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Utah HOSA Excels at 2015 NLC

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

Postsecondary medalistsOn June 23, 2015, over 8,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Anaheim, California for the HOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference. The Hilton Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 104 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 230 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. On Wednesday morning, Utah HOSA Delegates attended a breakfast orientation led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Omar Ramirez, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Weston Lee, Dereck Tolua, Sadie Bird, Angelika Briones, Montana Vonhatten).

The conference officially began Wednesday evening with the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact and Living and Dying in Brick City) was an amazing keynote speaker. He reminded students, “Those who call you nerd today will call you boss tomorrow.” He also encouraged students by saying, “When you’re this close to quitting, you’re this much closer to success.”

Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis

Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis

Thursday and Friday were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday included a sight-seeing in San Clemente and rides in Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm AND the Grand Awards Ceremonies! View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.

We would like to congratulate all of 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, and who spent so much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education’s Career and Technical Education department, 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 scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.

Utah 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 of 3,800. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education department of the Utah State Office of Education. The Health Science Specialist is Rachel Bolin.

Utah HOSA, congratulations on a successful conference!

2015-2016 State HOSA Officers

2015-­2016 State HOSA Officers
Back row, left to right:
Weston Lee, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Dereck Tuloa
Front row, left to right:
Angelika Briones, Jennifer Duenas, Omar Ramirez, Montana VonHatten

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2015 HOSA NLC: Dream – Inspire – Lead

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

state officers receiving award - most professional stateToday the 38th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Anaheim, California. More than 8,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories will join together to compete in 47 competitive events and experience HOSA at its absolute best. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations.

Join the conference by watching HERE.

>Day 1: Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. PDT
>Day 2: Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
>Day 3: Friday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. PDT
>Day 3: Friday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. PDT

View Conference Guide
Follow HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2015
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Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app. The app is free and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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.

“This year marks great strides for our organization; it will be HOSA’s 31st year of continuous growth, as we surpass the 180,000 membership mark!”

—Hugo Quezada, National HOSA President

Meet Taylar Brown: Future Nurse

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Taylar Brown“I just completed my CNA course, where I discovered a passion for both medical terminology and first aid. This led me to apply for the EMT course. I soon learned that by taking these two courses and having my CNA and EMT license, I have the potential to work in the emergency room as a CNA at a hospital. Working in an emergency room is something I have always thought would be an exciting and satisfying job. I love the idea of having to be quick on my feet and constantly thinking about what to do next. I feel that this is my passion because it fits my personality.

“By taking the CNA and EMT courses in high school, through the Career and Technical Education Therapeutic Services Nursing Pathway, I’m better prepared to enter the workforce. These courses allowed me to gain hands-on learning and on-the-job training through internships, and receive instruction from actual teachers who work in the field. I can leave high school with experience that enables me to enter the workforce in a meaningful field, as opposed to an entry-level position making minimum wage.”

—Taylar Brown, Riverton High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Taylar on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Taylar was  one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive: Mother-Infant

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

JATC_HS_IMG_2732On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state of Utah will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded mother-infant surgery, followed by a live chat with surgeons/physicians using real-time technology. In conjunction with the live broadcast, students will receive exposure to a variety of healthcare careers related to the surgery, as well as pre- and post-event curricula and activities designed to provide them with the background information they need in order to understand the surgery/procedure.

There will be eight broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers. More than 350 high school students from 15 high schools in 7 school districts, as well as physicians from Intermountain Healthcare, will participate in this event. The participating school districts are Cache, Canyons, Juab, Provo, Rich, Tooele, and Weber.

With increased confidentiality concerns, Work-Based Learning experiences have decreased in the healthcare area over the last few years. Engaging students through technology allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Rachel Decker says, “With more stringent privacy laws and regulations, it has become increasingly difficult for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. Through the Virtual Healthcare Interactive partnership, the students are able to learn about a variety of careers involved in the patient care process and then observe an operation as if they were there in the operating room. They also have the opportunity to interact with the surgeon and ask questions as they are watching the surgery. VHI allows students chances to experience an operating room and surgery that they would normally not have.”

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the U.S., employing over 18 million workers in more than 200 careers. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers by the year 2020.

