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Utah HOSA Excels at 2016 ILC

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

2016 International HOSA Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

Ashley White and Roxy JolleyOn June 22, 2016 over 9,200 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 39th HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) and 40th Anniversary of HOSA. The Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 57 competitive events, 147 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 240 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday, June 21, with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, and Maddie Whittikiend attended the workshop. On Wednesday morning June 22, Utah HOSA delegates attended a breakfast buffet and country line dancing instruction at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon, led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Jennifer Duenas, Emma Wood, Naomi Pruett, Dereck Tolua, Sheila De La Cruz, Vismaya Khakar, Ellie Siddoway, Maddie Olsen, Maddie Whittikiend).

Dr. Vivek MurthyThe conference officially began Wednesday evening when the delegates were treated to an amazing speech by VADM Vivek Murthy, M.D., the U.S. Surgeon General, who reminded delegates, “We need to step up even when we don’t think it is our responsibility.” He also asked the delegates to “identify anchors in Brad Montaguetheir lives and thank them, reminding them that the anchors are those people who help you and remind you of your dreams.”

The keynote speaker was Brad Montague, creator of Kid President, who reminded the delegates that they need to be “awesome,” to be “more child-like in the world,” and to remember that the “best forms of contagions include joy, hope, and love.”

Both speakers received rousing standing ovations for their amazing words to the delegates.

Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday, June 25, included a sight-seeing to the Nashville Parthenon, the Johnny Cash Museum, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Saturday evening was Grand Awards Ceremonies for both the postsecondary/collegiate and secondary divisions!

We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers who participated and excelled at the conference. A warm thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference, but spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA chapter advisors for their continued support of Utah HOSA. We would also like to thank our Utah HOSA scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah – who help our members with their healthcare career aspirations.

Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!

View the list of competition results, recognitions, and highlights HERE.

Max BrckoUtah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 83 chapters in both high schools and colleges/universities throughout the state with a membership over 3,600. The Career and Technical Education department at the Utah State Board of Education supports Utah HOSA. The Health Science specialist is Rachel Bolin.

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HOSAHOSA – Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization operating in schools for students enrolled in the health sciences and biomedical sciences programs. HOSA’s purpose is to develop leadership and technical competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which is an integral part of the instructional program. This student-led organizations provides opportunities for students to practice and refine their academic, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills to achieve a seamless transition from the classroom to career. HOSA has exceeded 202,000 members in all states (except Wyoming), Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Canada, Italy and Mexico. Since 1976, HOSA has served 2.4 million students interested in pursuing health professions. HOSA is the vital pipeline for the healthcare industry – an industry that is projected to add 5 million jobs through the year 2022, growing faster than all other professional sector.

2016 HOSA ILC: Innovate. Inspire. Ignite.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

2015-2016 State HOSA OfficersThe 2016 HOSA International Leadership Conference begins today and continues through Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 39th Annual Conference will bring together more than 9,000 delegates, advisors, and special guests from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best.

Agenda
Educational Symposium Schedule
Interactive Workshop Schedule
Conference Guide | PDF | Interactive Flip Book

Join the conference by watching the live stream.

Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app. The app is free and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Twitter: @NationalHOSA
Facebook: @NationalHOSA
YouTube: NationalHOSA
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View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Anaheim, California to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“There are many ways to ignite your HOSA passion, but the ultimate way
is to join the celebration in Nashville.”
—Amit Sandhu, National HOSA President

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Never Ending Progression

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

photo 5Never ending progression, it sounds daunting, useless, and impractical. But for kids with major disabilities, this perfectly describes their life’s circumstances. I’m Whitney Boyce. In the spring of 2016 I completed a CTE Internship at Logan Regional Hospital in the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

The progression that these children accomplish in just a week or two has amazed me. I feel fortunate to have been able to experience this career field and grow to understand the patients I have observed. I have been able to follow some children, these past couple of months, and track their amazing progress. They set small goals, but it is miraculous when they achieve it. Whether it is standing for five seconds by themselves, or being able to walk at a normal pace for fifteen minutes, it is all amazing.

photo 3Because of this internship I have developed skills in patience, sympathy, and determination. These children have taught me so much about life and how to overcome challenges. While their circumstances are extreme, so is their determination. It is very evident that their progression is controlled entirely by them. Likewise, it is completely up to each of us what we accomplish. It is always so discouraging when a child comes in for their appointment and they simply have no desire to work that day. I have seen one boy go from only walking three steps to walking the distance of the room by himself in only two weeks. On the other hand, I have seen a boy sit on a bench with his lip out and his arms folded during the entire appointment. Physical strength and development is a lot of pressure to put on small children, but pediatric physical therapy makes this feat more manageable for the child and parents.

