1 The Academic Advisor NOVEMBER INSTITUTIONAL EDITION 2012Let us never be betrayed intosaying we have finished our Dear Faculty and Students, education, because that The Office of Academic Affairs would like to take a moment to sharewould mean we had stopped our thoughts and warm wishes to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. growing. Julia H. Gulliver It is at times like these that I am especially proud to be part of such an organization as the Allen School. The teamwork and support displayed by our students, faculty, and staff reminds me everyday how honored I am to be part of this team. In This Issue Sincerely,In Memorium – pg. 1 Sherilyn TowneJamaica Nursing Assistants Director, Academic Affairs and General EducationPractice their Skills – pg. 2Breast Cancer Walk – pg. 3 For more information on disaster assistance:MRSA, Staphylococcus, and Contact:Streptococcus – pg. 4 FEMADomestic Violence Awareness 1 (800) 621-FEMA– pg. 5 The Red Cross:Healthy Living Corner – pg. 5Student Success Stories – pg. 6 www.redcross.org In Memoriam Teacher Tips Muriel Lorraine Harris 2/16/63 – 11/13/12 Medical Assistant Student “The only person that can 4/23/12 – 10/19/12 cause you to fail is you.” Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of our beloved student. -Deborah Bingham After completing a successful program, she was scheduled to begin her Internship prior to her illness. The Service in Celebration of her Life was held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, with both staff and students in attendance. She will be missed.
2 The Academic Advisor JAMAICA CAMPUSJamaica Internship Ascension National Center forCeremony – October 19, 2012 Competency TestingWith smiles adorning, eyes with tears, The NCCT is an independent certifyingand cheers abounding, the 4/23/2012 organization that validates competencies instarting classes took part in the Medical Assisting skills, Phlebotomy, ECG,internship ascension ceremony. and Insurance Billing/Coding. To become certified, you must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the exam for that area of expertise. All of the information you will need is located on their website: www.ncctinc.com The website contains the applications, study guide (outline), and materials needed to contact the NCCT and set up your test.Jamaica Nursing Assistants Once or twice a month, the NCCT test is held here at the Jamaica campus (Brooklynpractice their skills campus also holds the same exams).Routine tasks, such as assisting withambulation, range of motion exercises,patient grooming, and taking vitalsigns help to provide much neededcare to a patient in need. NursingAssistants are a critical member of apatient’s healthcare team.
3 The Academic Advisor JAMAICA CAMPUS BREAST CANCER WALK—JAMAICA STUDENT OF THE WEEK CRITERIAJamaica students spent the day at Fresh -Doing well in your classMeadow Park in Queens on Sunday, -Scoring well on your examsOctober 21st, 2012. They walked the day -Displaying professional behavior -Adhering to the EDUCATE core valuesaway for a great cause – breast cancerawareness. A fund raiser, bake sale, and thewalk-a-thon all raised funds for this cause. Teamwork is everything in healthcare… Improved quality of care Improved patient safety/satisfaction Reduced stress on the job Improved time managementNancy Abdelmoteleb created pink ribbonsfor the event.
4 The Academic Advisor ARIZONA CAMPUS MRSA AND STAPHYLOCOCCUS AND STREPTOCOCCUS - OH MY!!! HALLOWEEN FUN! On 10/29 we had a pumpkin carving contest where the students proudly displayed their artistic skills. WHO DO YOU THINK WON?? The Arizona Medical Assistant program gave a fantastic LiveStream presentation about the importance of proper hand washing as well as ECG interpretation and procedure skills. OR Q&AOur first group of MA students are in theirlast module and are preparing for theirinternships.HOW DO THEY FEEL ABOUT THE NEXT THREE EXCITING MONTHS?“What I am looking forward to most in myinternship is the feeling of actually being onthe floor and putting my practice to work.”-Tanahiry Acosta“I am about to take a step further into myfuture.”-Eddie Acosta“I look forward to the challengingdifferences from emergency care to officecare. It’s going to be fun.”-Ed Cole
5 The Academic Advisor BROOKLYN CAMPUS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SUCCESS! HEALTHY LIVING CLUB CORNER Students of the 8/13/12 start date put 10 INEXPENSIVE HEALTHY SNACKS on a fantastic presentation which #1 - Pumpkin seeds $0.27 (1/2 ounce) brought awareness to Domestic #2 - Plain popcorn $0.34 (1 cup) Violence. There was a song #3 - Boiled eggs $0.38 each performance, personal survivor #4 - Banana $0.40 each stories, a monologue, and a skit. #5 - Whole orange juice $0.40 (8 fl. oz) #6 - Plain yogurt $0.48 (8 ounces) It was both educational and emotional #7 - Raw carrots $0.49 (1/2 cup) for those present. They also had a #8 - Raw broccoli $0.75 (1/2 cup) wall of inspiration where students and #9 - Granny smith apple $0.80 each staff alike could share words of #10 - All bran cereal $0.88 (1/2 cup) encouragement. Along with their mentor, Ms. Tanisha Williams, the Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost you an students raised over $150 which was arm and a leg! then matched by MA student Maria Chawla. All proceeds will be donated.Upcoming StoriesSo you like healthcare… So you like helping people… So you’re an MA, MIBC, or NA student…Our news letter is looking for a few good authors.Have an idea for a story? Want to discuss a current issue? Send your story to one of the contacts below:Ms. Conteh (Brooklyn) Kadi.Conteh@allenschool.eduMr. Callman (Jamaica) Howard.Callman@online.allenschool.eduDr. Gotto (Online) Jamie.Gotto@online.allenschool.eduDr. Hunt (Arizona) Libby.Hunt@online.allenschool.edu
6 The Academic Advisor ONLINE CAMPUSLOOK AT WHAT ALLEN SCHOOL ONLINE STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES…Notice that each has given credit to their instructors and classwork. We’d love to hear from you,too. If you’d like to share your story and inspire your classmates, email Dr. Gotto atJamie.firstname.lastname@example.org “I am in Sanjay [Paul]s Career Development class this module. We were to post our resume on 2 job boards. Yesterday I posted my resume on Careerbuilder.com for a Medicare Billing position in Denver, CO. Within 2 hours of posting my resume, I had heard back from the recruiter wanting an updated resume and to post my Medicare experience, as it is required for the position. I was very excited to have them respond back to me so quickly. I would like to send a big THANK YOU to Sanjay for all he does in his class.” -Cindy McCaffrey “I passed my CPC exam!!!!!!!!!! Thank you [Deryl Gulliford] for all of your encouragement.” -Laura Tilley “I really appreciate you, Ms. Keeney. You made my return to school smooth and painless. I thank you in advance for my new career.” -Donna Tice-White, Module 1 student “The power of a good resume should never be underestimated!! I posted my resume on Career Builder.com, and a Billing and Coding firm plucked my resume from the site and called me for an interview for a billing position. I went for the interview the next day (a Friday) and before I left the office they were giving me a coding test for a coding job. Basically, I was given the choice, once we talked for a bit, to pick between a billing job or a coding job! When I checked my email upon arriving home they were asking for my references. By Wednesday, they made me a job offer for $1.00 more an hour than they committed to in the interview! All 3 of my references contacted them promptly and gave sparkling reviews of my work ethic, abilities, and character. I start the job tomorrow! To cap it off, I took the CPC certification exam on Saturday and by the end of the week I plan to be certified …This is one of the best things I have ever done for myself!!! Im proud of me, too!! My confidence is coming back… Thank you [Jenna Giancaterino] for your awesome coaching! -Cheryl Gage