Hospital Volunteering

Hospital Volunteering

Over a year ago, I began volunteering at the hospital in Mount Pleasant.  I started working on the 3rd floor, helping out however I could.  I mostly stocked shelves and cleaned residents rooms but I was also able to learn about the care provided to patients based on their symptoms.  This year I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Emergency Department and in the Education Department.  Both taught me many different things and introduced me to different sides of the medical field.

In the Emergency Department I was able to watch procedures such as a Pneumothorax and the removal of a Bartholin gland cyst.  I also was able to witness a code red, which to most would not be an exciting thing, but I loved every minute of it.  I met a lot of great people who helped my further my education by allowing me to watch these procedures and explaining everything they were doing during them to me.  They also showed me how to read X-Rays and echocardiograms properly.

In the Education Department, I have the opportunity to work with they Nurse Educator at the hospital, who is in charge of keeping all the Nurses and Nurse Aides up to date on the always changing protocols in the hospital.  When volunteering with her, I am responsible for making quizzes and assignments for the Nurses and Aides to complete to prove that they still know what to do in different situation.  Some of the topics I have made assignments about are child abuse and neglect, intubation, and code reds.  I also had the opportunity to organize crash carts and the supply room for them.  This allowed me to learn about the uses for different medicines and tools used in an emergency.

I am so thankful for all the different opportunities volunteering at the hospital has presented me with.  I plan to continue volunteering there for as long as I can because I feel like the things I learn at the hospital are just as valuable as the things I learn in the classroom.

COM 461

COM 461

Communication in Leadership is a different type of communications class.  You don’t spend the semester preparing speeches and writing long essays about topics that you don’t really care about.  Instead you learn about real world communication and how to apply what we have learned to your situation in order to get the best outcome possible.   Read more

PHL 118: Moral Problems

PHL 118: Moral Problems

As a part of my Leadership minor I was required to take a class that challenged me to look at the world differently.  Philosophy 118 is a class where you got to talk about all the topics that are banned in every other classroom.  Topics like abortion, rape, and capital punishment were talked about on the daily in the class.   Read more

History 110LWI

History 110LWI

The American Experience.

This class was probably the worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life and I think that if you talked to anyone else in the class, they would agree.  I like history, so I was really excited for this class at the beginning of semester, but as soon as the first lesson was over, I knew it was about to be rough.   Read more

LAS in the D: Looking Back

LAS in the D: Looking Back

This trip was designed to help those of us who went, learn to lead, facilitate, and help even when we don’t think we can.  We experienced all of these things within the two short days that we were there.  The first day we met with the students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.  Here was get assigned to a classroom where we facilitated a few activities for the students.  Next we met with the butta and pilot students (much like a student council or NHS) where we taught them a few different games to play and how to run those. Read more

LAS in the D – The Before

LAS in the D – The Before

Just like the typical farm girl (that I kinda am), I only know Detroit for what I have heard about it.  I have been in Detroit multiple times, but only for things like Red Wings or Tigers games, so I really didn’t have any time to just stop and look around.  The main issues that I know about are the ones that I hear on the news (when I watch to it) or from other people.  These include a lot of crime, poor education, a lot of vacant land and a need for new growth in the area. Read more