ORIENTATION WEEK Introduction of Mrs. Clarke-Hang and learned a little about each other. Speeches from Kim Frangenberg and Security of the hospital. - Discussed where to park - Rules of the hospital - HIPPA rules Tour of St. Joseph and St. Francis hospitals. Newman University Course: Medical Terminology. - Testing was given and online testing dates and times werediscussed
ROTATIONS We went on rotations twice a week to a different unit of the hospital each week. After going to the rotations we had to write thank you letters, have mentors fill out a form, and blog about the rotation online. St. Joseph and St. Francis were the two hospitals that we went to on our rotations.
THANK YOU LETTERS After each week of rotation another part of our class work time involved writing thank you letters to the person we shadowed. We had to write 5 professional letters and make 5 hand written thank you letters. A total of 16+ thank you letters were written.
BLOGS After our rotations we had to write blogs over what we experienced during our rotation and had to comment on two other people’s blogs to receive full credit. This process allowed to be informed on what we would experience and it allowed us to share our experience without violating HIPPA laws.
ROTATION 1: GENERAL MEDICAL General Medical is very bland. The nurse that I followed around with was a total sweetheart! She is excellent at what she does and is very understanding. But the 7th floor is where the patients come after surgery. I went to some rooms with older gentlemen. Every single one of them had their own story to tell. The first day of rotations I was not scared or nervous at all. I marched on up their and found my nurse. We walked through all her patients rooms to check up on them. I underwent seeing A LOT of medicine and shots being given to the patients to put them out of their pain. It was very interesting unit to see but i dont think this will be my field that I want to go into.
ROTATION 2: GENERAL SURGERY General Surgery is the floor that the patients go to after and before their surgery. The nurses that I had to floor were kind of grouchy and rude. But there were other nurses to make-up for their lack of enjoyment for their occupation. I underwent seeing A LOT of drugs being handed out to the patients because they were all in pain. Personally General Surgery is not a floor I would recommend of going into, unless you enjoy giving drugs out to all the patients. The floor was slow so I hardly saw anything.
ROTATION 4: CATH. LAB DIAGNOSTICS My 4th week of rotation was very interesting.. I went to the Cath. Lab Diagnostics. On the first day I was actually able to be in the procedure room with the patient, doctor, and nurses. It was very cool being there up close and seeing everything. But putting catheters in people arent really that big of a procedure. The doctor just put a like-wire thing inside the person to insert the catheters which is only a tiny hole in the groin area. The second day did not consist of much, I sat with the monitor (which is the one who records what happens within the procedure room). Depending on the day and how many procedures are scheduled that day, the Cath. Lab Diagnostics is actually very interesting.
ROTATION 4: EMERGENCY ROOM I went to the ER this rotation. It was very interesting! I loved it! They sent me to Triage where the patients get evaluated. There were some crazy patients that came in. Others came in for random things that they could have gone to the clinic for instead.
ROTATION 6: MICU Rotation 6 dealt with the MICU... It was kind of boring the first day. I didn’t really see much because the nurses were slow. The second day back to the MICU was even better. I was assigned to a nurse. He had 2 patients that he was looking after. The patients kidneys were failing due to alcohol, their skin and eyes were literally yellow. The other patient was quite a character! This person was CRAZY! but mentally stable when there was someone else in the room with them. So the MICU was a really neat place to go when you have the interesting patients!
LECTURES For part of the class, every Fridays we would go to Newman University and listen to 2 speakers each Friday. The speakers were very informational and helpful on learning about what I’m wanting to go into.
