Health Science Courses; What Can I Take?

As a health science major, as you can imagine I take a lot of health and science classes. Let’s be real for a minute, it is in the title, how could you not assume that? Anyway, this semester I am in 4 classes plus this Interdisciplinary Introduction class. Those other classes include, Principles of Health, Wellness Choices for a Healthy Active Lifestyle, Statistical Literacy for Today’s Society and Drug Behavior. The two course I have taken the most out of this semester would be, Wellness Choices for a Healthy Active Lifestyle and Drug Behavior.

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The first course to be elaborated on it Wellness Choices for a Healthy Active Lifestyle, otherwise shortly known as Wellness Choices taught by Professor Morgan Leever. When I first found this course, I wanted to take it solely on the fact that it was online and would contribute to the major I was making. Before the start of this course, I had thought it was just going to be an easy course to take because I figured it was like any other health class I had taken growing up. As this semester has gone I have seen first-hand that my original assumption of the course was completely wrong. The piece of material that I was able to take the most away from is the portion about stress. In the last few years I have been completely consumed by stress, in more than one way. I have felt stress physically, emotionally and mentally, the type of stress I have experienced is not one that I would even wish on anyone’s worst enemy. A piece of material from the topic of stress that has stayed with me all semester came from the PowerPoint. It is called “How to get rid of your stress,” the examples Professor Leever gave are time management, take care of yourself, journaling, art, breathe/relax/stretch, and aromatherapy. I thought this information provided by Professor Leever would stick with me because when I start to feel stressed I will understand entirely how to reduce the amount of stress I am feeling.

Do not take this post the wrong way, I have learned many helpful things from all of my courses but the final course that has left a great impact on me this semester is Drug Behavior which is taught by Professor Terri Eastman. All the topics of this class have influenced my education and helped me understand drugs more profoundly. It is interesting to me to be a part of this class because I have already taken Pharmacology and Pathophysiology,

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however I struggled in that class because so much information was thrown at you all at once. It is nice to be able to hear all the information again in a slower manner. Being able to take this course has allowed me to realize that nursing still is for me and that I do understand medications and drugs, I just needed to hear them again so I could fully understand what each and every one of them do to the body. Everything I have taken from this course has stuck with me and I look forward to seeing what the next three weeks have in store!

Each of these course have left a lasting impression on me because they suit my major so well. To anyone I run into that is in the health science, or health education field

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I would recommend taking each of these classes with the exact Professors. Even to those students who are not health required majors, but for those who have an interest in health related subject I would also tell them to take these two courses for elective credits. Being a health education major has opened my mind to see all the different things I can do with this major. I look forward to my life in the health field once I graduate in May.

Questions That Arise from Interdisciplinarity

When I personally think of interdisciplinarity I think of all the ways it has improved my higher education. For others, questions arise,  Shannon K. McCoy and Susan K. Gardner to be exact think of some questions. Their article is called Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Campus – Five Questions. These authors have thought about five different questions when it comes to interdisciplinary collaboration on campuses. The five questions stated are, “Do you have enough time?, Do you have the right people?, Do you have the right departments?, Do you have the right policies?, and Do you have sufficient resources?”

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Questions like these make the reader think about all the times they have used collaboration in the interdisciplinary field and think about if they met these five questions or not. Having enough time, something not many people think about when starting a collaboration. “Creating such a synthesis takes a lot of time – time to understand other modes of research, time to learn the language and jargon used in other field(s), and the time it takes simply to collaborate with another individual or individuals” (McCoy & Gardner, page 46). Making sure to have enough time is key to a successful interdisciplinary collaboration. The next question is about having the right people, the authors state “Interdisciplinarity…holds the most promise for institutions that are most resource strapped, but those institutions may also be ones that demand a lot of time from faculty for teaching, administrative work, and service” (McCoy & Gardner, page 46). Not every one is cut out to do interdisciplinary work, making sure everyone in your group is suited for the job is another key to success. “Departmental support of interdisciplinary work is key to successful collaborations” (McCoy & Gardner, page 47). This quote proves that when everyone is on board and finds the right department to help collaborate with is a part of the ladder that leads to success. The final two questions to me, seem to coincide with each other. Finding the right policies, and having enough resources go hand in hand.  Without the right policies the resources needed can vary.

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After reading this engaging article, I have come to realize that I need to be thinking about these five questions when collaborating through interdisciplinarity. For all those in such a field, it is important to have successful collaboration, with these five questions being met it leaves little room for failure.

