Orientation Week The first week or so was orientation. We wentover the daily work that was to be done. The guidelinesof HIPPA were gone over. Security and humanresources came to talk to us. Mrs. Hang went over therotation schedules. We each had a TB screening. Wetook tours of both of the hospitals, St. Francis and St.Joseph. Once we went over the rotations we all gotpretty excited. I could not wait until we went on ourfirst rotations.
Interested Career List •Entry Level •Respiratory Therapist •Occupational Therapy Assistant •Long Term •Medical Doctor (M.D.) •Physical Therapist •Pediatrician
Respiratory Therapist A respiratory therapist evaluates, treats, and cares for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapist appeals to me as an entry level jobs because it gives me a chance to start on experience that allows me to work with different patients. Also the job allows me to continue going to school to get a higher degree while gaining experience. A respiratory therapist requires a minimum of an associate degree and a license is necessary to begin practice. The person must also be certified in CPR. High school students interested in this field are recommended to take health, biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses. In college the person must study human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and mathematics. Those who graduate from a school that is accredited by CAAHEP and they must be certified by the National Board for Respiratory Care only after they pass an exam.
Salaries & Benefits Median salary- $46,745 Salary and bonuses- $46,745 Benefits Base salary- $46,745 Bonuses- $0 Social security- $3,576 401K/403B- $1,776 Disability- $327 Healthcare- $6,507 Pension- $2,992 Time off- $5,753
Occupational Therapy Assistant Occupational therapists assistants work under the supervision of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. This job appeals to me because I would love to be able to help those with disabilities to overcome them and be able to live as close to a normal life as possible. Occupational therapy assistant requires the person to have an associate degree. Those who wish to be an occupational therapist assistant may increase their chances of getting to a program by taking courses in biology and health, along with volunteering in therapists’ offices or healthcare, during the person’s high school career. After high school the first year’s study usually involves an introduction to healthcare, basic medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. The second year courses consist of mental health, adult physical disabilities, gerontology, and pediatrics. Students must complete at least 16 weeks of supervised work in a clinic or community.
Salaries & Benefits Median salary- $47,897 Salary and bonuses- $47,950 Benefits Base salary- $47,897 Bonuses- $53 Social security- $3,668 401K/403B- $1,822 Disability- $336 Healthcare- $6,507 Pension- $3,069 Time off- $5,902
Medical Doctor Medical doctors are also known as physicians and they can specialize in different fields. The career as a M.D. interests me because I want the opportunity to make a difference and help people by going to third world countries and help those who don’t have the sufficient funds. A person who wishes to become a doctor requires 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3-8 years of residency. A pre-med student must complete physics, biology, mathematics, English, and inorganic and organic chemistry courses along with courses in the humanities and social sciences. The student must then apply for medical school which requires that their transcripts must be submitted, scores from the medical college admissions test must be good, along with letters of recommendation. Also for admittance many require an interview with the members of the admissions committee. During the first two years of medical school the student takes courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, pathology, m edical ethics, and laws governing medicine. Volunteering at local hospitals and clinics allows the student to gain practical experience in the health profession. In the last two years of medical school the student will work with patients while supervised by a physician known as a residency, in which they are paid.
Salaries & Benefits Median salary- $165,532 Salary and bonus- $166,655 Benefits Base salary- $165,532 Bonuses- $1,123 Social security- $9,038 401K/403B- $6,333 Disability- $1,167 Healthcare- $6,507 Pension- $10,666 Time off- $20,511
Physical Therapist Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities. This profession is very close to my heart because I have seen how physical therapists have helped a little kid to have a possibility to walk. I would love to know that feeling and want to be able to return someone their life. The student interested in becoming a physical therapist is required to have a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited physical therapy program. A student must take courses in anatomy, biology chemistry, physics, social science, mathematics, and statistics to be considered for admissions to a physical therapist education program. Many programs also require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital before they grant the student admission. Once the student is in a program they take courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, cellular histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/ imaging. The student also must take behavioral science courses such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. For a therapist to become licensed the student must graduate from an accredited physical therapy education program, pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, and fulfill the State requirements.
