ORIENTATION WEEK Stepping into St. Francis Via Christi Hospital, I had no idea of what Health Academy would be like. Nor did I know that the walk to the classroom would be a mile long down the hallways. After getting lost on the first day, getting off the wrong floor and entering the wrong classroom, everything began to get better when I realized I wasn’t the only one. The first few days were spent going over the syllabus, getting to know the rules of the hospital, and researching different careers that we had an interest in. So far a good start!
ROTATION WEEK 1: Laboratory MY FIRST ROTATION WAS AWESOME! I was in the laboratory & I loved every second of it, they packed me with information the whole time. I got to see things I wouldve never thought Id see and I got to witness situations that I never thought I would have to witness. It was an emotional roller coaster but a thrill all at once. There were parts where I wanted to cry and there were times I wanted to jump up and down in excitement. The lab may seem boring from the outside but once youre there seeing everything live and up close its actually very cool and interesting. I see them as the backstage secret agents now. :)
ROTATION WEEK 3: CathLab For third rotation I was in the Cath Lab at St. Francis. First day was boring, there were no cases until 5pm so they moved me to radiology and there I watched a sonogram of a leg and I got to leave at 2pm. SUPER BORING. Second day was awesome! I came right when they were starting a case and I got to watch an open heart intervention type thing. It was pretty cool, blood got all over the doctors scrubs and he was super funny. Everyone there is super friendly! Yay cath lab! :)
ROTATION WEEK 5: MICU For week 5 I was in the MICU. It was so intense. My nurses were so nice! It was very emotional for everyone. Day one was pretty calm, each nurse was assigned 2 patients and the 2 patients I had was a 95 year old women. She was so cute! She had a manicure and pedicure and a facial done the night before it was adorable. She was in there because she fell off a chair. The 2nd patient was a 40 year old who was the complete opposite. She was smoking all her life and she was put on so many machines I couldnt even count. She had such a hard time breathing all because of her smoking. Day 2 I had a patient that was almost about to pass.. The doctor came in and explained to the family that once his heart stops, we cant bring him back and everyone was in tears. The doctor handled it so well. Walking around the MICU makes me feel so blessed because I see everyone extremely suffering and I cant do anything about it. Overall I really enjoyed it. WOOO MICU!
ROTATION WEEK 7: 7SE This rotation I was in Transplant 6SE. I was expecting a boring nursing station but it was so fun! My nurses were hilarious and so nice. If those nurses werent there, I probably would have been miserable from boredom. But they were there so I had a blast! One of the patients was waiting for dialysis and she was testing me, asking me, "If youre not allowed to do anything but observe, then why are you even here?" and she was making me do stuff for her like brush her teeth and organize her room and make her bed. I just looked at her and did what I could . My nurse just laughed and helped me out. The 2nd patient was cussing my nurse out saying she didnt know what she was doing and how she never listens because she made him take his medicine. It was a very interesting 2 days. VERY INTERESTING. I liked it. :)
ROTATION WEEK 9: 5SE For this rotation I was in 5SE. It was pretty boring and we had a ton of down time because we only had a few major patients those 2 days but my nurse was awesome, she took full advantage of our down time. She walked me through everything she does and showed me around the whole unit and talked to me about the education it took to get there and what classes she took and all that good stuff. She had me help her with a lot of things as well! When she would help a patient, she made sure I was involved, whether it was me putting the bandaid on or just help clean a patients wound. She was very informative and told me how important it was to stay motivated and dedicated. She made me so excited and inspired and she was such a loving helpful person. Wooo! I also got to see 2 physical therapy sessions with a paralyzed patient!
ROTATION WEEK 11: OR For this rotation I was in the OR and a nursing area where the OR patients went to right after surgery. It was really cool because it wasnt as intense as I thought it would be. There was rock music and country music playing in the background and they talked to each other about what theyre going to have for dinner that night. They were really calm and there were good vibes all throughout. In the nursing area, most of the patients were sedated and still asleep from the anestesia. The nurses were so nice and everyone was really nice and fun to talk to. They let me stand at the head of one of the patients during her surgery and I got to see everything. It was awesome! The surgeon that I was with was a really big fan of Selena Gomez and he had her whole album. It was funny haha.
ROTATION WEEK 13: Labor andDelivery For this rotation I was in Labor and Delivery. One of my favorite units by far! I got to see one full natural birth. The doctors and nurses in there were telling me what was happening as it happened. They explained to me everything that was going on and made sure I understood. Such nice wonderful people. With me were also 2 other 3rd year medical students and I followed them for 2 days as well. They were so inspirational and helpful & Im so glad I got to meet them. The 2nd day there were no delieveries at all from 12-3 except for one C-section that I missed. The 2nd lady was in labor with kidney stones and she was in a ton of pain. I missed the birth cause she took to long but I got to see her amnio if I spelled that correctly.. So they took me to the NICU. Great unit and so many cute adorable babies. They all looked like little dolls. Most of them were less than 4lbs and there were some that were only 1 lb. :( But it was so quiet in there and the nurses just let me wander the unit and observe the babies by myself.