LECTURE 1 – CLINT STUCKY OT Clint Stucky was quite a character when we first walked into his class. He discussed the basis of Occupational Therapy. People with a physical disability can have spinal cord injuries, and stroke, head injuries. Psychiatric disabilities which deal with mental illness, and there are development disabilities which deal with down syndrome and ADHD. There are 3 areas of concern which are self-care, work, and play. OTs can work in several different places such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and homes. With children they work with children who can not write or are having a hard time learning. OTs work with all age groups and prescribe "adaptive equipment" to the patients. OT is different from physical and speech therapy because the Occupational Therapy only deals with everything in between the atoms apple and the belly button. Speech deals with everything from the atoms apple on up and the physical therapy works with the belly button on down. An Occupational Therapist needs a masters degree which will allow a person to evaluate the patients, responsible for making a plan and goal, learning how to discharge patients, can perform all Occupational Therapy traits, and treatments on all the patients. The job outlook for the this profession is quite stronger than Physical Therapy, there is more of a demand as the baby boomers are getting older and they will need to be replaced once they decide to retire. Once they are retired they will need their knees and joints
LECTURE 2 -TERESA VETTER NURSING NU Teresas speech over the nursing program was very interesting. Specially since Im considering going into Nursing. The speech consisted of information about how a person can work in a hospital, home, clinic, and etc. A person needs a wide range of skills and be able to work at a short notice. A nurse should always have the question, "Did I make an impact on the person?" should always be on a persons mind while assisting the patient. A person interested in the nursing field should have an interest in science, math, helping people, life long learning, fast paced, and team member orientated. The U.S Department of Labor estimates that we will be short 500,000 to 1,000,000 nurses in the next 20 years. The nurse schooling can be a Bachelors, Masters, or a doctors. Its proven fact that patients get a better care from a person who has gotten a BSN rather than an Associates degree. What a person might want to look for in a program for nursing is the curriculum, classroom size, and the clinical. Make sure ones morals and values agree with the schools mission and philosophy of the university and the program. Being alert at all times and having the constant urge to learn new things are the main key things to being a nurse
LECTURE 3 - DR. GREG REICHBERGER VET. Dr. Greg Reichberger is the owner of West Wichita Pet Clinic. He went to Bishop Carroll in 1983, Newman University in 1987, and then graduated from Kansas State University with a doctor degree in Veterinary Medicine Degree. He worked in a small and large animal practice from 1992 until 1995. A year later he opened West Wichita Pet Clinic in 1996. He stated being in the profession of Veterinary a person is allowed to work with all kinds of medicine all wrapped up in one profession. About 15 to 20 thousand Veterinarian in the United States, the amount of Veterinarians is on the rise. The economy is tough on the whole profession and not that many people want to bring their animals in. The big thing that is coming about is the diet prescriptions, the main one is the Hillside Diet which made the feeding of the animal in a correct diet. Anything in the medical field is constantly changing. Within the last 15 to 20 years the advancement of the treating of animals have changed. With treating the animals is a trial and error process. In the size of dogs they have 42 teeth and cats have 32 teeth. Teeth are a very important thing to look for because large amounts of plague build up in between the teeth and will become infected on the animals. Being a veterinarian is a number one profession because there are always something else that a person can do and it is always constantly changing.
LECTURE 4 - DR. SHELLY STEADMAN FORENSIC BIOLOGIST DNA ANALYST Dr. Shelly Steadman came and spoke to us about being a Forensic Biologist DNA Analyst. She went to Newman University and got a degree in Microbiology. She’s been in this field of work for about 14 years and within her work life her biggest case was examining DNA that came from BTK. She has worked in 4-6 facilities and stated that science and technology are always changing. She works in a crime lab and doesn’t really work the law enforcement. But her line of work is in the same building as the coronary and once the body comes in contact with the coroner it’s in their possession until they obtain all the DNA information from the specimen. Forensics labs consist of Pathology (Forensic Pathology, Pathology Assistant, and Medical Investigation). Forensic Science Laboratories are Toxicology, Drug ID. Trace Evidence, Fire Arms/Tool marks, and Biology DNA. Biology DNA’s do not go to the crime scene but simply work on the information that is brought to them into the lab. They examine the DNA particles and figure out where the information is coming from. Blood is a rich source for DNA as well as skin cells. Dr. Steadman’s biggest case in her life consisted of examining DNA from BTK. BTK made a mistake of getting caught. He asked the media if he could send his information on a floppy disc. So he did and they dug deeper into the floppy discs memory and obtain the information of a Dennis Rader out of Park City, Kansas. The law enforcement got involved and asked the biological daughter for a pap smear. The law enforcement found out the information was positive and went for 9 search warrants and arrested him. Simple little DNA that is left behind can be a huge crack in a case. Example would be like a burglary that left behind a pair of gloves had his fingerprints in the gloves. There was also a man who wore a swimming cap, gloves and raped a woman but glove got caught in his zipper and a piece ripped off and the DNA was in that piece of latex. DNA is given to a person 23 to 23 ratio. Each person consists of 46 different DNA cells and each parent gives DNA to their child.
LECTURE 5 - MARGARET TRUMPP RESPIRATORY THERAPY Margaret Trumpp was a Respiratory Therapy instructor. She was very informational. Respiratory Therapist are the most critical team members that diagnosis, treat, and educate patients about Respiratory Therapy. The environment is a fast paced and doesnt stay the same. There are statics that lung disease is on the rise. Since there is a high demand for Respiratory Therapist the salaries are rising as well to stay up with the demand. They work in all areas of the hospital, outpatient to inside an office. The patients ages range from babies all the way to older patients who have breathing disabilities. The students that freshly get out of schooling go into the hospital setting but then will go into diagnostic offices, patients homes, children hospitals, and clinics. The job requires the person to be a people person. Respiratory is a dynamic, high-tech, high-touch, allied health profession. The nurses and doctors are usually to busy so a worker who brought up the oxygen began to teach an informal class and that is how Respiratory got started and has boomed since then. The Respiratory Therapy really didnt come about until the 60s and the 70s. Respiratory really focuses on the heart, lungs, and the kidneys. The Respiratory Therapists work under a physician and assist in the evaluating and treatment of the patient from premature infant to the elderly. The U.S. Department of Labor has an employment growth of 21% through the year of 2018 and salary about $52,200. The Therapists stay busy in the winter and graduates always get a job. This would be a great profession to go into specially if you have the higher chance of having a job right as you get out of college.
