The first week of SGCHA, aka-orientation week, was dedicated to learning the ropes of this course! We were visited by Misty from Volunteer Services, Vee Cox from Health Prevention (TB shots—Thank you), Kim from Hospital Education, Officer Dick from Security, and Laurie Labarca from Administration! We were given tours of the hospitals and informed on where to park. Also, we had discussions of procedures of the hospital, which is helpful to know. I thought this week was very interesting and informative because I found most of the information new and interesting!
Thank You Letters
At the end of each rotation, we either made creative thank you letters or wrote professional thank you letters!
Now for… Creative Thank You Letters
Creative Thank You Letter: 5W VIEW SIDE ONE VIEW SIDE TWO
Creative Thank You Letter: 7W VIEW SIDE ONE VIEW SIDE TWO
Creative Thank You Letter: NICU VIEW SIDE ONE VIEW SIDE TWO
Creative Thank You Letter: OR VIEW SIDE ONE VIEW SIDE TWO
Creative Thank You Letter: Vee Cox VIEW SIDE ONE VIEW SIDE TWO
Now for… Professional Thank You Letters
Professional Thank You Letter: CICU
Professional Thank You Letter: ER
Professional Thank You Letter: PICU
Professional Thank You Letter: Rehab
Professional Thank You Letter: Respiratory Care
Now for… MENTOR FORMS!
Mentor Form: 7 West SJC
Mentor Form: ER SJC
Mentor Form: Labor and Delivery/ CICU
Mentor Form: Rehab Services
Mentor Form: Respiratory Care
Hand Washing Presentations
We Went to:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton
Clarke Middle School
We traveled to Elementary schools giving presentations over the importance of hand washing and personal hygiene.
Now for… Blogs.
Week 10 Blog: ER HEY!! WOW--where to begin! I was in ER at St. Joseph. This was a very exciting rotation with lots going on! I saw everything from a mother with abcesses, to suicide attempts, to a rape victim! It was nuts, but the nurses I got to follow were awesome! I was placed in the triage unit and it was a fast paced process. We had patient after patient after patient! The saddest thing that I saw was the 5 year old girl that came in with her parents and a police officer because she had to get a rape kit done on her because she was a possible rape victim. The girl was BEAUTIFUL and she looked so upset! Then the day kept getting more interesting with 4 suicide attempts right after each other! WOW. It was exciting! Defintely a great rotation!
Week 11 Blog: Respiratory Care
Hey Everybody! This week I was in Respiratory Care at St. Francis! I followed Danny and Thao! They were AWESOME! Danny had the SICU which was so high tech and fast paced unit! I WILL work in a face paced unit! The second day, I was in the Burn Center, PICU, and Neuro with Thao! I saw alot of sad things, but very cool! On imporant thing i learned that if you are taking birth control--which im not--dont smoke! A 30 year old woman was in there for smoking and birth control and had the mental compacity of a two year old now! SO SAD!
Week 6: 5 West SJC
I was in 5 West at SJC. The first day I sat in the monitor room. If there is any person in the hospital that is on a heart monitor then their results and heart beats show on these screens! It is defintiely an entry level position. It was not aweful, because i had a really cool nurse; they were super entertaining! BUT THE SECOND DAY, i did the EXACT SAME THING FOR THREE HOURS! it was aweful! I am just glad its over.
Week 3 Blog: NICU
I was in the NICU at St. Joseph Campus! My rotation was truly amazing! The nurses that I was able to follow were very inspiring ladies. They give up alot for the job and put their whole hearts into what they do! I saw a lot of disturbing and sad situations; I just wanted to help! I am seriously considering going into neonatal care because of this rotation. :) Katie M.
Week 9 Blog: Rehab Services
For my Week 9 rotation, I was in Rehab Services at St. Joseph. I followed Carolyn and Rob around and I learned alot! Although rehab is not my cup of tea, I thought their job was very interesting! It seems like we saw a ton of overweight people (no pun intended:]) It was quite sad--most of these types of patients goal's were to sit up in their bed! If they could sit up in their bed, then that was an accomplishment! The saddest thing about my rotation was a man in his mid-60s and he was found at his home in his dried feces. His wife left him and he could barely walk. He had a sense of humor although he seemed like a piece of work!
Now For… Career Research
Career 1: Pharmacy Technician
The first, entry level, medical job that I would be interested in would be a Pharmacy Technician. I believe this would be a great job to get your feet wet and learn a lot about Pharmaceutical positions. Pharmacy Technicians basically work under Pharmacists. Technicians perform tasks such as counting tablets, labeling prescription bottles, and assist pharmacists in preparing medications. This job does not require a specific college degree; however, it does require certification from Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and previous experience is preferred. There are degrees from colleges that are obtainable, but on the job training is most commonly used.
Career 2: Dental Assistant
The second, entry level, medical job that I would be interested in would be a Dental Assistant. This would be an interesting job because of the close-knit work you do with the dentists themselves. You work and in hand and gain the experience of dentistry up close. Dental Assistants perform routine check-ups, cleaning teeth, and assist dentists in filling cavities and other dental procedures. Prior requirements for dental assistants are graduating from a six to 12 month long class obtained from a technical or trade school, community or junior college. Most training is done through orientation within the first few days of work. This would be a very educational job; however, since most dental offices operate during the daytime, it would be a challenging job to attain during college.
Career 3: CNA
The third, entry level, medical job interesting to me would be Certified Nursing Assistant. A CNA works closely with patients helping them accomplish daily living tasks such as bathing, grooming, checking patient’s vital signs, and assisting nurses. It might not be the most glorified position within the field but is most vital to the patient’s stress management. I think this would be an interesting career choice because of the first hand experience you would gain. You would be able to work closely with the nurses, which would be very helpful if you wanted to go into the nursing profession. To become a CNA, along with obtaining a high school diploma or GED, it is required to complete six to 12 week course in a CNA certified program from community college or medical facility.
