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August 05, 2013


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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

NATIONAL COLLEGE EDUCATION ALLOWS STUDENT TO GO FROM A JOB TO A CAREER

NATIONAL COLLEGE EDUCATION ALLOWS STUDENT TO GO FROM A JOB TO A CAREER

Sharon Burrill had wanted to work in the medical field for a long time.  She spent more than 20 years at the Genie Company in Shenandoah, Virginia.  Genie manufactured garage door openers and Sharon did assembly-line soldering and packing (physical labor).  Production began to slow down at the plant and Sharon knew that she had to take action to obtain a better job.  She thought that she wanted to work in an office setting because she likes to multi-task which she was not able to do at Genie.  Sharon said, “It was a job and not a career.”  She enrolled at the Harrisonburg Campus in 2011 and it only took 14 months for her to get a diploma to become a medical office assistant. 
 

She chose National because of the family atmosphere and because of the medical programs.  She said that at the college students receive so much more personal attention from the instructors. 
 

Sharon is the check-in receptionist at Marrow Family Eye Care.  Regarding her position she said, “I am so much more than a receptionist.  I don’t have time to be bored.  I love it here because I get to interact with clients and we try to treat patients [like] family.”  Her daily duties include checking in patients, getting insurance authorized; verifying that information in patients’ charts is current, getting charts ready for the next day, creating the schedule for the following day, selling contact lenses, etc. 
 

She praised the career development director, Stephanie Bell for helping her to find a job.  Stephanie said that she begins looking for jobs for students before they graduate and keeps in touch with them via phone calls and emails.  She is also willing to help students with their résumé. 
 

Regarding the future, Sharon said, “I want to learn everything I can learn.  The more you learn about the medical field the better.”  She added that the doctors within the practice like for the employees to cross-train so everyone knows about the various jobs. 
 

She would recommend National to anyone who is interested in furthering their education.  She said, “I would tell them to learn all they can and there is something waiting for them at the end of the rainbow.  Go for the gold, don’t let anything stand in your way of what you want to do and you will succeed.”

Graduate Sharon Burrill (pictured) is a receptionist with Marrow Family Eye Care in Harrisonburg.
Graduate Sharon Burrill with campus director, David Zimmerman.

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KNOXVILLE
PHYSIOLOGY CLASS DEVELOPS A UNIQUE ASSIGNMENT

PHYSIOLOGY CLASS DEVELOPS A UNIQUE ASSIGNMENT

Recently at the Knoxville Campus, the Physiology class was studying cells which are the foundation of the class.  Cells, as we know are the building blocks or our bodies.  Cells grow into tissue then into organs and then create systems.  One of the students proposed a novel idea in that she could make a cake replicating a three dimensional cell.  The entire class then became interested in the project and all 22 students participated.  Two students created cakes and others used Jell-O, play-dough and other arts and crafts materials.  Health care director Barb Neblett was very impressed, “I thought their imagination and resourcefulness was excellent.  This was a great learning tool for the students so they could process the cellular structure in a three-dimensional aspect rather than the two-dimensional textbook.”    The students took a lot of pride in their projects and Cynthia Chadwell added, “Creating the cell helped us learn by hands-on experience in having to label all of the structures and we had a lot of fun doing it.” Barb also mentioned that the students have proposed to continue with additional creative ideas.
 

Physiology class students created 3-D models of cells using various arts and crafts materials.
 


COLUMBUS
OUTREACH MOBILE COACH VISITS CAMPUS

OUTREACH MOBILE COACH VISITS CAMPUS


The Columbus Campus likes to be involved with the community, and recently arranged for the Outreach Mobile Coach come to the school.  This is part of Mount Carmel Outreach, a program in Central Ohio that seeks to provide healthcare to the underserved members of the community who have limited access to health care services and who don’t have the ability to pay for the care that they need. 

This service is provided in a large bus that travels throughout Central Ohio.  It is equipped to provide various healthcare services.  Ladonya Brady, clinical manager with Mount Carmel Outreach, explained that people can come to the urgent care coach to get a physical exams, health assessments and screenings, diagnoses and treatments, referrals, and case managements.  When the Outreach Mobile Coach came to the Columbus Campus, Ladonya invited the students and faculty onto the bus so that they could see the equipment, examining area, and ask any questions that they had.

The students found this experience to be quite valuable to their education and future careers, and it offered them a different perspective in healthcare provision.  It helped them see things from the viewpoint of people who are disadvantaged in regards to insurance and access to care.  “It gave me the knowledge for when I’m working to be able to help those that are uninsured or unable to get to clinics/offices to get treatment they need,” said student Skylar Webster.   

Participants in the Outreach Mobile Coach are (l) to (r): student Faithia Pugh,  clinical manager of Mount Carmel Outreach, LaDonya Brady, and student Skylar Webster.


 
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