As I pursue a career in pediatrics I will often look to this experience for guidance. This career offers a lot of what I am looking for in my future career. As I continue in this internship I may find that it offers exactly what I want. BreeAnn Allred, the therapist, has taught me so much and has been extremely willing to answer every question. We often spend fifteen minutes after a patients [appointment] discussing them and their progression. I also appreciate every single child I have been able to observe and work with. They push me every day and have forced me to do a lot of things out of my comfort zone. I hope after this internship I will continue to push myself to reach out to others and grow from their experiences and my own.

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Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Meet Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti: Future Nurse

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti (HS)“Taking the certified nursing assistant class at Granite Technical Institute has really helped me understand the background of nursing and has increased my desire of wanting to become a nurse. In the CNA class I learned many skills. Most importantly I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life and care for them in the ways I would want my loved ones to be cared for.

“It’s a requirement for many RN programs to have your CNA before applying to nursing school. I’m glad that CTE gave me the chance to complete that requirement while in high school. The CTE courses I have taken have prepared me for my future by giving me the privilege to become trained in two areas related to my dream career and finding out that I really like it.

“My personal goal is to attend Weber State University. After completing the RN nursing program I will work part-time as a nurse and continue going to school to get my BSN.”

—Marie Chantal Niwenshuti, Taylorsville High School

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UtahCTE.org congratulates Marie Chantal on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Weber State University. Marie Chantal was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Ice and Ibuprofen

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

CaptureIt was the winter of my junior year when it all changed. Well, when I say it all changed, I mean my outlook on my future career as an athletic trainer. This change occurred when I was able to participate in the Work-Based Learning course. This course taught me the basis of becoming an adult. [I learned] responsibility, work ethics, and if I wrote down everything I have had the opportunity to learn more about, it would take at least five full pages.

My name is Makayla Esplin. I completed a CTE Internship at Intermountain Sports Medicine in the field of athletic training. I’m pursuing a career in sports medicine and this internship helped me realize what that career path entails. Some days it’s bustling with athletes and other days it’s a ghost town. Football season is the most meticulous and laborious, while in stark comparison basketball is the slowest.

This internship gave me the opportunity to develop skills in the field such as wrapping and taping detriments, filing paperwork, diagnosing injuries, and so much more. I play rugby and lacrosse so needless to say I get hurt quite frequently. This internship has given me the knowledge of how to avoid getting injured while I’m playing.

I feel fortunate to have been able to see athletic training in action, have hands-on experience in the field, meet and develop relationships with Travis Jackson and other athletes. As I head to college, I will be able to look back at this opportunity and it will help motivate me to graduate with my degree.

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Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

The Endless Possibilities of Making a Difference in the Medical Field

Monday, February 29th, 2016

By Laura Sofia Ortega

Laura Sophia Ortega photoThe first CTE class I enrolled in was medical terminology. I was surprised how much fun this class was! We would do hands-on activities to visualize the information we were taught. I also went to many activities at the University of Utah, including Future Doctors and Advancing Youth in Medical Education.

My junior year I enrolled in a medical anatomy and physiology, where we went in-depth [learning] the functions of the body. My instructor organized a field trip with her anatomy and physiology professor at Utah State University to visit their cadaver lab. This experience was such a great [addition] to this CTE course.

Laura Sophia Ortega photo 2I also attended the Health Career Summer Camp at St. Mark’s Hospital. I never thought I would be interested in surgery. They allowed us to go into the surgery rooms and perform a mini-demo with real surgical tools and technology. I also talked with nurses which helped me realize that I want to become a nurse.

This year I am a medical assisting student that will be starting my externship in the Pediatric Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital. I know that being a medical assistant will help me become the best nurse I can be. I plan on attending the University of Utah to become a nurse.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken these classes because they have expanded my vision, by showing me the endless possibilities of making a difference in the medical field.

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Nursing is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Nursing Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

My Chosen Career Path

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Kash Allen photo 2Cancer, cysts, and lipomas are things that most people will probably only experience a few times in their lives. I’m Kash Allen and I am able to observe and learn about each of these every day of the week, thanks to the Work-Based Learning program.

