St. Gianna Catholic Health Academy 2010 Grace Lewis
The first week was full of a lot of new information. We learned about:
What was expected of us
After each talk we wrote a paper to reflect on what we had learned
This week we went to the Zoo to listen to the. I couldn't believe how big giraffes hearts are and how little a birds heart is. Dr. Bryant was very in love with his job, which made his presentation more exciting. His vet tech let us listen to the heartbeats of animals which was amazing. Every animal has a different heart sound and size. It proves how different humans really are from animals. I really loved this experience and appreciated this opportunity.
This week the lectures were on Nursing and Radiology Tech. The speakers were very interesting and extremely informative. The lectures were at Newman University and were taught by professors.
The nursing program at Newman is only available to 32 students and over 60 applicants apply each semester. The class size is small for more helpful learning and rotations are even smaller. The Newman nursing students get hands on experience and have a very high passing rate of 98%. Newman University is very strong in science courses. The options at Newman are for a two year degree for nursing or a four year degree. A BSN or RN is able to be obtained through the nursing program. It is said in the next 10 years there will be an extreme shortage for nurses throughout the United States. This program is one I might consider. Nurses make around $19 an hour and the pay increases with the years of education.
The radiology tech speaker was very interesting and informative. He made me really consider going into Radiology. He showed us the different types of x-ray machines and what exactly is required of radiology technicians. The degree is a two year degree. Radiology Techs take x-rays, care for patients, and help the radiologist in hands on way. The x-rays he showed us looked very difficult to read but I found it to be very interesting, again I look at this career as a possibility.
I found both of these lectures extremely interesting and again as I always find in the Health Academy I think of a new career in the medical field that might suit me.
This week’s lecture was so interesting and fun! We went to Newman to hear about Respitory therapy. This kind of therapy is only about sixty years old and is quite respected in the Medical community. Respitory therapists are on every floor of hospitals and work with many different patients.
We first watched a short video in which we were told what exactly Respitory therapy is and how it is an ever changing job. Like many jobs in the health field RT is one that changes constantly. New machines are always being put into use and the therapist must stay on top of it. All interviewee’s loved their job and the diversity of it.
The job only takes a 2-2 ½ year degree from Newman. It is a very selective program and a newer one at NU. The class size is small and they graduate every December and every May. The salary for Respitory therapist is about $60,000 a year starting out.
During the lecture we were able to practice putting in a breathing tube on an adult dummy and a baby. It was so interesting and very intense. The work was a lot harder than expected but it was exciting and the woman giving the lecture was very patient and helpful. I really enjoyed this lecture because it was hands on and it was a career I had never really learned about before.
Rotations Week 1
Week one I was in SICU at St. Francis Hospital. The SICU is the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.
In this unit I followed the same nurse for both days and learned what charting was, watched patients, and learned how “intense” the unit actually was.
In the end, I decided this was not a unit for me.
Thank You Card Week 1
Radiology Week 2
My second week I was in Radiology. I did really love this unit. I was at St. Joseph's and found that I liked it a lot better than St. Francis.
I had a lot of fun and the nurses were so nice, from this unit I decided that I might look into this as a career option.
Lab Week 3
In the Lab I had a great nurse that I followed! Her name was Tu and she was so kind and I followed her all day and we took patients blood from all around the hospital.
The second day I stayed in the lab and they taught me what all the machines in there do.
This job was fun for the two days but as a career I don’t believe it was for me. There is too much Chemistry involved.
Thank You Card Week 3
NICU Week 4
I fell in love with NICU at St. Joseph's campus. I loved all my nurses and being with the babies was really a life changing experience. It was amazing how little they were yet, how strong they were fighting for their life. It was absolutely amazing.
This unit I did my research paper over and hope to pursue a career as a Neonatologist.
It was truly a life changing experience.
Thank You Card Week 4
Week 5 General Surgery
For week 5 I was in general surgery. I learned very little and the floor was slow. The job of the nurses was to check on patients and distribute medications.
The floor only had a few patients and the nurses had very little for me to watch. So I was able to go around with my mother in Labor and Delivery.
Week 5 Thank You Card
This week I was in the OR and I loved it! I got to see two surgeries and even dressed in scrubs—which always makes one feel professional. I learned a lot and got be right there when the surgeries were taking place, I really did love this rotation.
This week I was in 5E. It was not the most fascinating I helped a nurse put together “go home packets” which was nice. The floor was just like general surgery—not much went on and the patients were there to wait to be able to go home. I would never choose to work on this floor.
Labor and Delivery was extremely slow and I was given the opportunity to shadow my mom. I got to watch how mothers and their new babies worked with each other in the first days of meeting one another.
It was amazing and a very beautiful experience. I learned in this unit that loving your job is most important above all else.
Cardiac Unit was absolutely fascinating. It was a high intensity unit and not a lot went on but the patients were so fun to learn about and I really did love the nurses I followed. They were helpful and insightful.
This week I followed around a physical therapist. I absolutely loved it! This rotation was a real eye opener and I really liked how the Physical Therapist’s saw a wide variety of patients and had very important roles in all of their recoveries.
Thank You Card 10
This week I was in the ER. I loved it! I was able to stand in on a Code Blue and able to see so much of how the unit works in a true emergency situation. I loved this unit and now consider it as a potential career option.
This week I was in Respiratory therapy it was extremely interesting yet, repetitive. I did enjoy that I go to go around the hospital a lot and I did learn so much. The nurses I followed were very helpful.