Works Cited: McCoy, S. K., & Gardner, S. K. (2012, November/December). Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Campus: Five Questions. Retrieved November 15, 2017, from http://search.ebscohost.com.libproxy.plymouth.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=84139819&site=ehost-live&authtype=sso&custid=plymouth doi:10.1080/00091383.2012.728953

Expanding Away From Nursing Homes

Families always run into the scary thought of having to placed a loved one in a nursing home. This was the case for a woman named Alvera Robinson. She is a 74 year old elderly female who spends her day in a wheelchair. Robinson was placed in a nursing home which around holiday season can be very depressing for the older adult because they cannot be taken out with that, Robinson spent holidays like Thanksgiving in the nursing home with barely any family. She then found a place referred to as ‘LIFE’ which is called Living Independently for Elders. Here, Robinson was able to get a spot at this facility which allows her to be able to live independently but still get the care she needs. Due to living on her own, Robinson was able to host a Thanksgiving in her own home which involved inviting family and friends.

My Grandfather and Nana. My Nana is in a nursing home.

LIFE being an interdisciplinary success story, helps those elder adults like Robinson be able to feel a little independence. I believe that a housing facility such as LIFE can help improve the mental health of frail ill older adults because it gives them a sense of freedom. LIFE is a collaborative housing community which physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses’ aides, and more come together to work together to create a successful independent living environment for those who would normally be placed in a nursing home. I believe if more housing communities like LIFE came together I believe that the there would be an increase in the life expectancy in these frail elder adults lives.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Improves Safety, Quality of Care, Experts Say. (2010, November 22). Retrieved November 1, 2017, from https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2010/11/interdisciplinary-collaboration-improves-safety-quality-of-care-.html

Understanding Public Health

The history of Public Health can be traced back all the way to ancient times. Public Health has been a topic everyone knows even just a little bit about without even trying.  According to John H. Bryant and Philip Rhodes, “Public Health, the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health, sanitation, personal hygiene, control of infectious diseases, and organization of health services” (Bryant, Rhodes. 2017). Public Health serves to better the lives of those who live currently. It is an essential part of having a growing community and world. If Public Health were not an essential part of life everyone would be walking around promoting illness and diseases.

I started taking health classes when I first entered Elementary School in 2001…wow 16 years ago, time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well anyway, health has always sparked my interest since I began learning about it, when I got to be in the fifth grade reality struck my world as one of my close friends got diagnosed with cancer. This crumbled my world as being a fifth grader I had

My friend Meghan Duffy

never been exposed to cancer before. I can remember trying to figure out everything that was going on with Meghan and just trying to figure out how I could help however there was nothing personally I could do. In sixth grade, I lost Meghan to cancer however she one hundred percent won her fight. I can relate this to the first time I truly knew my calling was going to be health care. As time went on I was exposed to more health issues in my friends, a massive stroke in a close friend, LaFora Epilepsy in two of my friends which unfortunately led to

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their passing. Being exposed to all these unfortunate circumstances throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I knew Nursing was for me. Even if I could not health everyone I could leave a lasting impact on my patients with the care I could provide to them.

My friend Donovan Lindo

Public Health initiative is majorly in the world and all over social media. In my own PLN I follow many different accounts that have to do with Public Health, like Mass. Public Health, the CDC, Boston Public Health  there are many more accounts all over twitter that relate to Public Health. If this is something that interests you, type in the twitter search bar ‘Public Health’ and many different accounts will arise.

Works Cited:

Rhodes, P., & Bryant, J. H. (2017, January 04). Public health. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/public-health

How Interdisciplinarity has Changed my Life

I am going to start this out being 100% truthful, Interdisciplinary Studies was never in my field of sight until this past summer when my original intent fell through. Originally, I was in the Nursing Program at PSU however after becoming very physically and mentally exhausted I did not get the grade I needed to continue on. As anyone would be, I was devastated, after weeks of looking into what my options were, I found Interdisciplinary Studies.

I knew a little bit about this program from those before me who were not able to pass in the Nursing Program. As Nissani stated “the most widely cited attempts break down interdisciplinarity into components such as multidisciplinarity, pluridisciplinarity, crossdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity” (Nissani). As I had known little about this program, this quote really helps my mind wrap around what interdisciplinarity truly is and how it is made up. As I got to understand the program and know what exactly the criteria was I began to realize my future could still go on. Interdisciplinary Studies is allowing me to graduate on time in a field that sparked my interest, Health Science. 

