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  • 1. St Gianna Health Academy Rachel Roth
  • 2. Orientation Week
    • We were given a tour of both hospitals we would be doing rotations in. We had three guest speakers come in and talk to us. They gave information on hospital rules, locations, safety, and hand washing. We were given an overview of what the class would consist of and what was to be expected of us.
  • 3. Blogs
    • After every week of rotations we were required to blog about what happened in our rotations. We then would read other blogs and comment about what others did and saw. The blogs were interesting because they allowed us to see what others did and share what we did in a quick and efficient way.
  • 4. Blogs
    • Radiology
    • This week I was in Radiology. The first day I spent in the CT department. I watched several CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. The second day I went to Diagnostics for the first hour and watched a CT of the throat to see what was going on with a lady's swallowing. It was very interesting. Then I went back to the CT department and watched more CT scans.
    MICU This week I was at the MICU. The first day I was with a nurse named Alicia. There was not much going on with her 2 patients, so she showed me around and we talked and read magazines. The second day I watched a pic being put into an elderly lady and that was really interesting. Then I went with Seanna and nothing was going on with her patients, so we just talked.  The people in this unit were very nice. CICU This week I was in the CICU. The first day I followed around the charge nurse, Teri. She was moving the entire time. Mainly just giving medication and checking on patients. The second day I was with another charge nurse, Jennifer. She was really personable and loved her job. This week was pretty interesting. Rehab This week I was in Rehab. I really liked in actually. I shadowed a Rehab assistant named Emily. We were mainly dealing with people trying to stand up and walk but it was very interesting. Rehab workers have to have a lot of patience and kindness. Their patients sometimes are uncooperative but so it also deals with psychology. This rotation was enjoyable. ER This week I was in the ER. Not too much happened. I followed around Thomas who was a tech. We mainly transported patients and cleaned rooms. He was an entertaining mentor though so it was not a bad rotation.
  • 5. Radiology Thank You Letter
    • Inside
    • Outside
  • 6. CICU Thank You Letter
    • Front
    • Back
  • 7. PEDS Thank You Letter
    • Outside
    • Inside
  • 8. 4 SW Thank You Letter
    • Front
    • Back
  • 9. SICU Thank You Letter
    • Outside
    • Inside
  • 10. 4SW Thank You Letter
    • 14 November 2010
    • ATTN: 4SW
    • Kathy Reyes
    • St. Francis Campus
    • 929 N Saint Francis St
    • Wichita, KS 67214
    • Dear 4SW,
    • Thank you very much for allowing me to come in and observe what you all do everyday. It was very
    • interesting and I enjoyed it. Each patient seemed to know the nurses and interact with them happily.
    • You all were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy your jobs. Nursing is a very important career, and I
    • am glad I had the opportunity to share this experience with you.
    • Thanks again for letting me shadow your unit. I had a good time and learned a lot
    • Sincerely,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 11. Rehab Thank You Letter
    • 15 November 2010
    • ATTN: Rehab
    • Carol Cowart
    • St. Francis Campus
    • 929 N Saint Francis St
    • Wichita, KS 67214
    • Dear Rehab,
    • Thank you very much for allowing me to come in and observe what you all do everyday. It was very interesting and I
    • enjoyed it. Each patient seemed to know you guys and interact with you happily.
    • You all were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy your jobs. Rehab is a very important career, and I am glad I had the
    • opportunity to share this experience with you. It seemed very busy and you were on the move all the time. The patience
    • you all had with your patients was impressive
    • Thanks again for letting me shadow your unit. I had a good time and learned a lot. Special thanks to Emily, Laura, and
    • Adrianna!
    • Sincerely,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 12. Zoology Thank You Letter
    • 15 November 2010
    • ATTN: SPEAKER
    • Dr. Bryant and Karen Bates
    • Wichita Zoo
    • 5555 Zoo Boulevard
    • Wichita, KS 67212
    • Dear Dr. Bryant and Karen Bates,
    • Thank you for taking time out of your day to come and talk to us. You lectures over cardiology and
    • veterinary medicine were very interesting.
