Health Professions in the News
Nursing Students Jamaica Clinical Trip
Two Maryville Nursing students, Alex Wilson and Renee Breier, and their Instructor, Lisa Sitler spent Christmas Semester Break in Jamaica. It was work with some fun thrown in. They worked in Falmouth, Jamaica in a Clinic Infirmary at an All Age School, Infant School and the Government Health Facility. They rotated sites and worked with two pediatricians and a dentist, saw over 250 patients for the week, on average of 50 patients a day. Senior Nursing student Alex Wilson dealt with two head injuries at the All Age School, while Senior Nursing student Renee Briar dealt with adult patient issues regarding diabetes, high blood pressure and women’s health issues.
They worked with Matron Icee, Matron being the highest level of RN in Jamaica. She is famous for her work in the Infirmary, which houses mental patients, geriatrics and the poor. The facility she runs is amazing; every patient has to interact with other patients and staff. No patients stay in bed and she has NEVER had a bed/pressure sore in her facility! She has won numerous awards for her outstanding work in Jamaica; she travels all around the country teaching other facilities to run the same as hers.
They spent 7 days of their break in Falmouth, Jamaica working side by side with nursing students from Graceland University in Kansas City, Missouri. They made Jamaican friends and Graceland University friends that will last a lifetime. The first six days were spent working and the last day spent on the beach. They went on a float trip and swam in the Luminous Lagoon and were able to interact with the locals during working times and also after clinical hours (shopping in local bazaars and markets). Word spreads quickly when medical teams arrive at the clinic.
Music Therapy on CBS News
Music Therapy on CNN
A recent CNN News report on Anderson Cooper’s 360 Program explored the treatment of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by showing medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta experiencing rehab at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He described the team concept of treatment and clearly showed the role of music therapy.
Maegan Morrow, MT-BC, Sam Houston State University alum and music therapist at TIRR explained her work as she facilitated a session with Dr. Gupta as client.
On his blog, Dr. Gupta describes music therapy as his “favorite therapy!”