School of Allied Health Professions

Nuclear Medicine Student and Graduate Participate in Mock Drill

Capture-nmHealthcare professionals put aside their scrubs and wore radiation protective gear for a mock nuclear explosion drill in Scottsbluff on Wednesday. One of our graduates along with one of our current students, both from the nuclear medicine program, participated.

Lauren Hess, a 2011 graduate and now a staff technologist at Regional West Medical Center (RWMC) in Scottsbluff, and Jillian Rutan, a current student, donned white protective suits and grabbed their Geiger counters to help with the drill.

Jillian has been on our campus for the past four weeks for a nuclear pharmacy rotation. The drill was day two for her in the clinical nuclear medicine department at RWMC, where she will spend the remainder of the program.

Our nuclear medicine program added the RWMC site just this fall, and we’re excited to have a program to offer in western Nebraska.

Here’s the video about the drill from KOTA Territory News. You can see Lauren and Jillian at work in the beginning of the video.

Pat O’Neil shoots a Hole-in-One!

Pat O'Neil hole-in-oneAn amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1. An ace is when a player hits the ball directly from the tee into the hole with one stroke. Also called a hole-in-one.

You can read more stats like that and be discouraged, or you can ask Pat O’Neil, our SAHP director of finance and administration, exactly how it feels to shoot a hole-in-one. She did it! With witnesses!

“It was VERY exciting!” she said.

Sunday, September 14, 2014, Pat was golfing with her husband (and not that well, by her account) at the LaVista Falls golf course, when she stepped to the fourth hole, a par three for 81 yards. She took a half swing with her eight iron. The ball soared 80 yards, landed on the green, rolled neatly to the hole, teetered, then fell in. She almost fell over.

Another gentleman who had played past them saw the (w)hole thing. He went straight to the clubhouse to fill out a witness report, so it’s on the books.

I asked her if she saved the ball as a trophy.

“Never occurred to me to save that ball – pretty sure I put it in the lake on the next hole! I did save the club, however!”

Congratulations, Pat!

Pat's Ace!
Pat’s Ace!

Jones, Venema, and Skinner publish in Journal of Rural Health

Congratulations to Katherine Jones, PT, PhD, Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, and Anne Skinner, BS, RHIA, who recently published in the Journal of Rural Health. This paper reflects work that led to their grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the CAPTURE Falls project.

Jones KJ, Venema DM, Nailon R, Skinner AM, High R, Kennel V. Shifting the paradigm: An assessment of the quality of fall risk reduction in Nebraska hospitals. J of Rural Health. First published online Sept. 2, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12088.