    • I appreciate you explaining what your specific tasks are and the skills you must acquire to be
    • successful in your work environment. I admire your devotions to animals and the patience you both
    • have with them.
    • Thanks again for your time, I learned a lot.
    • Sincerely,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 13. 5 SE Thanks You Letter
    • 15 November
    • ATTN: 5 SE
    • Barb Bogner
    • St. Francis Campus
    • 929 N Saint Francis St
    • Wichita, KS 67214
    • Dear 5SE,
    • Thank you very much for allowing me to come in and observe what you all do everyday. It was very
    • interesting and I enjoyed it. Each patient seemed to know the nurses and interact with them happily.
    • You all were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy your jobs. Nursing is a very important career, and I
    • am glad I had the opportunity to share this experience with you.
    • Thanks again for letting me shadow your unit. I had a good time and learned a lot
    • Sincerely,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 14. SICU Thank You Letter
    • 19 November 2010
    • ATTN: SURGICAL ICU/TRAMA
    • Cindy Standlee
    • St. Francis Campus
    • 929 N Saint Francis St
    • Wichita, KS 67214
    • Dear SICU,
    • Thank you very much for allowing me to come in and observe what you all do everyday. It was very
    • interesting and I enjoyed it. Each patient was unique and you all showed great care for them.
    • You all were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy your jobs. SICU is a very important career, and I
    • am glad I had the opportunity to share this experience with you. It seemed very diverse and at times
    • very sad. I admire your devotion and composure in dealing with your jobs.
    • Thanks again for letting me shadow your unit. I had a good time and learned a lot. Special thanks to
    • Kalen whom I was with the two days I was there!
    • Sincerely,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 15. Mentor Form Week 4
  • 16. Mentor Form Week 5
  • 17. Mentor Form Week 6
  • 18. Mentor Form Week 9
  • 19. Mentor Form Week 10
  • 20. Hand Washing Presentations
    • We went to different elementary and middle schools and gave hand washing presentations. We were in different groups of 5. We performed a skit, taught the kids a remake of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, used lotion and a black light to create a germ finder, and answered any questions the students had. We tried to keep the students involved and most of the kids seemed to enjoy it. We handed out coloring sheets, stickers, a bar of soap, and a toothbrush to each student. The teacher filled out an evaluation once we were finished. We got positive results from each teacher. We tried to keep the energy level in the classrooms high. The kids seemed to have fun with our presentations.
  • 21. Other Projects
    • We learned to listen to heart beats and the lungs with a stethoscope and learned about the different lobes. We also learned how to take blood pressure. We learned all the different reflexes and how to get a reaction. We also took Medical Terminology through Newman University which was very helpful.
  • 22. Resume
  • 23. Reference List
    • Mike Skaggs
    • (316) 214-2498
    • John Barber
    • (316) 722-1377
    • James Broughton
    • (316) 641-7602
  • 24. Cover Letter
    • Rachel Roth
    • 2332 Redbud Ln. Wichita, KS 67204
    • Home: (316) 831-9511 Mobile: (316) 214-8939
    • [email_address]
    • Denise Clark-Hang
    • 218 N Bleckley Wichita, KS
    • 10/11/10
    • Subject: Registered Nurse
    • I am pursuing a career in nursing. Enclosed is a resume for your review.
    • I have taken Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.. These were all honors classes and I received an A or a high B. I am currently in a Medical Terminology class through Newman University. I have been employed at the YMCA for 2 years and it has allowed me to meet many people. My work at the YMCA has helped me to become very personable and respectful of others regardless of their backgrounds.
    • My studies and work experience have instilled in me strong values. They have helped me to be dedicated, responsible, and determined. I am flexible, decisive, and work well with others. I do not have trouble making quick decisions and am willing to do what it takes to help your company in any way possible.
    • I am confident that I would be an asset to your company. I look forward to meeting you in a personal interview. You can reach me best at my mobile number: (316) 214-8939.