Salaries & Benefits Median salary- $74,522 Salary and benefits- $74,590 Benefits Base salary- $74,522 Bonuses- $68 Social security- $5,706 401K/403B- $2,834 Disability- $522 Healthcare- $6,507 Pension- $4,774 Time off- $9,180
Pediatrician A pediatrician is a child’s physician who provides preventive health maintenance for healthy children and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. Pediatrics has always interested me because I enjoy helping kids and taking care of them. The studies necessary to become a pediatrician are the same as to become a doctor just that the person specializes in pediatrics. A person who wishes to become a doctor requires 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3-8 years of residency. A pre-med student must complete physics, biology, mathematics, English, and inorganic and organic chemistry courses along with courses in the humanities and social sciences. The student must then apply for medical school which requires that their transcripts must be submitted, scores from the medical college admissions test must be good, along with letters of recommendation. Also for admittance many require an interview with the members of the admissions committee. During the first two years of medical school the student takes courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, pathology, medic al ethics, and laws governing medicine. Volunteering at local hospitals and clinics allows the student to gain practical experience in the health profession. In the last two years of medical school the student will work with patients while supervised by a physician known as a residency, in which they are paid. The student must also participate in a pediatrics fellowship after their graduation.
Salaries & Benefits Median salary- $166,684 Salary and bonus- $168,633 Benefits Base salary- $166,684 Bonuses- $1,949 Social security- $9,067 401K/403B- $6,408 Disability- $1,180 Healthcare- $6,507 Pension- $10,793 Time off- $20,755
Dr. Singh’s Lecture Dr. Singh’s lecture really put things in perspective for me. He told us that the job wedecide on should be something that we will always enjoy. We should always ask questionsif we are unsure of something. We will never know what we want and need to know if wedo not ask questions. We have to take in consideration not only the good things but also thebad things when it comes to choosing a career, especially if it is a life time career. He told usthat we should never be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions can’t do anything butonly benefit us in the long run. We need to ask questions when we want more informationor aren’t sure about something. We need to know everything about the careers that we areinterested in. it is a good idea that we start now. Health Academy is the basis of what weshould do in the future. We must address our career choice the same way that Dr. Singh didwhen he studied the plants’ growing patterns. He came up with an idea, he tested it andwhen he found out that it didn’t work that way, he tried again. He never gave up trying toachieve his goal. Our plant pattern is the career choice that we may want to pursue. Theoriginal idea is our career that we are first interested in. Throughout the study, this class, wetake into consideration of all the other choices in the health field. We study and test all thefields by shadowing, researching and also asking question. This first lecture really set themood of how the rest of the class will be like. I am looking forward to hearing the nextlectures in which we get a professionals view of things.
Dr. Diana Crook- NFP Dr. Crook was truly an inspiration. She is one of the few doctors that onlypractice NFP (natural family planning). She used to be on those doctors thathad no problem with writing prescriptions for birth control until she found outthe truth. Taking birth control has multiple serious long term effects on thewoman. The woman will most likely have miscarriages because they stop thegrowth of multiple hormones. She had a conversion in which she made acommitment and took Pope John Paul II’s NFP training. There she learned howto explain to woman that there is a better and healthier alternative to birthcontrol. NFP is a form of charting in which the woman is always aware of thetime of her expected minstrel cycle and the peek days of her ovulation. Thecourse is a ten day work plan. She is now able to form amazing and closerelationships with her patients. She informs her patients of NFP yet she doesnot push them towards pursuing it. If the patient wishes to take birth controlshe will refer them to another physician. For the woman that wish to conceiveafter many years of taking birth control, Dr. Crook helps them by giving themhormones. NFP is not taught in medical schools due political reasons. Many ofwhat Dr. Crook does is under the radar and may one day cost her job. Dr.Crook has found different ways to combat things that birth control is used for.She is truly an inspiration because she hasn’t backed down from her beliefs andshe does what she believes to be moral and best for her patient’s health.
Dr. Shelly Steadman- Forensic Biologist/ DNA Analysis The lecture was very intriguing; especially when she said that she was able to analyze BTK’s DNA. There are three branches in which a person in forensics can work in: forensic pathology, pathology assistants, and medical investigators. The forensic pathologists were the ones who went to medical school and also work in crime labs so their results are not influenced by authorities. The pathology assistants are those who perform the autopsies. Finally there are the medical investigators who actually visit the crime scene. She also talked about how there are different types of forensic science labs. Toxicology in which they study the toxins that are found in a system, drug id in which they deal with hard drugs to determine whether they are illegal or not, trace evidence which is arson investigation, firearms/ tool marks in which they study the distance and residue of a weapon, and of course biology/ DNA. Before this lecture I never knew how these jobs worked. I always pictured forensics the way that the media portrays them I had no idea that they had to have at least a total of six months of training before they can work in the field. The lecture was quite good and very informative.