Career 4: Neurologist
The medical job that I would love to do would be a neurologist. A neurologist is a medical doctor who is trained in the diagnosis of nervous system disorders, including problems of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. I am attracted to this field because I think it would be fascinating to see how the brain works, and why certain diseases spurn from nervous system disorders. Training for this job is quite intensive. Training begins with graduating from a pre-medical college or university program, then completion of medical school resulting in a MD or OD doctorate. Upon completion of medical school, a one year internship in internal medicine or surgery is required before acquiring at least three years of specialty training in an accredited neurology residency program.
Career 5: OB/GYN
Another medical job that I would be interested in is an OB/GYN. This a specialty medical field focused to women’s health. OB/GYN’s are specials in general women’s health, as well as providing care during pregnancy and women’s reproductive system. This medical practice interests me because I would want to work with babies and more intensive cases of pre-mature babies. I would be able to think on my feet specific to the case which would be exciting and not routine. Training for this job begins with four years undergraduate school, four years medical school, and three to eight years residency in that specific field. Courses include physics, organic chemistry, English, and math.
Career 6: Psychiatry
The sixth and final medical job that interests me would be psychiatry. A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders, such as: Anxiety, depression, developmental disabilities, and psychosis. I am very interested in how the brain works and what exactly causes these disorders. This is a job where I would be able to think outside the box and hopefully, find a cure and help some of these patients who suffer from these disorders. A psychiatrist must complete four years of undergraduate school, retain a M.D. or O.D. degree from an accredited medical school, and complete four years of residency from an accredited residency program, of which three have to be in psychiatry.
Now for… Professional Lectures.
Dr. Summerhouse Seminar On Friday, September 17, Mrs. Clarke-Hang’s father, Dr. Summerhouse, came to talk to us. His visit was extremely helpful and very informational. Dr. Summerhouse informed us on how to become a full licensed doctor. He is a family physician, who just recently retired after thirty-five years! Dr. Summerhouse informed us about three types of practicing, patient caring doctors. The three types of practicing doctors are a registered nurse, a Physician’s Assistant, and a doctor. To become a registered nurse, a person has to complete college and 2 years of nursing school. This is a very common type of practice because a person has the opportunity to have full contact with patient without having to attend school for many years. The second type of doctor is a Physician’s Assistant, more commonly referred to as a PA. A PA is the step below a doctor on the medical field hierarchy. To become a PA, a person has to complete a four-year undergraduate degree as well as complete a two-year medical degree. The PA is a doctor’s right hand gal. They can write prescriptions, see patients, and follow-up with doctors. The third type of doctor is a fully licensed doctor. To become a full licensed doctor, a person must complete a four-year undergraduate degree and four years of medical school. Even though they are considered full licensed doctor, graduated medical students are required to complete a 2-3 year residency. If the doctor chooses to acquire a specialty medical degree, it is common to complete this portion of their degree during residency. Thank you, Mrs. Clarke-Hang, for allowing your father to come and talk to us!
On Friday, October 29, 2010, we went to Newman University to listen to Meg Trump. She showed us a video to begin with detailing the occupation of a respiratory therapist. A Respiratory therapist works in all areas of the healthcare field such as in –patient and out-patient facilities, clinical settings, and diagnostic labs and nursing homes. Some therapists are called to the patients home. A respiratory therapist works with all ages ranging from pre-mature babies to older patients on life support. Technology is constantly changing and progressing, therefore respiratory therapists can adapt and learn as fast as anybody. They have to keep updated on all the new equipment and they can teach the primary doctors about these new technologies. Job security is always provided if you want to go into respiratory therapy. If interested, Newman requires the prospective students to take a hospital tour with a respiratory therapist. This will give the student a true idea of the daily life of a respiratory therapist.
Respiratory therapists work in all areas of the healthcare field with many different case types, meaning working with people encountering different diseases. Therefore, jobs will always be available for respiratory therapist because of the need for them. The average annual salary is around $52,000. This is a good entry-level, associate’s degree, which takes around 2 and ½ years of full-time study.
On Friday, November 12, 2010, we traveled to the Sedgwick County Zoo to listen to Dr. Bryant talk to us on various subjects about zoology. These subjects included cardiology, radiology, and actual zoology.
The first thing Dr. Bryant discussed was the actual operation and make-up of a heart, if it be small or large. We learned about the operation of a four chamber heart, which was very interesting and this explanation actually stuck with me. I finally understand the workings of a heart! Yay! Dr. Bryant showed us a parrot’s heart, which was tiny because it doesn’t need to be large since a parrot is a small species. He, also, showed us a giraffe’s heart, which was large—like a basketball or bigger!
His assistant, the vet tech, let us listen to heart beats they have recorded. This was very cool to listen to normal heartbeats. Dr. Bryant said something that made complete sense. He said the more you listen to normal heartbeats the faster you will be able to tell an abnormal heartbeat from a normal one. We also got to see radiographic images of many different species!
As a class, we were all allowed and able to listen to the heartbeats of a horse, chicken, and goat!
Overall, I found this seminar, along with the respiratory seminar, to be the most beneficial. It was hands-on and interactive! Thank you to Dr. Bryant and his team for allowing us to come and listen to their presentation! It was a lot of fun and very interesting!
Overall, this has been a wonderful experience. This program has provided me the opportunity to discover and learn about a variety of healthcare professions through a hands-on approach. It has enabled to me to make further decisions concerning my future, which will most definitely be in the healthcare industry. I found this entire experience beneficial and very productive.