    • Best Regards,
    • Rachel Roth
  • 25. Career Discovery
    • 1. Athletic Trainer
    • A Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum requirement to be an athletic trainer, but most trainers have a master’s degree or higher. Athletic trainers specialize in prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries. To acquire this position many science and health-related courses are taken. Most trainers must be licensed and registered as well. Because athletic trainers deal directly with people, they must have good social and communication skills. Working with local athletic trainers would be good experience to have if you are considering this career. This interests me because I love the athletic environment.
    • &quot;United States Department of Labor&quot;. United States Department of Labor. 8/30/10 <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos294.htm>.
    • 2 . Certified Nurse’s Assistant
    • Certified Nurse’s Assistants perform basic patient care functions. It is an entry level position. They perform tasks such as bathing, dressing, and feeding patients. The only requirement to be a CNA is to have a high school diploma or complete a state approved training program in practical nursing. CNAs are one of the most in-demand jobs in the US. Volunteer work and working in a hospital setting could help you to attain this position. You must be caring to work in this position as well. This interests me because it is an easy and fast way to get hands on experience in the hospital environment.
    • http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/faqs/cna
    • 3. Massage Therapist
    • Massage therapy is an entry level position. This interests me because it would be interesting to learn how to relax the body. Massage therapists manipulate soft-tissue muscle. It can be used for many reasons such as rehabilitation, stress-relief, and promoting general health. Most massage therapy positions require 500 hours of study at least to be licensed. The requirements to get into the program vary greatly depending on that specific program. Any work done in a massage therapy environment would help you to get into the program.
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos295.htm
    • 4. Licensed Practical Nurse
    • Licensed practical nursing is an entry level position. This interests me because you would be working directly under physicians and licensed nurses getting experience in the field you are most interested in. LPNs care for patients under orders of physicians and other nurses. They provide basic bedside care to their patients. To receive a license to be a LPN you must complete and pass a state certified test for the program. A high school diploma is usually required as well. Any hospital shadowing or exposure would help you know if this position is right for you and help obtain the job.
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos102.htm
    • 5. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    • Diagnostic medical sonographers use direct high frequency sound waves to form an image when can then be diagnosed. This interests me because you would be working directly with patients and the technology and imaging is interesting. It also is not a long program and would be easy to continue study to go on to a higher level position. To get into this field both a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree is accepted. This program’s coursework includes instrumentation, physiology, and medical ethics. Those in this profession should have good interpretation and communications skills. To maintain this position continuing classes is normally required. Any shadowing and hospital experience would help to get into this program.
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos273.htm
    • 6. Physicians
    • Physicians diagnose and treat patents. They are very important in the medical world. This interests me because it would be interesting and exciting to have the ability to diagnose all sorts of issues. Many physicians specialize in certain areas and the requirements vary depending. Most physician positions require 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of residency depending on the specific position. Any experience in the medical field or working within the hospital will help you to acquire this position and know if this is the right career for you.
    • http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos074.htm
  • 26. Professional Lectures
    • We had many different speakers on Fridays from nurses to physicians to veterinarians. Each lecture was unique and interesting. I appreciate each one of them for taking time out of their day to come and share their lives with us.
  • 27. Dr. Summerhouse, DO
    • Rachel Roth
    • Mrs. Clarke-Hang
    • Health Academy
    • 9/20/2010
    • Dr. Summerhouse
    • Dr. Summerhouse has been a doctor for 35 years. He has experience in almost every field. He
    • thoroughly enjoyed family practice, but enjoyed the diversity of working in many different fields. Dr. Summerhouse gave
    • us a lot of information on his life, his experiences, and what to do in order to become your desired position.
    • He talked about the three different types of people who are allowed to prescribe prescriptions. First there is an
    • Advanced Training Nurse. They are required a 2 year degree and 2 years of training. There is also PAs (physician’s
    • assistants). They are required to get their master’s degree plus 2 more years of training. Finally there is a DO or an MD.