Mark Toilo- Dentistry Mr. Toilo’s lecture was the most impacting lecture yet. He didn’t sugarcoat the truth, he told us all the good and the bad. He used a bell analogy whichcan really apply to many aspects of life. He told us that out of all theprofessions dentists have the highest risk to commit suicide and they have thehighest divorce rates. Even though the job is very stressful it has a lot ofbenefits. Dentist is able to set their own hours, they can practice bythemselves, and the government has little involvement. The dental field allowsyou to have the job title of doctor yet you have enough time to have a familyand extra time. There is a great need of dentists especially in Kansas becausethere are more dentists retiring then there are students graduating. Getting intodental school is very cut throat. The person must have a great GPA, highgrades, and a good class ranking. The student also must excel the average scoreof a 17 on the DAT. Only one out of 75 people that apply get admissions todental school. When you do go to dental school the first year is similar tomedical school. The expected amount in hours for each week is 40 hours. Theleast procedures that are shown in school are surgery and endo. His lecturewas very impacting that it made me consider the dental field. He really talkedabout the major differences between dentists and doctors. He waged thebenefits and the setbacks. The most important thing he told us was to put yourfaith first, followed by your family, and then your job. You should never putyou job and making money over anything else.
Megaret Trumpp- Respiratory Megaret Trumpp’s lecture was quite good and very informative. A respiratory therapist assists in evaluation, treatment, and care of patients with heart, lung and/or breathing disorders. Therapists are known as the cardiopulmonary experts so they are the first ones to examine the patient. There are two different types of therapists: RRT and CRT. A RRT is a registered respiratory therapist which is the more advanced level of the two which requires the CRT and two RRT exams to become licensed. The CRT, certified respiratory therapist, is the entry level job that just requires an associate degree and can be achieved six months after graduation. Trumpp also explained Newman’s program, one of eight in the state. In Newman’s program an associate degree of science in health science which will be a two and a half program. The student would be enrolled in classes such as: intermediate algebra, college writing I, anatomy, and physiology, intro to chemistry, microbiology, and speech. The therapist must get 12 hours of continued education every year, due mainly to the fact that their profession involves many machines which technologically become more advance. The person must be adaptable. They also have to renew their license every year. A therapist’s credentials are valid throughout the entire nation, yet if they want to practice in a different state they must have a license to practice in that state. The lecture really helped me get the feel for what exactly is needed and what to expect if I ever went into the field of respiratory care.
Ron Shipley- Radiology The radiology lecture focused on what exactly a radiographer does andwhat machines they use. A radiographer is a two year associate degree and anational registry examine must be taken. A radiographer provides patientcare, positions patients for examination, assists radiologists, and selects theproper radiation exposure. Radiographers provide patient care in the basis ofthe job. They are expected to have knowledge of nursing care, ethicalpractices, radiation protection, and quality assurance measures. Theradiographer must expose the patient to the least amount of radiation. Theradiographers use different techniques to see what is wrong with the patients.They use x-rays in which the frequency is shorter so it can go through the skinyet leave a silhouette of the bone. Radiographers also use a transducer in whichthey send sound waves and when the echoes respond they create the image. Inorder to see certain aspects better they add a contrast media which is usuallybarium or iodine. A barium enema is when barium sulfate is pumped throughthe patient’s rectum and then it is followed by air. An upper gi is when thepatient drinks the barium. The barium creates a contrast yet you have to becareful because things that may seem dark and tumor like could just be airtrapped in the patients system. So the lecture was very good andinformative, before I didn’t know exactly what radiographers do and themachines they use.
Teresa Vetter- Nursing The lecture was really helpful. She talked about the factors that shouldcome in play when you are in search for a nursing program. She said that firstyou must look into the curriculum- classroom and clinical work, followed bythe mission/ philosophy of the university and program, size of theclasses, faculty, the NCLEX pass rates, and finally by experiencing it on a visit.The Newman’s program is a baccalaureate of science in nursing program. Thestudents accepted into the program must be juniors at Newman and must taketheir classes there. She also talked about the fact that there are two differenttypes of nurses: RN and BSN. The position of RN is the entry level job in whichan associate’s degree, 2-3 year program through any community college, isrequired. A BSN status is preferred rather than a RN status because a bachelor’sdegree through a four year university is required. If a person wishes to be amilitary commissioned officer a BSN title is required. For a person in either oneof the positions however requires them to have the same skills. Each positioninvolves math and science, being able to work with people, think on yourfeet, and be able to work in a team setting. The nursing profession is a goodchoice because you would have varied experience. A nurse has a wide range ofjobs and skills.
Future Plans I plan to begin my EMT training after New Year’s. After I graduate I wish to attend the University of Kansas. I am planning on majoring in Chemistry. I plan on studying to become a neonatal physician.
Final Reflection Health Academy was really helpful. The class at some points was hard but worth the effort. I’m grateful that we received the chance to talk to health professionals, get an inside look, and take college courses. I appreciate all of the speakers , mentors and especially Mrs. Hang. Next semester is going to go by slow because I have a full day. I’m really going to miss going to the hospital.
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