ROTATION WEEK 15: CARDIAC For this rotation I was in the Cardiac unit at St. Francis. I had the sweetest male nurse both days named Ray. He showed me around the whole unit, gave me tours, explained to me what each room is responsible for, what each patient had, and let me help out with whatever I could. During down time he would take the time to explain to me what a typical day is like for him and what he goes through. The first day it was super hectic and busy. Nurses were literally running around taking care of patients, phone ringing nonstop, just like what you would normally see on tv. The second day it was very calm and a lot of patients got to go home. Overall, I enjoyed my rotation.
ROTATION WEEK 16: 7SE For my last rotation I was at 7SE. The nurse I had was very helpful and kind. She walked me through everything and explained to me what she was doing. She kept trying to talk me into becoming a nurse because she enjoyed it so much. One of her patients had an apnea episode where he would stop breathing for a matter of time and the nurses had to keep shaking him and screaming his name to bring him back. No one knew what was going on so the nurse called the doctor, the EKG person, another nurse and the "rapid team" to come help and it still took awhile for them to realize what was happening. It was scary because the nurses were sweating prefusely. Especially the male nurses. Overall, I enjoyed my rotation at 7SE and I ended Health Academy with a good and eventful rotation at a nursing station.
Career List: OB/GYN obstetrics and gynecology; are the two surgical–medical specialties dealing with the female reproductive organs in their pregnant and non-pregnant state, respectively, and as such are often combined to form a single medical specialty and postgraduate training program. This combined training prepares the practicing OB/GYN to be adept at the surgical management of the entire scope of clinical pathology involving female reproductive organs, and to provide care for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients. As physicians, they are licensed to use a wide variety of treatment and may write prescriptions. In addition to completing the requirements for a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, psychiatrists must complete an intensive three year residency in psychiatry. To prepare for this I need to maintain a solid GPA and obtain a Bachelors associates degree, then 4 years of medical school, psychiatric residency, and fellowship training.
NICU or Pediatric Nurse The area that I am most interested in has to be the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because growing up, I’ve always watched what I call the “baby channel” on TLC and ever since I could remember, all I wanted to do was be a Registered neonatal nurse or a Registered Pediatric Nurse. The feeling of changing lives every day is so fulfilling and every day is a surprise so one would never know what to expect. To do so, I would have to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree. I would have to graduate from a nursing program and would have to pass a national licensing exam. In the meantime, volunteering in a hospital and doing practices would help me gain experience to get into these programs. Registered nurses also often direct LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and communicate with treating physicians An LPN-to-RN certificate program generally requires 30 credits for completion. RN diploma programs take 2-3 years to complete and are generally offered through hospitals. Some students specialize in an area of study, such as cardiology, pediatrics, obstetrics or psychiatric nursing. RN diploma programs are occasionally offered online, with students completing clinical practices at a local facility. Graduates of an RN diploma program are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Graduates of nursing diploma programs are qualified for RN positions in outpatient and inpatient facilities. Specific job titles including home health care nurse, staff nurse, nurse-midwife, Pediatric nurse, ambulatory care nurse, all in which I’m interested in.
Child Psychologist Children these days have more problems and cases of depression than ever before. I would love to be the person that children go to when they need help or just someone to listen and show that they care. Like the Occupational Outlook Handbook says, “Psychologists study the human mind. They also try to explain why people act as they do.” The human mind is so astonishing to me and just being able to learn more deeply into the subject and being able to understand how one’s mind works is overwhelming. Licensed psychologists must earn a Ph.D. in psychology. Admission to graduate programs is usually dependent on the quality of undergraduate performance in a psychology major. Clinical psychologists must complete a two-year supervised internship after earning their doctorate and pass oral and written state qualifying exams. School psychologists must earn at least a masters degree. It is recommended that students should prepare for a career in psychology by taking the most challenging (AP or IB) high school courses available, especially in English and science.
Allopathic physician;Pediatrician The last career that I am super interested in is Allopathic physician. These specialties include being a Pediatrician, which is my life long goal in life. To prepare for this it is recommended to take the highest courses of class available in schooling such as AP course of course, after three or four years of college, prospective physicians must attend medical school. Undergraduate requirements for admission to all medical schools include one year of basic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of biology, and one year of physics, followed by a yearlong hospital internship, then undertake a 3 year residency. Being in Health Academy is such an honor and a blessing and I know it will help me so much in keeping me motivated and continue to further my knowledge and move me towards the right direction to get me to where I want to go in life.