This week I was in the OR at St. Francis. I got to see so much and the nurses were so nice. I was able to watch two by-pass surgeries, a skin graph, and a gal bladder be removed. It was such an amazing experience. This week I felt so truly blessed to be part of this program.
This week I was in PICU. This unit was not that exciting. The nurses were fun to talk to but there was only three patients. One of the patients was being released, the other was going to surgery, and the other couldn’t have visitors.
Professional Thank You 11
ATTN: Newman University
3100 West McCormick Street
Wichita, KS 67218
Dear Ms Trump,
I am writing you to thank you for speaking to our class about respiratory therapy. I learned a lot and greatly appreciated the time you took out of your day to talk to all of us.
My favorite part of your presentation was when you allowed us to attempt to put in a breathing tube. It was so fun and exciting to get to try for ourselves. It was amazing to actually see how t he breathing tube works. Your passion about the program made me excited about respiratory therapy and now consider it as an option.
Thank you so much for giving a presentation, showing us the video, and allowing us to practice on the dummy. Your presentation was fun and very informative. Thank you for talking with us.
Professional Thank You 12
ATTN: St. Francis Campus
929 N. St . Francis
Wichita, KS 67218
Dear Ms Asmussen,
I am writing you to thank you for allowing me to follow around the therapists this week on my rotation. I was able to learn a lot and see even more. I greatly appreciate this opportunity.
My favorite part of the rotation was being able to see a vast majority of different patients. Each therapist I followed were extremely helpful and I could tell really did love their jobs. Any questions I asked were always answered. The Respiratory Therapy program has amazing therapists.
Thank you so much for allowing me to shadow. I did learn so much and now consider Respiratory Therapy a potential career. Thank you for everything! Happy Holidays!
Professional Thank You 13
ATTN: St. Francis Campus
929 N. St . Francis
Wichita, KS 67218
Dear Ms Hommertzheim,
I am writing you to thank you for allowing me to watch surgeries this week on my rotation. I am so thankful for the opportunity and really appreciate the kindness of the OR staff.
My favorite part of the rotation was being able to see a vast majority of different patients. Each surgery I watched was extremely helpful and I could tell that the nurses and doctors really do love their jobs. Any questions I asked were always answered. The OR has amazing nurses.
Thank you so much for allowing me to shadow. I did learn so much and now consider being an OR nurse as a potential career. Thank you for everything! Happy Holidays!
This week there wasn’t much required of me. I sat with the nurses and watched over patients that were extremely sick. It was a very depressing unit but at the same time very interesting. I feel like there was too much emotion there for me to ever want to work there.
This week was awesome. It was all about being on your feet and really being ready for anything. I saw a vast majority of different people. I saw older people and extremely young children coming in for x-rays. The nurses were so nice and helpful I really did love this rotation.
This week I went to the lab at St. Joe campus. The lab was full of information. I really liked the woman I worked with her name was Tu and she was very helpful and really let me get hands on when we were taking blood. She was so friendly and trusting. The second day was not as great. It was all just about learning the different types of machines. It was during this day I decided that working in the Lab was not for me. The work was extremely redundant. I suggest whoever does this rotation next...wear good shoes! You stand all day and Sperry's aren't the best for that!
This week I was on rotation at the NICU at St. Joe. I loved it! I think I have found my future profession. It was so awesome being with all those babies and the nurses were some of the nicest that I’ve had so far. The nurses actually loved their jobs--which I was yet to see. I got to hold some babies and feed them. It was so nice and warm up there and so quiet. It was a great rotation. All the nurses are great and working with those babies is just all in all an awesome experience.
For the first day I was in general surgery. General surgery was so boring so the next day I shadowed my mom around. I didn't necessarily like what my mom does--which is teaching new moms to breastfeed. What I did learn from this is that there is a job out there for everyone. My mom loves her job and it really made me want to aspire into what I want to be because the way she interacted with her patients and how excited she got when she got a patient was just awesome. From this week I learned that the extra work is worth doing to have a job that I really do love and enjoy.
Mentor Form Week 9
Mentor Form Week 10
Mentor Form Week 11
Mentor Week 12
Mentor Form Week 13
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11 October 2010
Subject: Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
I am pursuing a career as a Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Enclosed is my resume for your review.
My background in education is very strong. For 13 years I have attend private schools including Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School. During my years of studying I have excelled in honors programs including math, history, English, and Spanish. I am currently enrolled in college-credit classes as a first semester senior. I have lettered in Academics two years in a row and have an accumulative GPA of 3.65. I am a hard, positive worker.
My experiences from swim team and studying daily in a hospital have prepared me for this position. I am a great team player. I am able to take charge but I can also be a follower when appropriate. During my rotation in the NICU I found that I have an intense passion for the unit and floor as a whole. Everything about the NICU at Via Christi called me to be part of it. There is no doubt in my mind that this is where I should be, my passion is strong as is my drive to succeed.
I am confident that I would be an asset to Via Christi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Grace E. Lewis
1400 Oak Forest
Derby, KS 67037
2306 Glenn Hills Dr.
Derby, KS 67037
Program Director, Curriculm Coordinator
929 N. St. Francis
Wichita, KS 67212
I learned so much from being in this Health Academy and felt very blessed for all the opportunities I was given. I was able to watch surgeries, meet amazing nurses, and was even able to work hands on. I loved this Academy and would recommend it to anyone.
I will be attending Kansas State University in the fall 2011 and study Pre-Medicine.
My goal is to one day be a doctor in a hospital setting—but I’m yet to decided what and where