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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.