The first week of Health Academy I honestly had no idea what to expect. We had a lot of people come and talk to us. I felt overloaded at first but I knew that I would get used to the schedule.
Orientation Week cont.
I remember being talked to a lot about HIPPA law. Mrs. Clark-Hang told us that we couldn’t talk about what we saw in the hospital outside of the classroom. She told us the story of a student who was kicked out of Health Academy a couple years ago for violating HIPPA. And then a police officer told us about the same information.
Orientation Week cont.
We then began the touring of St. Francis. It seemed like a maze at first. I had no sense of direction inside the labyrinth of halls. Although by the end of the tour there did seem to be a pattern to it all.
Thank You Letters
Every week after rotations we had to write a either a handmade personal thank you letter or a professionally written one.
Handwritten Thank You Letters
During the course of Health Academy we thanked a lot of the units and individual speakers with handwritten thank you letters
These were very fun to make and
Labor and Delivery Handwritten Thank You
TB test Handwritten Thank You
CCU Handwritten Thank You
Rehab Handwritten Thank You
ER Handwritten Thank You
Professional Thank You Letters
Also we had to make 5 professional Thank You letters
These were written in business letter profile
Respiratory Professional Thank You
PICU Professional Thank You
CICU Professional Thank You
BICU Professional Thank You
Lab Professional Thank You
Hand Washing Presentations
Our first major assignment for Health Academy was to make Hand Washing Presentations for grades K-3 at some of the local Catholic schools. We were sectioned into groups of five and gave our presentations to the class as a test run.
Hand Washing Presentations cont.
We went to Clarke Elementary, Saint Elizabeth Anne Seaton Catholic Grade School, All Saints Catholic Grade School, and Tops Elementary
It was an interesting experience seeing which kids would be fooled by our Germ Light trick
Every week after rotations we would blog about our experiences at the different units and comment on other people’s blogs.
My time in PICU
Posted by jack klenda at Monday, November 8, 2010 1:57:45 PM CST
I had heard from many students before that PICU wasn't a very exciting or engaging rotation. This was true to a point. There wasn't a whole lot to do and the nurses explained to me just about every patient in the first twenty minutes i was there. But what was fun was to listen to the nurses make fun one nurse in particular. They tricked her into calling a liquor store and asking for Keith Stone. Apparently she didn't understand and called back twice more before they finally told her she had been tricked.
My time in the Burn Unit
Posted by jack klenda at Monday, November 8, 2010 2:13:00 PM CST
Burn Unit was pretty interesting. The first day I mostly watched a guy who had inhaled anhydrous and had been on a bed unconscious for about ten days before i got there. The next day I got to see a surgery. A roofer had accidentally hit his head on a power line and the electricity went in his head and out his hands. He had to get skin grafted on his head and hands. It was really cool to watch.
OR SFC Blog
my time in or again
Posted by jack klenda at Thursday, October 21, 2010 1:00:03 PM CDT
This week i was in the or at st. francis. On the first day i went in and saw a lymphectomy and breast cancer removal. It was really interesting because there was alot of radiology involved and that was what my paper was over. The surgical staff was very nice and let me view as much as they could. One surgeon told me some very intersting stories about his tours in Vietnam. This was probabley my favorite rotation so far.
Labor and Delivery Blog
my time in lad
Posted by jack klenda at Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:41:48 PM CDT
So i was in the new life/ labor and delivery unit at sjc. The first day i saw one baby being born. The mother had her whole family in the room and they all took pictures of the baby with cell phones the moment after it was weighed. The neonatologist came in and sucked all the fluid out of the baby's lungs with a suction instrument. He wasn't very gentle and that surprised me a little. I'd always been told that when i saw birth for the first time I would be very emotionally affected. In all honesty it wasn't some ground shaking moment. It was very cool and all but the nurse i was with was telling me stuff about birth so I was trying to listen to her. All in all if you haven't been to this unit yet pray there's alot going on that day or bring some homework.
my time in rehab
Posted by jack klenda at Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:37:14 PM CDT
My first day in rehab was alot more interesting than most people made it out to be. I followed a pt(physical therapist) and an occupational therapist(ot) around. First we saw this 80 year old asian lady who couldn't speak english therefore required a translator. I got a real good view of true Vietnamese and i realized that i couldn't ever be able to speak that language. The second patient had emphazema. His skin was filled with air pockets and was crackley to the touch. On the second day we went to the dementia ward. It was pretty creepy, and i didn't feel comfortable. The last patient was a dude who had abdominal surgery and couldn't walk very well.
Each week during our two days of rotations we would have to have the person who was our supervisor for the day
We would get ranked on our appearance, promptness, and behavior
CICU Mentor Form
PICU Mentor Form
NCCU Mentor Form
BICU Mentor Form
Lab Mentor Form
Resume and Cover Letter
One of our major assignments of the semester was to make a cover page and resume for an entry level position in the health field
One of our main assignments in Health Academy was to create a list of 6 different careers that we would be interested in going in
Mine were Radiological Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Nursing Assistant, Physician, Phlebotomist, and Lab Tech
We went to a number of professional lectures as a class this semester
These were mostly at Newman
They included Radiological Technician, Nursing, Respiratory Therapist, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, and General Physician Lecture
We went to Newman to learn about Respiratory Therapy as a profession
Dr. Meg Trump presented
We got to intubate a dummie
Respiratory Therapy Con’t
We went to Newman to have Ron Shipley present to us about what Radiological Technicians do
Then we looked at pictures of Xrays
We went to the zoo to learn about how animal hearts work and some Veterinary Medicine
It was really cool
Veterinary Medicine Con’t
A Carissa Coleman, a psychology grad student, came to talk to us about pursuing a psychology degree
She made it sound pretty cool
Being a Physician
Dr. Summerhouse came to talk to us about becoming Doctors
He explained all about Med School and what would happen once we were done with it
I think Health Academy has served its purpose for me.
It was designed to help us discern if we wanted to go into the Medical field and I feel confident that I want to
It was a very good experience overall
Classic $#!T In Health Academy
Having a good time in Rotations where everyone else didn’t