CTE Internship with a Smile

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Emily Goldman photo 1b

By Emily Goldman, student at Sky View High School

My name is Emily Goldman and I had the opportunity, during the winter of 2014-2015, to complete a CTE Internship at Dr. Grays Dental Office in the field of dental assisting. I am planning to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, and this internship let me get my foot in the door and see how a dental office really is. It also helped me have a better understanding of all of the procedures and tools that are needed to run a dental office successfully. I developed so many helpful skills that will help me not only at work, but also outside of the office.

As a dental assistant I had to learn surgery steps, names and functions of tools, and the proper ways of cleaning the exam rooms. I also had to gain a very comfortable relationship with patients as well as the parents of patients, so they would have no worries of how a surgery or a cleaning would go. While waiting for the doctor I would have to keep a conversation with patients, which helped me with my social skills. I absolutely loved every minute of interning at Dr. Gray’s office, and that had a lot to do with the other dental assistants as well as the hygienists and receptionists. They were all so patient and understanding and helpful in whatever task that I was asked to do.

I am so thankful that I was able to have this chance to see if it was what I really wanted to do, and it is due to the amazing people who helped me see all the good of a dental office.

Emotional Range of Motion: The Other Side of Physical Therapy

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Blake Jordan, student at Sky View High School

Blake Jordan photo 2“One more, come on one more! Get there, get there, get there! You can do this!” The physical therapist screams at his rehabilitating patient. The final rep is completed, and thus proves the patient’s physical state has been tested and proved to be improving greatly. The patient feels great physically, and hasn’t been able to work his muscles this hard since the accident, and knows he can get back to performing the usual tasks that he was debilitated from. However, he has an extremely difficult time getting any rest in the evening. Every night he wakes up around 3:30 in the morning, screaming, and cold sweat streams from his pores. His mind replays the final stages before the accident. The desperate honking, the headlights launching towards him—at an incredibly high speed—and the closing of his eyes with no idea of what is to come next.

How absolutely horrifying would this situation be if it were you? You can recover physically, that part is the easy part compared to the long rocky road of the mental recovery. Our brains have the tendency to tie an emotionally challenging event to a certain sight or smell that is chemically tied to that specific event. This is why some smells bring back good memories, or bad memories. Or, what if you see something that reminds you of a hard time suffered years ago, it still flashes in your mind as if it was just happening again. Often physical therapists tend to stay strictly to their title, physical therapy. However, Sharik Peck is very unique, because he almost mainly concentrates on the mental side of recovery. I’ve witnessed Sharik practically blur out a bad memory by mixing chemical releases in the brain at the same time, causing the memory to not be as severe and to help the emotional state of the patient. This experience has completely changed the way I look at the study of medicine and the medical professional field.

Blake Jordan photo 3I aspire to be a doctor one day, and have taken major strides as a young 17 year old to get there. This will help me to be a more personable doctor. Granted, I’m not planning on going into physical therapy, but the lessons remain the same. All doctors should care about every single one of their patients and help them in a way that is unique to that doctor. This will create an amazing bond between doctor and patient and both will be much more relaxed and comfortable in that environment.

As I head to college, I will have already developed valuable skills in the medical field that most will not be able to say they did. I work at a doctor’s office, working on data entry and billing insurance companies to make sure revenue is generated for the clinic. That is the insurance and billing side of healthcare. I’m also interning for Sharik and seeing the one-on-one actual doctor patient experience of healthcare. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Sharik, and his wife/business partner Cheryl Peck, for granting this amazing opportunity to me and for helping me develop valuable skills in the healthcare world. I’m Blake Jordan. In the winter of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Maximum Function Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.

My CTE Internship Experience

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

NiKelle Brown, a student at Richfield High School, participated in a CTE Internship at Barnett Orthodontics as part of the Work-Based Learning Program at her high school. Below NiKelle tells about her internship experience.

“I interned at Barnett Orthodontics as an assistant in training. I basically shadowed the office assistants and learned from them. I learned so much from this opportunity!

NiKelle Brown“I started out by scanning models and impressions, sterilizing instruments, and stocking patient units along with many other little jobs that keep things running smoothly. Eventually I was given the unique opportunity to actually work on patients. I was trained when to ask them to come on back and have a seat, then I simply untied their bands, took out their wires and told them to brush and floss, then to come back for the doctor to have a look at their progress. Working with patients also means developing X-rays, as well as taking initial photos and entering them into a specific record on the computer.

