Friday, March 13, 2015

Scenes from our new course: Introduction to Health Care Practice

Biology 301, Introduction to Health Care, is a new health science elective that offers students background preparation, training, and practical skills to work in a health care setting. This innovative course developed and taught by Dr. Jennifer Venditti has a unique design, combining classroom learning at Bloomsburg University with a 400-hour clinical experience as a nursing assistant at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  While on campus, students learn about professionalism in health care, roles of the members of the health care team, patient confidentiality and HIPAA regulations, health assessment techniques, electronic medical records, prevention of infection, integumentary system and skin disorders, body mechanics and ambulation, CPR, and patient interactions. This will provide the foundation for experiences with patients during the clinical component at Geisinger this summer.  Pictured at top right, Dr. Venditti offers tips on blood pressure measurement to Mikala Britt, a pre-physician assistant major.Bottom right: Christopher Bastardi, pre-physician assistant major, measures blood pressure in a volunteer during Biology 301, Introduction to Health Care.