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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.”

Sydnee Dayley: Future Dental Assistant

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Sydnee Dayley -Sydnee Dayley is a graduate of Mountain Crest High School, in Cache School District, and currently attends Bridgerland Applied Technology College where she is studying to become a dental assistant. While in high school Sydnee participated in a CTE Internship at Spring Creek Dental while taking courses in the CTE Health Science Education Dental Pathway. “The high school dental assisting program has helped me beyond measure. I always knew I wanted to be in the dental field and this [program] gave me the assurance I needed. The opportunity I had to gain this knowledge of my passion for the dental field as a junior in high school has greatly [impacted] my future,” says Sydnee.

Susanne Kuresa, an administrator at Logan City School District, describes Sydnee as a people person who easily establishes and maintains rapport with others. “Children, youth, and adults alike enjoy Sydnee’s company. She puts everyone at ease and makes them feel good about themselves. Sydnee brings to every situation a warm smile and cheerfulness. These skills will set her apart as a leader in the college classroom and in her chosen career.”

Sydnee credits the teachers at Mountain Crest High School for her success. “I could never thank [the teachers] enough. I know that payment for the [skills] I have acquired is to pursue what I have learned to love.”

Utah HOSA Excels at 2014 NLC

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

On June 25, 2014, over 8,400 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Orlando, Florida for the HOSA 37th Annual National Leadership Conference (NLC). The Coronado Springs Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 65 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, and networking opportunities for the 242 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the state officers attending the HOSA University Leadership Training Institute hosted by Mark Burley and David Kelly. Tuesday evening, Utah HOSA President Alex Salimbene (Viewmont High School) represented Utah at the State Presidents’ reception, where she was able to network with other states. State HOSA Secretary, AJ Bull (West High School) was Utah’s representative on the Nominating Committee. This committee helps to determine the slate of national officer candidates.

Wednesday’s registration was led by Andrew Wilson and Angie Abbott (state officer coaches). Wednesday morning included breakfast at the Disney property, Port Orleans Riverside. Wednesday night the HOSA Opening Ceremonies started with a welcome from the Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, and a keynote address by the world renowned, futurist and physicist Michio Kaku.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were dedicated to competitions, business sessions and educational symposia. State officers – Alex Salimbene, Omar Ramirez, Madison Johnson (Davis High School) and Sariah Gridley (Tooele Community Learning Center)served as the voting delegates to elect the new national officers and chose the service project for the coming year. The new HOSA service project will be the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday included Disney or Universal theme parks during the day and the HOSA Awards Ceremony at night. We would like to congratulate all the advisors, members, and officers that participated and excelled at the conference. View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.

Thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference and spent much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education Career and Technical Education Department, schools districts, superintendents, career and technical education directors, principals, and HOSA 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, Utah HOSA, Noodles and Company, The Richard McDermott Charitable Foundation and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.

Congratulations, Utah, for a successful conference!

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 81 chapters in both high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,150. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education Division of the Utah State Office of Education.

Left to right:
Jacob Lambertsen – Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President
Alex Salimbene – President
Omar Ramirez – Service Vice President
Sariah Gridley – Salt Lake/Tooele Area Vice President
Shianne Douglas – Central Utah Vice President
AJ Bull – Secretary
Madison Johnson – Northern Area Vice President

Utah Students to Compete at 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Today the 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Orlando, Florida. The conference brings together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to 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. Utah HOSA members are prepared to compete against their peers in 47 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching the:
> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST

View Conference Guide
HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2014
Like HOSA on Facebook #HOSAnlc2014
Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app HERE.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Orlando, Florida to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“This has been an exciting year of growth and positive change for HOSA, and we’re only getting started. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments with you in Orlando. Let’s impact our future at this year’s National Leadership Conference,” says Antonio Hernandez, National HOSA President.

Meet Alison Peterson: Future Dental Hygienist

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“I am really excited to attend college and am looking forward to pursuing my goal of becoming a dental hygienist. I love learning, and plan on becoming the best hygienist possible. Another goal of mine is to be able to be part of a dental humanitarian group and go to different parts of the world to serve others and teach them. I have always had a passion for science and the way that it helps you think in different ways.

“I am currently [participating] in a CTE Internship at a local dentist office in our city. I have loved everything about it. It has taught me a lot about how the office functions and about the daily routine of a hygienist. It has been really fun getting to know patients and [providing] them a service. By taking CTE courses  I have learned about good jobs skills.”

Alison Peterson
Uintah High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Alison Peterson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alison Peterson on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Alison was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

HOSA Hunger Banquet

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Diane Gardner,
Health Science Education Specialist and HOSA Advisor,
Timpanogos High School, Alpine School District

At Timpanogos High School, our HOSA Community Awareness Team wanted to focus on the alarming statistics of rising hunger rates in our community. As a HOSA chapter, we discussed the importance of raising awareness of both the need in our own community and worldwide. In the fall we held a food drive, we aired a public service announcement informing the school of the growing need to donate food, put signs around the school with hunger facts, and collected almost 3,000 cans of food for our local food bank. But, we wanted to do more! Our HOSA Community Awareness Team contacted OxFam, a national organization who works internationally with raising awareness about hunger, and we started to “do more.”

On February, 19, 2014 we held a Hunger Banquet at Timpanogos High School, which was AWESOME! More than 140 students attended from Timpanogos High School, Mountain View High School, Orem High School, and Pleasant Grove High School. We divided the groups into First World, Second World, and Third World populations, proportionally. The First World group was served a nice pasta dinner—with extra-large helpings—while sitting at a beautiful table setting. The Second World group was served a dinner of rice, beans, a tortilla, and an apple, while sitting at tables with paper plates and cups, plastic forks, and had water to drink. The Third World group was served a dinner of only rice, and ate their meal while sitting on blankets placed on the floor. This group had to dip water out bucket into paper cups and had a reed basket that held a few wooden forks and paper plates. There were not enough wooden forks for everyone in the group, so some had to eat with their fingers.

Karina Holt, a junior at Timpanogos High School and member of the HOSA Community Awareness Team, said this about the banquet, “From this [experience] I learned that I am so blessed and I have the resources to help others. So many people are suffering in the world while a lot of us are here and have more than we can imagine. Another thing I realized was that living where we are we have so many more opportunities. Hunger is a real problem, yet we can all do something to make a difference. I am so glad that we were able to do a Hunger Banquet at our school. I learned so much and I know that it moved others.”

At the event we listened to several speakers including, Levi Marshall, a student at Timpanogos High School, who lived in Haiti during the earthquake; Genna Lasko, from Hadley Impact Consulting, who spoke about world poverty and hunger; and HOSA president McKay Jones who spoke on hunger in our own community. All of the students learned the importance of making a difference and were shown several ways they could help raise awareness, donate, and be involved in changing the world hunger problem. We had more than 100 people come to support and listen to our program.

During the event we held several raffles, auctioned off donated gift baskets, Jet Blue tickets, and other items. We raised approximately $1,500! The money will go to help several farmers on KIVA.org, as well as our local food bank. The money from the Jet Blue tickets will go towards a Utah HOSA scholarship program.

The Hunger Banquet was a huge success! Thank you to those who participated in the event, and to those businesses who generously contributed to the auction.