up to 700 pounds. If the patient weighs more than that, the paramedics have to put him on the floor. Also, for every call they have, both and EMS truck and a fire truck have to go out to meet the patient. Overall, I though that Ms. Landoll was very informative and thorough in describing the work of a paramedic. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Lecture 5 <ul><li>I though that the speech that Jenna gave was really thorough and informative. Before she came to speak to our class, I didn't really know what my sister did. Though I am still confused about what she does, it is a little clearer to me. </li></ul><ul><li>Jenna started of at WSU and earned the degree of Health Service Management and Community Development. This degree requires 48 credit hours and they strongly encourage a minor in business. Even though the degree is both management and community development, a person can go towards one side more than the other. This degree also takes a lot of leadership. One organization that was created by people in this degree is HEALTH. This organization is known for running a smoke free campaign. The jobs a person can get with this degree are physician practice manager, health policy advisor, and grant  writer. </li></ul>
  66. 66. Lecture 5 Cont. <ul><li>Jenna then went to KU Med school here in Wichita. She is currently earning a masters in Public Health which is similar to Health Service Management and Community Development. This requires 42 credit hours and only 14 students are allowed in this program per semester. Some of the courses you have to take in this program are epidemiology and biostatistics. </li></ul><ul><li>Jenna also went to Butler and received her CNA in 4 weeks. She then work at the Catholic Care as a CNA. She says that being a CNA is a hard job. She then worked at Larksfield as a CNA in the Alzheimer's unit. She is also working as an activities assistant there. She said that the job is very rewarding and that there is a good outlook in long term care. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Other Projects <ul><li>Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition </li></ul>
  68. 68. Final Reflection <ul><li>I have found this course to be very informative. It has helped me to actually see the medical field and what the nurses and doctors do every day. I know now for sure that I want to go into the medical field. I am still wanting to become a medical examiner, but there are also other jobs now that I am interested in, such as EMT or Laboratory Technician. </li></ul>