Over spring break, eight nursing students from Moraine Park’s West Bend campus, along with their adviser, Mary Krieger, traveled to New Orleans. During the trip they toured Ochsner Medical Center, world renown for performing transplant surgeries.
It also was the only hospital that survived Hurricane Katrina without flooding, and was able to stay open and meet the health care needs of the city.
“I believe attainment of soft skills are vital to the success of our graduating Moraine Park Technical College students,” said Ronaldo Cordeiro M.S., Allied Health Academic Advisor.
Why? Well, he thinks of it this way:
Washington County hosted a Career Fair on Thursday, March 16, 2017, for local high schools geared for students in their junior year. Many students were interested in learning about the Nursing, Nursing Assistant and Surgical Technology programs that are offered at Moraine Park Technical College.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Nationally, healthcare organizations are seeking medical assistants and most are requiring certification.
Many factors combine to create a driving force for an increased demand for medical assistants who have current CMA (AAMA) certification.
I am sure you have all heard about the increased demand for healthcare workers in our community, so there is no better time to look at Moraine Park and consider a potential career path in healthcare.
Here’s 10 interesting facts about healthcare careers and our training here at Moraine Park:
Kim Thrane, RN, and Megan Limbach, RN, recently visited Moraine Park’s Complex Health Alterations 1 classroom in Fond du Lac.
They are recent graduates from the West Bend campus nursing program and successful NCLEX exam passers.
Faculty member, Heather Evenson, MSN, RN, reached out to past students via social media to come and speak to the class and share their “tips and tricks” for success in the rigorous nursing program.
Nettie Jenkins from Flight for Life Fond du Lac Base recently ran a course I organized for our students that gave them hands-on experience about heart and lungs. To do so, our students dissected and examined pig hearts and lungs.
Now, if a picture is worth a thousand words, for those with a weak stomach, the one that might come to mind first is “yuck” when glancing through the images below.
But, truthfully, the words that should resonate most are “life-saving” and “learning.”
Currently, I have 7 students at clinical sites practicing to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). Working in the MLT field, body fluids – primarily blood – is tested to help the physicians with treatment plans and diagnosis for their patients. This is an exciting time for MLT students; now they see how their didactic studies at Moraine Park support the work that is done in a clinical lab.
It is exciting for me as well!