Brianna Totten, Belicia Brides, and Cassie Quisenberry put on gowns and masks as practice before the check off. “I am not as stressed because I got so much practice and feel prepared,” said Totten. Photo Credit / Meghan Lewis
Junior Belicia Brides, senior Cassie Quisenberry, and senior Grace Ritchie stand in line waiting to be checked off. Three students check off at the same time so they don’t feel so much pressure. Photo Credit / Meghan Lewis
Senior Grace Ritchie focuses on correct application and removal of personal protective equipment. Mrs Kuzmick watches Grace to make sure she knows how to put it on correctly and makes sure it’s tied right. “Putting on the PPE was difficult but all the practice helped a lot,” said Ritchie. Photo Credit / Meghan Lewis
Junior Alena Kocesas demonstrates putting on gloves correctly. It’s the first thing she takes off and one of the most important things according to the center for disease control and prevention. Photo Credit / Meghan Lewis
Mrs. Kuzmick watches her students check off on personal protective equipment. She’s looking for the correct application and removal of gloves, goggles, a gown, and a mask or respirator. Photo Credit / Meghan Lewis
Fundamentals of Health Science is an Education for Employment (EFE) class taught at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The class is for juniors and seniors in high school who are looking to go into the medical field.
The class is taught by Cheryl Tiernan and Mrs. Kuzmick and helps prepare students for the real medical world by allowing students to experience a hospital setting for a year. Not only does the class help prepare students, but they can also earn college credit upon successful course completion. Tiernan teaches in the classroom and Kuzmick instructs during labs. Kuzmick also sets up workplace observations and does all of the check offs. Check offs involves demonstration of a certain skill then students receive credit for knowing how to do the skill. The class also prepares students by requiring scrubs or professional dress and having a professional environment.
So far, students have been taught patient identification, cleaning up a spill, fire safety, correct hand washing, solution identification, correct medical abbreviations and much more. Currently students are working on correct application and removal of personal protective equipment.