CAREER LISTRegistered Nurse Registered nurses are active in hospitals. Registered nurses are the largest healthcare occupation with 2.6 million jobs. Job opportunities are always accessible and obtainable. A registered nurse has to undergo achieving a bachelor’s degree, an associates and a diploma from approved nursing program. A BSN takes 4 years to complete, and an ADN takes 2 to 3 years. Students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology and other behavioral sciences and nursing. Most RNs start as staff nurses in hospitals, with experience and good performance, often move to other settings or are promoted to positions with more responsibility. I must pass a national licensing examination in order to obtain a nursing license. Any nursing for advanced practice nurses require a master’s degree. My opinion: I prefer to be a Registered nurse because you have a chance of being in different parts of the hospital. You can be in all different parts of the hospital. I enjoy helping all certain age groups but I do well with older and baby ages. I love always being active and not having slow days. One goal and reason why I want to be a registered nurse is because my Aunt was a registered nurse until she found out she had cancer and was at the age of retirement. She is one of my role models and has taught me how to sacrifice and learn to love taking care of people who are in need of help.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST PTs are healthcare professionals, who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages. They help treat injuries that limit patient’s abilities to move and perform functional activities. Physical therapists learn about their patient’s condition and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Positions are in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private offices. PT profession requires a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited physical therapy program. Physical therapist education programs include foundational science courses, such as biology, anatomy, physiology, cellular histology, exercise physiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology/imaging, as well as behavioral science courses, such as evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning. The undergraduate courses that are useful when one applies to a physical therapist education program are anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, social science, mathematics, and statistics. Before granting admission, many programs require volunteer experience in the physical therapy department of a hospital or clinic. My opinion: I tore my ACL in between the summer of my 7th and 8th grade year. I had to undergo physical therapy to strengthen my leg. Physical therapy is a neat study of the human body and muscles. It is amazing how quickly a muscle deteriorates when not in use. Tearing my ACL was the most painful thing that I have had to go through in my life, but it was the most interesting conflict. Being a physical therapist would be something I love the most. The human body fascinates me and being a physical therapist I will learn how it works and performs in an everyday schedule.
NEONATAL NURSE Neonatal nurses who devote their skills to newborns that need specialized care. Neonatal refers to the first 28 days of life. Requirements are practice skills to assess nurses’ abilities in using medications, math calculations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and other knowledge needed for direct patient care. Education is either a 2 to 4 year period. Register as registered nurse and then go into further studies of neonatal. There is no special program for neonatal nursing in basic RN education. After I graduate and have obtained some experience as an RN in a neonatal intensive care unit, (recommended two years) I want to consider going to graduate school to become a neonatal nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. My opinion: The human life already fascinates me as is. Birthing and anything that is involved with having a baby is exciting to me. Being able to give life to a child is fantastic, but being able to be the one who was involved with bringing the child into the world is even better. I want to be the one who helps the mother and father stay calm and know that I’m here for them when the time comes for the baby. Also with me being a girl, I would have a better incite and understanding of the female reproductive system so therefore it would be easier trying to explain to the mother what to expect.
DENTAL HYGIENIST Dental Hygienists work on teeth, educate their patients on how to take care of their teeth, and prevent further damage to them. Examination of the patients gums, teeth, and recording the information in their medical chart is part of the required job. Dental Hygienists use an assortment of tools to perform their jobs. High school diploma and college entrance test scores are required for the dental hygiene program. Need personal recommendations from teachers, or people in the community. Some require a certain level of computer literacy. High school students should take courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Some programs also require applicants to have completed at least one year of college. Specific entrance requirements vary from one school to another. Private practices only require an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene. I have to be licensed by the state that I will practice in. I will have to pass written and clinical exams. My opinion: If I went into a entry level term I would go into the field of being a dental hygienist because I have a favorite hygienist that I always gone to when I get my teeth cleaned. She is very understanding and works well with me when I go in for a checkup. She is a great role model, mother, and hygienist. She has impacted and influenced my opinion about going into the medical field. My hygienist is patient and has in the past described parts of her job to me which opened my view on the medical field, just not in one category. If I were to go into the dental hygiene field, it would be because of my hygienist that I have. I would like to be in her position and impact someone else’s’ life like she has mine.
FUTURE PLANSAfter Graduation from Bishop Carroll my future plans and goals will be attending Butler County Community College go into the Nursing program and then continue my education at Wichita State University.
FINAL REFLECTIONThe Health Academy is about wrapped up.I’m sad that it’s over with but excited at thesame time. Im ready to take what Ivelearned and apply it to my college life. TheAcademy has given me an insight of whatto expect for the next few years of my life.I was selected from a large number ofstudents wanting to get into this programand I’m glad Mrs. Hang saw something inmy interview to select me, Im forevergrateful! I wish the best of luck to myfellow classmates .