The style of learning in this program is a fresh of breath air, I was most attracted to the fact that we build ourselves a Personal Learning Network and we are able to reach to those in our desired field before we even graduate. Another reason I chose Interdisciplinary Studies is because the program is student oriented, the professors and workers in the IDS office are there to help the student and they know how important it is to keep us engaged and happy with what we are learning. This program has already impacted my future because it is allowing me to graduate with a major that will help me be top priority to getting into an Accelerated BS Nursing Program in fall of 2018. A way that this program will continue to impact my future is that I will be able to take my PLN with me and know that if I ever needed any help I could reach out to them and have answers within the day.

The major thing I have taken away from this interdisciplinary learning so far is getting all the program application information completed. This task lead me to go outside of my comfort zone and reach out to someone who I have never met before to be my advisor. This was difficult for me as well as I could assume all my peers because we did not know these professors as well as the thought of what if they do not like me or what if they think my program statement is so wrong. All and all, my thoughts before meeting my advisor were very wrong and in fact she loved my program statement and I definitely benefited from reaching outside my comfort zone.

A statement Gregorian made in his article is “instead of helping students learn and grow as individuals, find meaning in their lives, or understand their role in society, college has become a chaotic maze where students try to pick up something useful as they search for the exit: the degree needed to obtain decent employment” (Gregorian). As I was reading this article I was taken back by reading this statement because until I read it, I had never seen myself as one in a chaotic position just trying to get a degree and leave. However, in fact I had been in that position not too long ago when I was left stranded with no direction in the beginning of senior year. Now that I have come across something that I can be truly passionate about I do not see myself in that chaotic state anymore. I like being here and growing my education through Interdisciplinary Studies. This program has already shown me a lot about myself and I have already gained so much knowledge in just six weeks, I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me!

DeRosa, R., & Gregorian, V. (n.d.). Interdisciplinary Studies: A Connected Learning Approach.  Retrieved October 20, 2017, from https://press.rebus.community/idsconnect/chapter/colleges-should-reconstruct-the-unity of-knowledge/

Nissani, M. (1997). Three Cheers for Interdisciplinarity [Abstract]. Social Science Journal, 34(2), 201-216. Retrieved October 20, 2017, from http://drnissani.net/mnissani/pagepub/10CHEERS.HTM

 

Why I Chose Health Science

The title of my Interdisciplinary program is called Health Science. This program is a science based major created by integrating courses from several different departments at Plymouth State University including Biology, Psychology, Health and Human Performance, and Nursing. The Health Science programs base foundation utilizes these individual departments to create a unique science

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major by combining the various science related courses. In this way the Health Science major is different than other programs at Plymouth State University.  I believe this major can lead me to my ultimate goal of becoming a nurse.

I have known since I was a young child my destination in life was to help those in need. As far back as I can remember I have always lent a helping hand and put others’ personal needs before my own. My life goal is to become an Emergency Room Nurse and eventually a Trauma Team Nurse. In high school, while playing on the freshmen girls’ basketball team I received a severe concussion that landed me unconscious and taken to the hospital. Upon arrival at the emergency room I was placed in a hallway without any direct care, very little observation and without further testing. The standard of care I received in my local hospital was unsatisfactory. After my experience, I knew as a future nurse one of my goals would be to improve patients’ emergency room treatment. In 2014, I was accepted into the Plymouth State University Nursing Program and was so excited about my future, but after three years in the Plymouth State University Nursing Program I became mentally and physically exhausted. I began having panic attacks almost every day worrying about the classwork requirements and the stress of maintaining the required grade to continue in the program. Through a lot of personal anguish and soul searching I finally realized it was important to take care of myself before I could continue in the nursing field and begin taking

Practicing placing IV’s in simulation lab.

care of patients. I began to look at Interdisciplinary Studies in my senior year as a way to continue my education in the health field so I could graduate with a health science major and seek my Nursing degree post-graduation. I have not given up my life goal of becoming a nurse. I am a stronger person for having gone through my struggles, which I believe makes me a better person to help others in the future.

To create my major, the first courses in my contract are IS 2225 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies and IS 4425 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar. The Quantitative Reasoning Connection Course I am including in my contract is MA 1900 Statistical Literacy in Today’s Society.

