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Open Operating Room Event Explores Field of Surgical Technology

Open Operating Room Event Explores Field of Surgical Technology

The Florence Campus recently held an Open Operating Room career night to give those who are interested in a career in surgical technology an inside view of the OR. During the event, program director April Anderson and graduates Nicole Ford and Lindsay Jackson discussed their experiences in the surgical technology field. They later worked with the participants in ANU’s simulated OR lab, guiding them step-by-step through the scrub, gown, and glove process that surgical technologists follow before entering the OR. The participants also got hands-on time with surgical instruments, as they learned about how surgeons use each tool, and watched as Nicole and Lindsay draped a “patient” during a mock surgery demonstration.

“It's awesome, because it's a short experience, and you get to learn a lot.”

Surgical technologists, who are often referred to as “scrubs,” play a vital role in the OR, helping to maintain the sterile field and assisting the surgeon with instruments and equipment. Nicole, who works as a surgical technologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital, told the participants that her job is never boring. “It’s never the same day twice,” she explained. “You could watch three total knee surgeries, all in the same day, and every single one of them would be different. That’s what I love about it.”

“It’s awesome, because it’s a short experience, and you get to learn a lot,” Lindsay said of the surgical technology program at ANU. “It’s a rewarding career.”

A- Graduates Lindsay Jackson (far left) and Nicole Ford (far right) are pictured with Open Operating Room career night participants after walking them through the scrub, gown, and glove process that surgical technologists follow prior to entering the OR for surgery.

B- April Anderson (far right), director of the surgical technology program at the Florence Campus, explained the ways various surgical instruments are used during the Open Operating Room event.

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LEXINGTON
Student Builds on Family Legacy as Third to Enroll at ANU

Student Builds on Family Legacy as Third to Enroll at ANU

Jemeria Buchanan’s bigger-than-life smile immediately tells you she has a tremendous amount of energy and determination, and she has channeled these gifts toward a career in health care. After graduating from the Lexington Campus with her degree in medical assisting, Jemeria has returned to ANU to earn her diploma in medical billing and coding. 

Jemeria, who is employed in a medically-supervised weight loss center, has her short-term and long-term career plans firmly in sight as she completes her second program at ANU, and now that she has started this journey, she knows that additional education will continue to take her to new heights.

“Earning my diploma in medical billing and coding seemed to be a logical step after earning my medical assisting degree. I simply had to get an education so I could work in a career I loved,” she stated. “I worked a number of very unsatisfying jobs, and I could not continue to do that. I wanted to make a better life for myself and my child, so I took the plunge. My sister and my mother had attended ANU, so it was a natural choice for me,”

“I would recommend anyone to look at ANU for a great experience and education; it has started me on an exciting adventure!”

The legacy of having two family members who had attended ANU before her gave Jemeria the inspiration she needed to keep her focus. “My experience at ANU was great. It was challenging at times but my family was my support lifeline. They have been by my side all the way,” she shared. “The instructors and staff have been amazing – encouraging me and helping me succeed. The small classes really helped when I needed extra help. The fact that my mom and my sister had attended here was an added bonus – it inspired me to work hard and finish what I started!”

Once Jemeria opened herself up to pursing an education, she was able to see all the opportunities available to her. “I’m ready to take these credentials and move into my dream job - but I’m not finished with my education,” she stated. “I plan on earning my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the future. I’m a hands-on person, and I love helping people. Health care is my calling. I just had to go for it!” Jemeria stated enthusiastically. “I would recommend anyone to look at ANU for a great experience and education. It has started me on an exciting adventure!”

Medical assisting graduate Jemeria Buchanan returned to ANU for her diploma in medical billing and coding and plans to build on her education even further as she establishes her career in the health care field.


CINCINNATI
Pharmacy Honored for Long-Standing Support of Externship Program

Pharmacy Honored for Long-Standing Support of Externship Program

On October 19, the Cincinnati Campus of American National University had the pleasure of presenting the Distinguished Community Employer Award to a long-standing partner in educating students - the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pharmacy.

