NMC student and faculty assist a community member during a Mobile Diabetes Center outing.
As a nursing and healthcare professions college, next week — National Public Health Week — bears a special significance to us at Nebraska Methodist College.
National Public Health Week, April 1-7, is an opportunity to recognize those who contribute to public health and to raise awareness of health issues affecting our local community, state and nation. This year, National Public Health Week has five daily themes:
Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family
Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School
Wednesday, April 3: Creating a Healthy Workplace
Thursday, April 4: Protecting You While You’re on the Move
Friday, April 5: Empowering a Healthy Community
The topic of public health encompasses so much of what we do at Nebraska Methodist College. First and foremost, preparing students to make positive impacts on the health and well-being of their communities is at the heart of our mission. Each of our programs equips students with the skills to make a difference in their chosen field, whether as a nurse, educator, administrator, or a professional in an Allied Health career. No matter what field, all healthcare professionals play vital roles in maintaining a high quality of public health through the treatments, tests, knowledge and expertise they provide.
Nebraska Methodist College also works to improve public health in the greater Omaha community through the outreach of our Center for Health Partnerships, including programs such as our Mobile Diabetes Center and Our Families’ Health. The Mobile Diabetes Center provides important diabetes-related health screenings in a variety of urban and rural areas. Our Families’ Health works to provide area Latino communities easier access to healthcare resources and services.
In striving to improve public health, we like to practice what we preach as an organization. Nebraska Methodist College is proud to be recognized by the Wellness Council of the Midlands (WELCOM) as a Platinum Level member of its Nebraska Well Workplaces.
The Platinum Level is WELCOM’s highest recognition for workplace health promotion, which only a small group of companies and organizations have achieved. The award is the result of the college’s strong focus on health and wellness promotion in its organizational culture. Nebraska Methodist College has maintained its Platinum Level status for the past six years.
Writing poetry is not an easy art form. Now add to that the challenge of performing your poem from memory on stage and in front of a group of your peers. That’s just what a group of students from Nebraska Methodist College’s Upward Bound program will be doing later this month during two Louder Than a Bomb poetry competitions.
Louder Than a Bomb (LTaB) originated in Chicago in 2008, but after the release of a documentary in 2011 about the poetry competitions, LTaB poetry groups and events sprung up throughout the country.
About half a dozen students from NMC’s Upward Bound and St Luke Teen Center programs will participate in upcoming LTaB competitions organized by the Nebraska Writer’s Collective. The competitions will take place at Metropolitan Community College’s South Campus Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. and at the Fort Campus Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
The NMC Upward Bound team name for the competition is “Sincere”. “The students picked this name because they felt that everything they share throughout their poetry comes straight from the heart; their words are sincere,” said Upward Bound Project Coordinator, Nadira Ford-Robbins. This year will be a first for NMC Upward Bound students who participate, with six students who will actively take part in the competition.
When asked what sparked involvement in the competition, Ford-Robbins cited the students’ interest in LTaB. The real challenge has been with the weekly practice sessions competing with the various extra-curricular activities and/or school obligations the students are involved in.
“I enjoy working with the students in LTaB because I get to witness their individual light bulb moments, when they have discovered a way to express deeply held convictions and fears in a manner that is therapeutic and conducive to the coming of age process. The growth I get to witness is simply beautiful, and it helps to get to really know who our students are deep down inside.”
Stroll into an LTaB meeting and you’ll hear group members practicing skills to help them recite their poems crisply. Some might be working on drills such as repeating phrases like “toy boat” and “I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch” as quickly and precisely as possible. Others might be practicing volume control techniques using crescendos and decrescendos. Learning these skills helps the students engage the audience while performing their poems.
For many of the students, poetry is an outlet to express themselves, whether writing about life’s joys or frustrations. Through poetry, the students also build skills they will take with them far beyond the competition stage. Students learn how to be outspoken, how to speak in front of others, and how to have stage presence. In addition to categories for individuals, the competition also features a category for four-member teams, which teaches students how to work together as a group.
For more about Louder Than a Bomb, visit www.ltabomaha.org. To learn more about the documentary, visit http://wwwlouderthanabombfilm.com.
NMC has been a proud partner of Upward Bound since 2007. Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparation program through the U.S. Department of Education. NMC’s Upward Bound program is made up of students from Burke High School, and partners with the St Luke United Methodist Church Teen Center.
Sonography, also known as ultrasonography or ultrasound, is the use of high frequency sound waves to build images of body organs and blood vessels. The images enable medical doctors and other medical professionals to observe, study and diagnose growth and other changes that may occur within an individual’s body. A songrapher is a professional highly trained in the use of sonography to construct the images needed.
Sonographers are probably best known for providing those first images many expecting parents see of their unborn babies. But the job of a sonographer doesn’t end there. They play an important role in helping physicians diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions that otherwise cannot be seen.
