Finally after a long wait, Health Academy has started! On the very first day, I could remember seeing a room full of students eager to see what would become of this experience. I rememberlearning about the Hippa laws. I also remember Greg Dick talking to our class, and getting out TB shots. Kim, the director of education, also gave us a tour of campus (St. Francis).
Every unit we visited, we had to take a mentor form. The mentor forms were to confirm that we werethere, and to rate our performance.
Blogs were a major part of in our class. After each rotation, we weresuppose to blog about what happened on that unit. The blogs were a wayof expressing ourselves without violating any Hippa laws!
Forensic Biologist and DNA Analyst Dr. Shelly Steadman came to talk about her career as a forensicbiologist and DNA Analyst. She has worked major cases including BTK’s. Ilearned about the different branches in forensics, the laboratories, and how theyuse DNA. The different branches in forensics include forensic pathology,pathology assistants, and medical investigations. Forensic pathologists are theones who go to medical school. Pathology assistants assist in the autopsy. Medicalinvestigators get to go to the crime scene. The different types of forensic science laboratories includetoxicology, drug ID, trace evidence, firearms/tool marks, and biology/DNA.Toxicology is the study of toxins in the system. Drug ID involves hard drugs anddeciding whether they are legal or not. Trace evidence involve arsoninvestigations. Firearms/tool marks see whether a gun was linked to a crime. Lastbut not least, biology/DNA deals with crime labs and blood. A major source of DNA is blood. DNA is found in the nucleus.Mold can destroy DNA evidence so they have to carefully store it. A child inherits46 chromosomes, 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. Dr. Shelly Steadman’s lecture was informative. I always thoughtthis would be a boring career; however, my opinions have changed. Now that Iknow more about this career, I find it very intriguing. I see now that I have to bemore open to the various careers out there.
Nursing There are many nursing programs in America. When selecting a program, youshould look at the curriculum, the NCLEX pass rate, size, and much more. There are a lot ofdetails to look at; however, Newman’s program seems excellent. The curriculum preparesyou, the NCLEX pass rate is very high, and the class size is small so there I more one onone. A nurse requires you to work with people as a team, serve people, and think onyour feet. The starting salary is about $19/hour. You can raise it up to $30-$31 in a hospitalenvironment depending on the field. You can receive an associate’s degree which takes about2-3 years through a community college. However, a bachelor in science and nursing takes 4years at a university.
Physician Lecture I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Terry Summerhouse. Becauseof him, I now know a lot more about becoming a physician. I learned thatit’s never too late to become a physician, it takes a lot of dedication, andit’s a great career.Dr. Summerhouse said that he knew that he wanted to be a physician sohe went back to school. He said that you need an undergraduate degree insomething and then you can apply to medical school. After that you willbe a resident for about three years and finally you’re a physician! Becominga physician is no easy task. You would have to study a lot but I think it’sworth it in the end. A physician has an open license which is something Ireally like. That means that you can basically deliver babies, straightenteeth, perform surgery, and many more! I really like the many options youhave; however, you have to have some experience in that field. I alsolearned that you have to pay for a renewed license every year. That waspretty interesting and I really like his analogy, comparing it to a driver’slicense.Altogether, a career as a physician seems highly interesting. I don’t thinkit’s the “career” for me; however, a career as a physician assistant seemslike something I’m interested in. I’m really glad that Dr. Summerhousegave up his time to come talk to our class.
Dentistry Dr. Mark Troilo really inspired me. I liked how he was passionateabout dentistry when giving his lecture. I learned that you have to always befocused, the benefits are great, and the journey is a lot of work. I liked it when Dr. Troilo talked about the bell curve. He statedthat you have to always try your best. Dental school is no easy task, so you have toalways be at the far right (top) of the bell curve. The first year of dental school isthe same as medical school. You have about forty hours a week, so it is reallystressful. In the end, a student can end up having about $350,000 in debt. Becoming a dentist is very rewarding. You can set up your ownpractice, hours, and the government is not involved. You are also able to spendmore time with your family. There are some negatives though. Dentists have thehighest divorce, suicide, and drug abuse rate than any other profession. However, ifyou are confident in yourself and have a strong support system, these statisticsshouldn’t even matter. The journey of becoming a dentist is tough. You spend all yourtime at school which is forty hours a week! After that you have to study for all yourexams and such. On top of that, sometimes your instructors are mean and don’tcare about you. You do form some close bonds with your peers in school though.Like any other profession, there are the positives and negatives. Dentistry was always in the back of my mind. After listening toDr. Troilo, dentistry seems like a good profession. I feel the positives outweigh thenegatives. I learned from the lecture that you have to always be focused, thebenefits are great, and the journey is a lot of work. I feel more knowledgeable inthis career after the lecture.
Respiratory Margret Trumpp’s lecture was informative. She talked about whatrespiratory therapists did and how the career started. I learned about the classes you needto take, what they did, and how the program works. To become a respiratory therapist, you need to take classes such asintermediate algebra, college writing, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, speech, andmuch more. There are a lot of science courses. You need a “C” minimum in these classes.You need an associate’s degree of science in health and science. It takes about two and ahalf years.Respiratory therapists assist in the evaluation, treatment, and care of patients withheart, lung, and breathing disorders. After acute care, they can work in a physician’s office.The career outlook is expected to increase 21%. The annual salary is around $52,200.The program is 18 months (3 semesters). There are a total of 8 programs in the UnitedStates. You have to renew your license annually which is about $70. You also needcontinuing education. You have to pay for about 12 hours of continuing education everyyear. Overall, I learned a lot about respiratory therapists. Repertory therapy isalmost a 65 year profession. It started because medical residents were inconsistent in theirobservations and the nurses were too busy. This profession is also changing. Again, thelecture was informative and I learned a lot of new information.
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