Lead pharmacy technician Deirdre McClain, CPhT, and pharmacy technician supervisor Natalie Metz, CPhT, accepted the award on behalf of Cincinnati Children’s Pharmacy. During the award presentation, Cincinnati Campus director Michael Holmes and pharmacy department chair Galina Serikova expressed their sincere appreciation for the pharmacy staff’s hard work and dedication through the years in providing real-world learning opportunities for students completing their externships.

“ANU students are enthusiastic about learning and working in the real-world hospital pharmacy.”

“We would not be able to provide our students with high quality experiences without the participation of Cincinnati Children’s Pharmacy,” stated Galina. “We appreciate the continued commitment from everyone in the Cincinnati Children’s Pharmacy for their outstanding contributions to the professional and educational development of future pharmacy technicians by demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics, and patient care.”

Ms. McClain and Ms. Metz also expressed their shared appreciation for the mutually beneficial partnership. “ANU students are enthusiastic about learning and working in the real-world hospital pharmacy,” said Ms. McClain. “Our pharmacy is full-service and fast-paced, which is the perfect learning environment for ANU externs.”

Lead pharmacy technician Deirdre McClain (left) and pharmacy technician supervisor Natalie Metz (right) accepted the Distinguished Community Employer Award from Cincinnati Campus pharmacy department chair Galina Serikova (center) on behalf of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pharmacy.


ROANOKE VALLEY
Celebrating Navratri

Celebrating Navratri

Recently, students in the master of business administration (MBA) program at the Roanoke Valley Campus celebrated the Indian Hindu festival of Navratri at a community-wide celebration held in Roanoke.

“Nava-ratri” literally means “nine nights,” and the celebration features nine nights packed full of food, dance, and other fun events. The festival is observed twice a year – at the beginning of the summer and the beginning of winter. Though every region in India celebrates Navratri in their own way, the customs and traditions surrounding the event have been around for centuries.

“We try to learn as much as possible about various cultures and traditions so our students will be better prepared to work in a global environment.”

In a nation like India with a myriad of religions, customs, and beliefs, Navratri stands out for its vibrancy and diversity. It is, in many ways, a celebration of celebrations. “I am so proud of my heritage and country, and Navratri is so much fun,” stated MBA student Pratikshaben Patel.

Exposing students to cultural events such as Navratri is important to MBA program director Annette Chamberlin. “We have a very diverse MBA group, and we try to learn as much as possible about various cultures and traditions so our students will be better prepared to work in a global environment,” she explained.

Students and faculty from the MBA program, along with family members of one of the students, celebrated the Indian festival of Navratri together.


MARTINSVILLE
Campus Ceremony Honors Veterans

Campus Ceremony Honors Veterans

On Nov. 10, the Martinsville Campus held a Veterans Day recognition ceremony for students, faculty, and staff. Sergeant Geoffrey Cantley of the Martinsville Army Recruiting Center served as the featured speaker for the event.

“Tell your stories and inspire others to follow!”

 

During his remarks, Sergeant Cantley stressed the importance of showing appreciation for those who have served in the military and discussed support offered to veterans by military associations and the business community. “Thank you for your service,” said Sergeant Cantley to the gathered veterans as he concluded his presentation. “Tell your stories and inspire others to follow!”

Sergeant Geoffrey Cantley of the Martinsville Army Recruiting Center served as the guest speaker for the Martinsville Campus’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony.


DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
Medical Students Become Certified in CPR

Medical Students Become Certified in CPR

Students in Stephanie Slone’s Clinical Medical Assisting class at the Danville, Kentucky Campus recently took an important step toward careers in the medical field when they participated in training to become certified in CPR, a requirement of the medical assisting program at ANU. 

The students spoke very highly of Beverly Hatfield, from Anderson County EMT, who led the training. “Our training was a refresher course for me, with an awesome instructor who went into detail about what we needed to learn,” said medical assisting student Kim Miracle.

“I think it's always good to keep up with new advances and approaches.”

“The training was also a refresher for me, but I think it’s always good to keep up with new advances and approaches,” stated student Gary Roller. “The instructor was very knowledgeable and friendly.”

“[She was a] great instructor, and I learned skills I’m glad I learned, but hope I never have to use,” added student Adrieanna Adams.