In my contract, the first group of courses I included is from the Biology Department. One of the first courses I took while in my first year at Plymouth State University was BI 2110 Anatomy and Physiology Lecture and Lab. This course incorporates learning the structure and functions of all the major body systems. The laboratory portion of this course focuses on the hands-on portion of learning the major body systems. The second Biology course that attributes to Health Science is called BI 2340 Microbiology for Nurses. This course focuses on the bacteria that are essential to life and those that are responsible for infectious diseases. Working in the health field it is imperative to understand the differences between the bacteria that are good for the human body and which ones are dangerous.

Another focus I incorporated as part of my contract is from the Psychology Department. The course is PS 2050 Life-Span Developmental Psychology. In this course we learned the differences in underlying physical, cognitive and social developments that occur throughout the life-span. This course is important because in Health Science you have to be able to serve any person from any generation with or without limitations.

The third group of courses in my contract is from Health and Human Performance. I have chosen to include five health related courses in my contract. The first one is HE 2300 Principles of Health. This course provides education on learning all the dimensions of health and the basics about different health behaviors. The second course I chose is HE 2900 Disease, Safety and the Environment which focuses on diseases and disorders related to safety and the environment. The third course is called HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living. In this course students learn the basics of nutrition and how it can affect development in health performance. The fourth course I added to my contract is HE 3700 Drug Behavior. This course provides information on how different drugs affect and react with the human body. All four of these Health Education courses pertain to Health Science because it is important to understand different dimensions of health such as drugs, nutrition, diseases, and health behaviors. The final course under the Department of Health and Human Performance is under physical education which is called PE 2850 Wellness Choices for a Healthy, Active Lifestyle. This course enables the student to understand personal awareness and responsibility for optimal health. This course pertains to Health Science because it is important to enable a patient with understanding how to better their lifestyle to become more active to improve their health status.

The final group of course in which I included into my contract is from the Nursing Department. The first course I added to my contract is NR 3020 Introduction to Patient Centered Care. This course introduces the KSA’s which are the framework of knowledge, skills and attitudes that a nurse should have while in practice. In Health Science it is important to understand these concepts because when working in a hospital the patient caregiver needs to be professional in the way they act and deliver care. The second course I chose is NR 3030 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology. In this course the student learns the difference in medications that are commonly used for different diseases and disorders. This course attributes to Health Science because it is important to know what medications your clients are receiving and why they are receiving them. The third course I chose to include is NR 3040 Professional Issues. This course identifies ways to be professional when working in the healthcare field as well as with other professional organizations. Possessing the ability to understand how to be professional in a workplace is imperative for any field of study. The final two courses I added to my contract are NR 3052 Clinical Application of Patient-Centered Care and NR 3090 Clinical Evidence-Based Practice.  Both of these courses focus on putting skills learned in the classroom and in the simulation laboratory to use. They continue to build on the education of the student nurse through hands-on education. This contributes to Health Science because having a background working with clients in the field helps build the education received.

This program I am proposing is an Interdisciplinary program because in Health Science the student is exposed to many science related courses from various independent departments. The education I received will be well rounded to help me utilize the knowledge and information that I can take with me upon graduation. This program will help me prepare for my future because when I graduate from Plymouth State University I plan to restart my nursing education. I plan on attending an accelerated BS-RN program starting in the fall of 2018. I have already begun post-graduation preparations to make my nursing dream a reality.

Interview with Lynne Bates, Health Promotion and Health Education, Plymouth State

Being asked to interview a professor for myself was very nerve raking. For one, I have never completed an interview with a professor prior to Thursday, September 21, 2017. Another reason being this semester is the first time since my sophomore year with new professors. I was comfortable with all my nursing professors but I felt as though I should reach out to someone who I did not know much about. This is how I came to Lynne Bates. I am currently in her Health Promotion course called Principles of Health.

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Professor Lynne Bates and myself

Starting off with the interview I found out that Lynne is a teacher lecturer professor at Plymouth State University. For those who may not know, a teacher lecturer is someone who teaches part time at the University. Lynne teaches for the Health and Human Performance Department at PSU, while teaching two different classes. Those classes are called Principles of Health of which she teaches one section and Disease, Safety and the Environment of which she teaches two sections. I knew I needed to get to know more about Lynne’s road to becoming an educator. I found out that she in fact did not begin her college education in the education field whereas she began her Undergraduate Program at Ball State University in Indiana where she studied Anthropology Archeology.