    • They have an unlimited license. They are trained and allowed to do everything in the medical field. Summerhouse is a
    • DO and has spent many hours at his work. He missed a lot of his family life, but said he enjoyed his work so much that
    • he didn’t really care. To get licensed, each state has different specific requirements.
    • The medical field is changing today. Today 47% of physicians are women which used to be very uncommon. Family
    • Practice doctors do everything from dermatology to surgery. That is why Summerhouse enjoyed this so much. There
    • was a lot of diversity and he was allowed to work directly with many different patients. DOs are osteologists and MD’s
    • are medical doctors. Summerhouse’s opinion was that DOs are much better that MD’s and can do much more, but he
    • is a little biased because that is what he is.
  • 28. Nursing
    • Rachel Roth
    • SGCHA
    • Nursing
    • Nursing is the largest health care occupation. It employs around 2.6 million people. Nurses have a lot
    • of responsibilities. They provide patient care. They are responsible for their medications, explaining to
    • them the proper way to operate, and provide advice and support to the patient and the patients
    • families. Nurses must have a kind and caring nature. They must be sympathetic as well as straight
    • forward. Nurses should enjoy learning because they learn everyday from the physician’s orders. They
    • learn about different ways to treat patients and different solutions to problems. Many nurses who have
    • been working for an extended period of time are looked up to and even sometimes asked for advice.
    • They see many different things and are forced to be attentive to everything so their knowledge is
    • always growing. Registered nurses, or RNs, can specialize in one specific area such as only working
    • with children or only working with cancer patients or they can be a floating nurse and work wherever
    • they are needed. The majority of nursing jobs are in the hospital, about 60%, but there are needs for
    • nurses almost everywhere. Some nurses work at specialty clinics, others work at family practices,
    • others work at schools, and still others work for businesses. Many of these nurses have set hours and
    • days, but they deal with a wide variety of patients and problems. The main ways to obtain a nursing
    • degree are a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN),
    • and a diploma. Diploma programs are usually ran by the place of employment such as the hospital.
    • Jobs will continue to grow in this occupation because of the all around need for them.
  • 29. Psychology
    • Rachel Roth
    • SGCHA
    • 10/04/10
    • Psychology
    • Psychology studies the way people and animals behave. They study patterns and form hypothesis to
    • explain what they observe. There are many different types of physiatrists that work with many different
    • situations. They study how the mind works and different ways to promote health and learning. Many
    • psychiatrists work from their own offices and have interviews with patients and diagnose disorders.
    • Others work in various environments from schools to hospitals.
    • For independent practice a doctoral degree is usually required. Sometimes an additional year of
    • practice is required as well. A bachelor’s degree will allow one to assist a physiologist. The
    • physiologist career is fairly competitive not the easiest field to gain acceptance into.
    • Clinical psychologists do typical therapy, one-on-ones with patients. Community physiologists must
    • obtain a research degree plus a psychology degree. They focus on the overall well-being of people.
    • They focus on bringing the community together. Developmental psychologists research how to interact
    • with patients of all ages and statuses. They deal with emotional and physical abuse patients of all
    • ages. They work in different environments because many locations and business need psychiatrists
    • from nursing homes to schools. There are many types of psychologists that deal with a wide range of
    • issues.
  • 30. Radiology
    • Rachel Roth
    • SGCHA
    • Radiology
    • Radiologists are in charge of doing medical diagnostic imaging. They are trained to use their
    • knowledge to diagnoses diseases and injuries with internal images. They are responsible for treating
    • certain diseases with radiation as well. Radiologist technicians are an important job as well. They are
    • required to position the patient before the imaging begins, select the proper amount of radiation
    • exposure, provide patient care, and assist the radiologist in any way needed. A radiologist tech is a 2
    • year associate’s degree. They must set up nursing care, radiation protection, assurance measures,
    • and ethical practices. The radiologist tech uses many different machines to take pictures from a MRI to
    • sonograms to PET to CT scans. They also use nuclear medicines and myocardial infusions. As
    • computer technology continues to advance so does this field because imaging is so closely related to
    • computers. The field is highly competitive and many who enter this field are at the top of their class.