Students Thomas Jarrell (left) and Gary Roller (right) are shown practicing CPR during the certification training at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.


HARRISONBURG
Community Members and Business Leaders Come Together for Education Day

Community Members and Business Leaders Come Together for Education Day

The Harrisonburg Campus recently held an Education Day event, bringing local business leaders and community members together around the themes of education and business. The event featured informational sessions led by several guest speakers, including keynote speaker Dr. Scott Kizner, superintendent of the Harrisonburg City school board. A career fair was also held in conjunction with the event, with more than 35 employers speaking with students and members of the public about career opportunities.

“I will receive my diploma in phlebotomy in May, so I wanted to get myself out there and meet people who could potentially be my future employer,” explained student Tabytha Brown. She was one of many students who attended the event, hoping to get a feel for career options available after completing her program at ANU. “It has been great; [everyone is] really welcoming and [you’re] made to feel like you belong,” she stated of her experience at ANU so far.

Two business administration students from the same hometown of Newport News were also making the rounds at the career fair and meeting with multiple employers. Kyle Hunter and Jamal Bayne said they were drawn to ANU after hearing about the great faculty and small classroom environment. “So far everything has been great; I have really learned a lot. The faculty is very insightful,” stated Kyle of his education at ANU.

The information and helpful hints provided by the guest speakers were of particular interest to Jamal, as he is hoping to have his own business one day. “My dad has owned his own business; I have been in sales for many years and that’s my goal, to be a business owner,” he said. 

“I wanted to get myself out there and meet people who could potentially be my future employer.”

Education Day proved to be a success for students and the community alike. The Harrisonburg Campus hopes to host many more events like this one in the future.

A- Guest speaker Kai Degner, owner of LiveHB Media LLC, discussed tips and strategies for effective listening.

B- Business administration students Kyle Hunter (left) and Jamal Bayne (right) found the information provided at the Education Day event especially helpful as they prepare to enter the business world.


CHARLOTTESVILLE
Mary Oxenrider – Instructor – Difference Maker

Mary Oxenrider – Instructor – Difference Maker

Difference Maker Mary Oxenrider has always had an interest in technology and enjoys sharing that with her students. She has been a faculty member in the information technology department at the Charlottesville Campus since 2014. She is a graduate of American National University, having attended both on campus and through ANU Online.

“As a graduate of ANU, I am able to guide my students with my own experiences. I can show them how to make sure they are getting the most for their time with us. I feel I am giving back what was given to me years ago!”

“I feel I am giving back what was given to me years ago!”

“Our students are dedicated and really want to be here learning. My students know they can call, email, or text me any time, and that includes even when they aren’t in my class anymore. I offer them support and encouragement always!”

“It is fascinating to see the transformation in the way students carry themselves. By the time they have completed their program, they stand straighter, dress more professionally, and even speak better.”


PRINCETON
Campus Contributes Handmade Scarves for Veterans

Campus Contributes Handmade Scarves for Veterans

Operation Gratitude is an organization that runs donation drives to send touches of home to active duty troops, veterans, first responders, Wounded Warriors, and care givers. Recently, their request was for warm homemade scarves and hats to send to the troops, and the students, faculty, and staff of the Princeton Campus were happy to use their knitting talents to donate to the cause.

“I decided I should use some of the yarn I had stashed away for a good cause.”

It takes at least five hours to make just one scarf, and the campus participants were able to contribute eight handmade scarves for military service men and women. “I read an article on how much our troops enjoy getting the scarves and having a piece of home with them,” explained student services representative Patricia Mitchem of why she wanted to participate in the service project. “I decided I should use some of the yarn I had stashed away for a good cause.”

As American National University’s mission statement proclaims, graduates “should understand and practice their responsibilities to their families, their fellow men, and their communities by becoming effective and contributing citizens.” With this in mind, campuses of ANU regularly provide opportunities for students to become involved in community service initiatives, such as this, that will contribute to their personal growth while also giving back to the community.

(L to R) Student services representative Patricia Mitchem, IT instructor Lucille Sisk, and student Holly Kadar contributed handmade scarves for military service men and women.


 
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