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’s Public Pat on the Back: Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah

cloud-of-thanksKudos to Cindy Skarda, Tammy O’Donnell, Sue Stewart, and Sarah Frederick!

“These four ladies went above and beyond,” said Pat O’Neil, “embracing the opportunity to properly dispose of files, equipment and brick-a-brack that was outdated, irrelevant, or broken, during the SAHP’s recent Spring Cleaning initiative. To many, sorting through the boxes, file cabinets and piles of debris that filled the 7th floor storage area seemed overwhelming. But Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah seemed to relish the challenge…and proved themselves up to the task. Thank you all for your great work.”

Everyone appreciates recognition for a job well done. As such, SAHP Director of Finance and Administration, Pat O’Neil, MPA, came up with a new way to acknowledge staff within the school.

“I get emails from faculty all the time, telling me what a great job staff members are doing,” said Pat. “I’d like to publicly share some of the kudos so everyone else knows, too.”

Thus, Pat’s Public Pat on the Back (or Pat’s Pat, if you like) will be a new series on the TVs in Bennett Hall and on the blog, starting off with the above. (BTW – I, Fran, made up the title, so if you don’t like it, blame me.) :)  And I would also like to personally thank Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah, because I know what a mess that room was and am grateful I didn’t have to clean it!

Pat encourages all faculty and staff to regularly recognize and thank one another – with emails, thank-U grams, and nominations for Silver and Gold U-s. And remember, when you receive six thank-Us for a particularly brand value, you will receive a Vital pin for that value: Team, Leadership, Resource, and Excellence.

Custer and Vas show off Anatomage table on “adventure tour”

“The table gives students a sharper tool with which to practice identifying particular body systems and how they are affected by disease,” said Tanya Custer. “The idea is to prepare medical professionals more thoroughly and more quickly than before.”

Tanya, assistant professor in radiation science technology education, and Stephanie Vas, MRI program director, demonstrated the Anatomage table to 20 Nebraskans, most from places outside of the state’s major population centers, who participated in the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Reverse Ag Adventure Tour. Read more in the Omaha World Herald>>