    • The radiologist techs are responsible for passing an exam covering radiation on living tissue. Core
    • knowledge for this field is radiology which is the study of the ionizing radiation on living tissue. Much
    • advancement is being made with this field. The job outlook is expected to flourish, but will become
    • more and more complex with technology. Requirements for this position vary from state to state but all
    • require a licensure. Most jobs are held in the hospital for this field but some are in specific clinics. The
    • techs follow strict orders from physicians but are also asked for their opinions are follow up care.
    • Radiology is and is predicted to be a strong career of the future.
  • 31. Respiratory Therapy
    • Rachel Roth
    • SGCHA
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Respiratory therapists are responsible for treating patients with any problems with breathing or
    • digesting. They follow orders from the physicians they work under. They treat all ages from new borns
    • to the elderly. Respiratory therapists perform assessments of their patients to diagnose them. An
    • associate’s degree is required for becoming respiratory therapists. They spend most of the day on
    • their feet and moving between patients room. Many of them have set hours. Most of them work in
    • hospitals, usually 35-40 hours a week. They must be sensitive and caring to patient’s needs and
    • restrictions. They deal with many different types of patients so they also must have some psychology
    • as well as your usual medical study courses such as physiology and biology. The job outlook is very
    • good. The field is expected to continue to grow with new technologies. It’s the respiratory therapist’s job to know how
    • each type of technology works so to help the patient in the most effective way
    • possible. They are responsible to know and understand all the new equipment they could possibly be working with.
    • Respiratory therapists use many different techniques to help patients with their
    • breathings. Some common techniques are using oxygen or oxygen mixtures, chest physiotherapy, and aerosol
    • medications. Each focuses on different problems. They must teach the patient how to
    • properly inhale. They are responsible for knowing different positions which help drain mucus in the
    • lungs which can affect one’s breathing. The majority of respiratory therapists earn around $45,000-
    • 60,000 and this salary is predicted to continue growing. Most respiratory therapists report being satisfied with their job
    • and job environment.
  • 32. Zoo X-Ray Techs
    • Rachel Roth
    • Mrs. Clarke-Hang
    • SGCHA
    • 15 November 2010
    • X-Ray Technologists at the zoo have a job very different from X-ray technologists who deal with
    • humans. They have to be able to interpret a lot. The animals cannot tell them what is hurting. They
    • must interpret this from their behaviors. If an animal is limping or acting strange, the X-Ray techs is
    • normally where to start because X-Rays are noninvasive. They require no rehab and are quick to help
    • diagnose the problems. Small animals can be brought into the clinic for x-rays, but some large animals
    • or animals that are too dangerous cannot be brought in. The x-ray machine must be brought to them.
    • Some animals need anesthesia to get x-rays done.
    • X-rays can help identify many problems, from broken bones to tooth problems. They also can
    • sometimes show pregnancies and heart failure. MRI’s are also used. They give a more detailed
    • picture. They are sometimes used to analyze animal’s brains to see if they can find the cause for some
    • animal’s strange behaviors. Zoo radiologists depend a lot on their training to know when a x-ray is
    • needed. They also have to be very attentive to detail because the problems are not always extremely
    • noticeable. Zoo radiologists must also be very patient and have a love for animals. Animals are much
    • different to deal with than humans. There are many different anatomies the x-ray techs must get used
    • to. There is a big difference in a bat and an elephant’s anatomy. All humans are relatively the same.
    • Zoo x-ray techs have a difficult job, but I see how it could be rewarding if they love animals.
  • 33. Final Reflection
    • St. Gianna Health Academy has given me a hands on experience in the medical field. I have interacted with patients as well as their care providers. I got a feel for what life in many medical professions would be like. This experience will help me to determine my future profession. It also has forced me to research more deeply into possible careers and get advice from those who have already been through the education and training processes.
  • 34. The End!