Sonographers use advanced sound-wave technology to create images of the body’s internal structures or organs. A sonographer’s job is to capture the best two-dimensional images possible of three-dimensional organs to be examined by physicians to assess and diagnose the patient. To do this, they must have a strong understanding of human anatomy and their sonography equipment to acquire useful images that will allow the physician to make the best diagnosis.
Sonography Degree Programs
Nebraska Methodist College offers two sonography associate degree programs — Cardiovascular Sonography and Multispecialty Sonography. In Cardiovascular Sonography, students learn how to collect and evaluate images of the heart, the heart valves and related blood vessels throughout the body, aiding physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the cardiovascular system. In Multispecialty Sonography, students learn how to examine the fetus of a pregnant woman to follow the baby's growth and development, as well as how to create images of a wide variety of organs for diagnosis and treatment, including the aorta, gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen, among others.
A career in sonography is rewarding for a number of reasons. Sonographers are the eyes and ears of physicians in diagnosing and treating internal conditions, and as a result, are held in high regard by physicians. Sonographers experience fulfilling patient interaction. The job is also a continuous learning experience, which provides a sense of accomplishment as individuals tackle new challenges daily.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for sonographers in the U.S. is $64,380 annually, with a forecast of faster than average job growth until 2020. Demand for sonographers is high for those willing to travel to other areas. While some regions of the country are saturated with sonographers, others are underserved. Students interested in sonography should consider their willingness to relocate to find a job.
Nebraska Methodist College’s iPad Curriculum
Nebraska Methodist College’s sonography programs utilize an iPad curriculum to prepare students for the field. All coursework, including quizzes, research, clinical documentation and classroom activities, are conducted on iPads. The curriculum includes several apps that help students understand anatomy, create the best two-dimensional images from three-dimensional organs, and draw on and label images.
iPads are an excellent tool for learning, research and administrative tasks, and they are a device that sonographers as well as other healthcare professionals will likely utilize in their daily workplace for organization and continued learning.
The following are example of apps used in NMC’s sonography curriculum:
Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
Ultrasound Protocols and Image Reference Handbook
CARDIO3® Comprehensive Atlas of Echocardiography
For more information on becoming a sonographer, visit Nebraska Methodist College at methodistcollege.edu or contact and admissions representative at 402.354.7200.
Nebraska Methodist College President and CEO Dennis Joslin recently celebrated his 10th anniversary of leadership at NMC. Joslin has been a part of NMC for a total of 37 years, and he has experienced much change at the college as well as in the healthcare field. Joslin took a moment this week to discuss his passion for healthcare education, his background in nursing and how he likes to spend his time outside the office.
What makes you passionate about Nebraska Methodist College?
Nebraska Methodist College has great people who are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students. We have the opportunity to provide a comprehensive educational experience that results in the transformation of people into well prepared, high quality, healthcare professionals. The culture reflects that NMC is composed of caring and solution-oriented people who are willing to work toward continuous quality improvement in every aspect of our operation.
What is the best part of your job?
The opportunity to interact with outstanding students and great faculty and staff. It is wonderful to be able to facilitate our students’ realization of their dreams to earn their degrees and become the healthcare practitioners they always dreamed of being. I get to work with incredible faculty and staff who are passionate about their work with students and committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure our students have the best educational experience possible. I am energized when I work with our students and I see and feel the excitement and enthusiasm they bring to campus every day.
What is your background in healthcare, and what was your path to administration at NMC?
I began my career as a registered nurse and practiced in critical care nursing. I had the opportunity to join Methodist School of Nursing as a faculty member with teaching responsibilities in critical care, trauma and neurology. I completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing with emphasis in Education and Curriculum Development. Over the years as a faculty member, I gradually assumed various leadership positions and realized that I enjoyed the administrative aspect of higher education. After a few years in various administrative positions, I decided to earn a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. Various appointments that I held prior to the presidency include department chair, academic dean, vice president for Academic Affairs and executive vice president. I am completing my 10th year as president and my 37th year with Nebraska Methodist College.
You studied nursing at a time when men in the field were even fewer than they are today. What advice or encouragement do you have to offer men interested in nursing?
I earned my BSN in the mid-1970s at a time when nursing was not a common major for men. At that time, nationwide, the percentage of men in nursing was less than 5 percent, and today those numbers are still less than 10 percent — overall, a slight gain, but not much of a change from a total numbers perspective. My advice for men who are considering nursing is to “do it!” The field of nursing is so flexible and provides both men and women a wide range of opportunities. This is especially true for nurses who are willing to earn advanced degrees and expand their knowledge and expertise in advanced clinical practice, education or administration. Today’s society is much more accepting of men in nursing and many of the stereotypes from the 1960s and 1970s are not as prevalent.
What do you do outside of your job at NMC?
I am fortunate to have four grandsons under the age of four and they all live in Omaha. I love spending time with them and watching them grow, learn and develop. I also enjoy boating, waterskiing and camping. When I have time, I enjoy doing small house remodeling projects and have recently tried my hand at stained glass.