After realizing she did not like the field she was studying, Lynne decided to change her major and move back home where she ended up at Plymouth State University. When Lynne decided to drop her Anthropology Archeology major and come back to New Hampshire where she pursued a degree in Biological Laboratory Sciences. While being an undergraduate, Lynne won the National Science Foundation Research at University of Massachusetts at Lowell for completing research on Malaria. After graduating with Biological Laboratory Sciences at PSU, Lynne landed a job as a Medical Technologist for her first career. After having an eighteen year career as a Medical Technologist, Lynne came back to Plymouth State University to attend graduate school which she focused her learning in Health. I followed up with asking Lynne is she liked to be a teacher lecturer or if she would rather be full-time; to my surprise I learned Lynne is retired so being a teacher lecturer works perfectly for her. Lynne continued to explain that if she were younger she would prefer to be a full-time faculty but that would require her to go back to school again to receive her PhD.

An interesting fact I learned about Lynne is that she wrote an article for a textbook which was the Encyclopedia of School Health. The article was about the effect of dental work and how having good teeth effects performance in school. When she helped write this article she was working with scholars outside of her field currently. Along with that Lynne has many experiences outside of teaching and being a Medical Technologist. For eight years she worked as a fitness instructor, within the eight years she proceeded to work four years as a personal trainer. It is interesting to see that all the jobs that have come through Lynne’s life in some way they all shape and effect health.

As for interdisciplinary work, she had personally never completed any however she does teach many students who are in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Plymouth State University. When recommending courses to students, Lynne would suggest to students to take classes outside of their department. She believes this because she states that the more knowledgeable you are in other subjects it will help you succeed in your primary subject of education. She believes that interdisciplinary studies is important however she does not understand how it relates to the job marketplace. Lynne discusses that she believes interdisciplinary studies is important and that it relates to the entire cluster initiative that is being introduced and promoted at Plymouth State University.

I really enjoyed being able to get to know Lynne Bates on a deeper level than just in the classroom. I believe that getting to know who your teachers are and where they come from in an educational background will only help the students to be more successful in the classroom. Getting to know Lynne made me realize that our education background is similar because we both changed our majors during our undergraduate program, the only difference being I did not switch schools. I look forward to being in class with Lynne for the rest of the semester and I hope to get into her Disease, Safety and the Environment class in the spring semester!

Domain Education…Is it Worth it?

Should I be as worried to post this first official public post as I was while reading these articles? Is anyone actually going to read these posts? So many questions arose through my mind as I read through these articles. I thought these readings opened my eyes about using a domain. I have heard of people using their own websites before but I never imagined myself having one especially not for school. I am more open to using a domain now that I have had some experience playing around in mine, however I am still skeptical on the whole public posting issue. For myself I am not a very skilled writer, with that being said I am not a huge fan of sharing my work. Although, I am not fully comfortable with this I will still post publicly; maybe it will help me improve my writing and confidence in sharing my works. I do in fact like the idea about having everything I work on this semester all in one place right at the tips of my fingers whenever I need to reference back to previous work.

In the first article, “The Web We Need To Give Students,” there was a section where the author wrote “but almost all arguments about student privacy, whether those calling for more restrictions or fewer, fail to give students themselves a voice, let alone some assistance in deciding what to share online.” Although, I do understand where this author is coming from, I do believe that if a student wanted their voice to be heard they would find a way around the restrictions to do just that. The current young generation has grown up with technology and many of which can manipulate different areas of technology to accomplish exactly what they want.

The second article titled, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” the author states, “students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking.” I believe this is correct in every aspect, using a domain for education will allow students to excel in a different way using more research and the ability to create their own site that suits their selves and their lives. Domains allow students to reach outside what they know and are used to, to complete education in a more modern and useful way.

The third article, “Do I Own My Domain if You Grade it?” the author states, “the domains project isn’t revolutionary to the traditional classroom, but it is revolutionary to a classroom re-imagined around public scholarship, student agency and experimentation.” I do not agree with this statement, because domains are not used in education often but I do believe that if this project was given enough time and effort it could become a revolutionary. It is not like the room classroom, it allows students to break out of their shell and provide education in a different way. I truly believe if schools started to implement this way of submitting assignments and allowing the students to create something that they can have for their lifetime schools would see more students having better results in their academics.

These articles opened my eyes to a new way of education. Before the first class I had no idea about open education by using domains and pedagogy but after creating my own I am very open to the idea. I believe it will help me better my academics because I have always struggled in the classroom with tests and sorts. This way of learning and teaching allows me to not be defined just by tests.