Whether it’s seeing half of somebody’s cheek folded off their face, or the top of their nose wide open, for the purpose of removing cancer, not only do I get to view this, but I get to see how these lesions are treated. Dr. Nathan Hanson, located in Logan, Utah, is a highly respected dermatologist who has a thriving business and I feel very lucky to be his shadow, as I intern during my senior year of high school. As an aspiring anesthesiologist, I love this opportunity to be able to work side-by-side someone in the medical field, and gather information regarding my chosen career path.

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Surgical Technician is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Surgical Technician Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

I’m Planning on Pursuing a Career in Physical Therapy

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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You just had a tendon removed from your leg, so how will your body be able to function properly? Physical Therapy. I’m Kylee Woodward. I completed a CTE Internship at Preston Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to not only see, but experience what physical therapists do on a daily basis. Due to the variety of injuries and patients each day is never the same. I also developed skills in connecting with people. Each patient is different, so you must find diverse ways to motivate that person so they can achieve relief. I have found that those who recovered quickly were the ones who established relationships with the employees. They came in every day wanting to work hard and improve from the day before.

I’m planning on pursuing a career in physical therapy. This internship helped me know exactly what it’s like, and I loved everything about it. As I head to college I will remember everything I enjoyed about physical therapy. It will make pursuing my career worth it.

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Physical Therapy (Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise) is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

 

This CTE Internship Has Prepared Me for Life After High School

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Brittany Kadleck photoBy Brittany Kadleck

My life changed the day I started my CTE Internship at Howe Dental. From the very first day I felt something special while being in that office. The day I met my mentor, Pat, was the first time I got to watch someone in action, completing the skills and tasks I told myself I would one day like to do. I loved it. I loved watching and I loved learning. It wasn’t long before Pat exceeded my expectations.

I expected most of my internship to be observing, but it was much more. Pat taught me everything she did. She made it a learning opportunity. She explained what she was doing and why she was doing it. She explained terms, that I am sure are simple vocabulary to her, that I would have never known. She gave me teeth sheets to help me study the terms she used when talking about places on a tooth. She spent a lot of our free time explaining the best ways to get in the hygiene program in college. Pat did not just answer my questions, but she provided me with a visual way to learn. I learned so much about the human mouth, and learned so much about the tools used in a dental office to clean teeth.

Along with all of the learning I also made a lot of friends. Everyone was so welcoming. Even though I was well below everyone in knowledge and skill I still felt a part of their team. That was something I never expected to get out of this internship. It changed my life. It helped me make so many decisions that I was struggling with about my future.

Because of my internship, I plan to look for a job as a dental assistant in the summer. I plan to start my fall semester at Weber State University and get a degree in dental hygiene. Hopefully, with all of my careful planning and hard work I can get accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program in 2017.

This internship has prepared me for life after high school more than anything else. I have loved it. I have especially loved spending it at Howe Dental. They have an incredible staff, and a brilliant dentist. Which is why I have switched dentists and I can’t wait to go back for my cleaning.

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Dental is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Share a Smile

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Kelsie Jessop photo 2On days that seem gloomy, or when things don’t seem to be going your way, there is always that one thing that can turn dark clouds of gray into bursting rays of sunshine. A smile. One smile can make all the difference. So why not go into a career like dental hygiene, so you too can help others achieve that one smile they can share with the world?

I’m Kelsie Jessop. I completed a CTE Internship at Cherry Creek Dental in the field of dental hygiene. Because of this experience, I was able to witness what a day-to-day lifestyle would be like in a dental office. Having wonderful patient interaction, great relationships with coworkers, a great family orientated work schedule, and also a great salary, are all advantages of a career in dental hygiene that would satisfy my needs.

Dental hygiene isn’t necessarily a glamorous job, but definitely rewarding. I feel fortunate to have been able to intern at Cherry Creek Dental. They were willing to give me the hands-on experience and I was able to assist Dolsae, a dental assistant, in cleaning the rooms after patient visits were finished. I also had the opportunity to polish and floss patients’ teeth, with their permission, while Heidi, a dental hygienist, observed. With some practice and a college degree, I know that one day I will be happy to succeed in pursuing this career choice.

Not only did the staff [help] me with hands-on experience, they were also very cooperative in answering questions I had and giving me the best advice about college. Alexandra, a dental hygienist, was extremely benevolent in supporting my decision to go to college and getting into the Weber Dental Hygiene Program, even though it would be difficult, competitive, and stressful, it would be worth it.

As I head to college and pursue a career as a dental hygienist, I will never forget what or who helped me take the first steps toward this profession. The staff at Cherry Creek Dental prepared me in the most beneficial way. I now have confidence in myself that I too can be a dental hygienist. I can help others achieve that one smile they share with the world.

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Dental is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success