“I cannot begin to explain how educational and fun the entire internship was for me! I developed better people skills, as well as an understanding of what not only goes into keeping a busy business running, but also what a day in a career I am interested in pursuing is actually like. Participating in an internship is nothing like looking the career up online or even asking an experienced worker for a job description. Being an intern means actually getting your hands into the work and trying it out for yourself. These are real life situations with real life people and results! How much better can it get?”


I Love the Work Phlebotomists Do

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Annie Christensen

My name is Annie Christensen, and I’m a senior at Richfield High School. Last semester I had the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship at the Sevier Valley Medical Center. I worked in the laboratory where I learned many new things from the phlebotomists and the lab techs. I learned how to draw blood, what different tests mean or do, what blood is made of, how to use the machines, and so much more! I even got the chance to draw one of the lab techs blood. This was a totally new experience and I loved learning. I also got to have my blood drawn to run tests on it myself. I discovered my blood type, examined my blood cell counts, and ran other tests. I learned how to do all of this from the lab. I love doing blood typing. The people I worked with were awesome, and so willing to help me learn. I loved having a sneak peek into the medical field.

This experience definitely impacted some of my future decisions. It helped me decide whether I want to pursue a medical career. I love the work phlebotomists do, and how there is something new [to learn] every day! It is so interesting to me. This whole experience has been very beneficial.

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

photo 6 - Utah HOSA state officersHOSA—Future Health Professionals is the student leadership organization for Health Science Education. Founded in 1976, HOSA brought together students, teachers, and healthcare industry leaders to create an organization that is exclusively committed to healthcare. Today HOSA remains committed to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership personal growth, community service, academic scholarships, and unique internships. HOSA activities lead to over 300 career opportunities in healthcare.

HOSA brings relevance to the classroom through industry-based competitive events, HOSA Leadership University, and community service. There are 4,145 Utah HOSA members in 89 chapters across the state.

Chapter Highlight: The Weber High School HOSA chapter is striving to combat childhood hunger in their community through the initiative “Souper Bowl of Caring.” HOSA student members are creating awareness and are fighting for children not to go to bed hungry. HOSA student members discovered that many students at their school qualified for free breakfast and lunch. They also discovered that these same students were not eating well on weekends. So, they went into action to provide food for these students. Last month, several HOSA members appeared on “Talking Sports” and shared their experience with combating childhood hunger. Watch their story and plan a “Souper Bowl of Caring” event at your school or in your community.

Rebekah Newman: Future Registered Nurse

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Rebekah Newman school photo

Rebekah Newman is a graduate of Herriman High School and is attending Dixie State University where she is studying to become a registered nurse. Prior to graduating from high school, Rebekah was a CTE Pathway completer in the Health Science Education Nursing Pathway where she acquired the knowledge and skills to advance to postsecondary training. While in high school, she took concurrent enrollment courses that helped her reach her goals and prepared her for college and career.


“Knowing I want to work as a registered nurse, I have used that end goal to be a highly motivated student. As a result, at the time of my [high school] graduation I had fulfilled all of the pre-requisite classes required to enter a nursing program with nearly 50 college credit hours. Every class I have taken has been leading up to and preparing me for work in the medical and health field. By taking a college anatomy class [while in high school], I had the amazing privilege to gain hands-on experience working with cadavers in the lab,” says Rebekah.

In addition to her high school studies and taking concurrent enrollment classes, Rebekah completed certified nurse assistant (CNA) courses on the weekends. Rebekah enjoys helping others and has a lot of compassion. To gain experience in the medical field she worked as a volunteer in a psychiatric unit of a nursing home. “The unit I chose to work in specialized in the care of Alzheimer and dementia patients. I determined that this is where I want to dedicate my time and compassionate talents.”

Upon completing her postsecondary training Rebekah intends to begin working in a hospital. “I have already begun making contacts by talking with nurses and other health professionals who work in the Salt Lake Valley in preparation for applying for work. Every class I have taken to further my course has nurtured my growing excitement to become a part of the [medical] field. I am very grateful for the CTE Pathway system, which was a huge assistance to me in determining which courses best suited me in achieving my future goals.”