Dr. Singhs Lecture Reflection Dr. Signh Dr. Signh is a very inspirational person because he strongly believes in our success and he wants each and every one of us to be successful. He understands that we still have a long way but everyone has to start somewhere one way or another. He has a Ph. D in the subject of biology and that takes a ton of motivation to achieve. What I put into this class is what I will get out of this class. I will leave this class with more opportunities and drive in fulfilling my career because he is expanding my options and letting me seek deeper into different careers. So far, the speakers that we have had were phenomenal. A few of them were over respiratory therapy, dentistry, and Radiology. Megaret Trumpp came and spoke to us about respiratory therapy and she gave us a ton of information. She even told us about the program they have available at Newman and gave us all handouts. I never thought about this career and never had an interest in it until she spoke to us. Now, I have an interest for this career and I look forward into learning more about respiratory therapy. She told us about their annual salary, what a day is like in the life of a respiratory therapist, what the education is like and all the courses we need to achieve this career. Megaret was very helpful and if it was not for Dr. Singh, I would never have gotten to even know about this option for a career path.
Another speaker was Dr. Mark Troilo over dentistry and this speaker was very intriguing as well. He buried us in information as to what the career is like, what his daily life is like and the education it took to get to where he is. He was very honest in telling us that it is not an easy process. It proves that they truly want what is best for us and they strive to expand our options and to lead us down the right path in life. Dr. Troilo explained the different colleges he recommends for dentist school and he even gave us some facts on dentistry as well. He touched both negatives and positives on this career and that was a big plus.
Shelly Forensic DNA Analysis in High Profile Shelly’s presentation on Forensic DNA Analysis was very intriguing. I never even knew this career existed until her speech. I believe what she does is such an amazing job, it is so unique and it is such a privilege. Every forensic autopsy, death of public interest, suicide and accidental case is what she deals with. She said it took many years of schooling for her to get to where she is now but I wouldn’t doubt it because it was definitely worth it. Shelly explained there are different ranges within her job. Such as Pathology, Pathology Assistants, Forensic Science Laboratories, Medical Investigators, and finally what she does, Biology DNA. Pathology assistants do all the work when it comes to cutting the body, removing brains, releasing organs, etc. Medical Investigators are the ones that are called to the scene. They also get what is called “property of the corner” as well. They are the hard drug investigators and test the equipment such as discovering which bullet came from where and came from which gun. The process that Shelly explained was so fascinating and so strategic. Biology DNA is what Shelly does and she works a lot with cops and lawyers. She gathers DNA and blood is the best source. For every case she creates a DNA profile for evidence, to generate, and sometimes even testify with. The equipment she uses on a regular basis is microscopes, special lighting sources, all the chemistry gear and she also uses chemistry on a daily basis. The training for her or for anyone else coming into the job in this career field is 6 months before one can even get their first case. She got the privilege of being able to work on the BTK case and it took over a year for her to investigate. Her process was to generate a profile, issue a report, and explain her findings then finally to testify. Overall, I think her job is extremely fascinating and is such an amazing opportunity to be able to work in such an intriguing place. I believe it takes a certain someone to pursue such a job but it is definitely worth it.
Dr. Reichenberger Veterinarian If you like animals and science then being a vet would be the perfect career for you. Veterinarians should love animals and be able to get along with their owners. Veterinarians need to also graduate from an accredited college of veterinary medicine and a State license are required; admission to veterinary school is competitive but job opportunities should be excellent even when about 80% of vets work in a private practice. Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. Specifically, they care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, and laboratories. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening our knowledge of animals and medical science, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge. Most veterinarians diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery, and advise owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding. Veterinarians who work with food animals or horses usually drive to farms or ranches to provide veterinary services for herds or individual animals. These veterinarians test for and vaccinate against diseases and consult with farm or ranch owners and managers regarding animal production, feeding, and housing issues. They also treat and dress wounds, set fractures, and perform surgery, including cesarean sections on birthing animals. Other veterinarians care for zoo, aquarium, or laboratory animals. Veterinarians of all types euthanize animals when necessary. When treating animals, Dr. Reichenberger uses medical equipment such as stethoscopes, surgical instruments, and diagnostic equipment, including radiographic and ultrasound equipment. Some veterinarians contribute to human as well as animal health. A number of veterinarians work with physicians and scientists as they research ways to prevent and treat various human health problems. Being a Veterinarian would be an interesting job to have. You would not know what to expect every day as with any other job in this field. Dr. Reichenberger explained how he is an anesthesiologist, dentist and pharmacist all along with being a vet. I thought that was really interesting because it comes with so many different degrees and so many different talents all in one.
In conclusion, all these speakers are very motivational and they are very captivating. So far, I really enjoy this class and hearing all the different speakers. I am truly thankful for this class because it widened my career options and it answers all the questions that I may have about the medical field. Some of the careers that we learned about, I didn’t even know existed!
FUTURE PLANS For my future plan, I plan on attending WSU and plan to make my way towards medical school and succeeding.