Rasmussen College Mokena-Tinley Park Campus Takes Part in Medical Assistants Recognition Week

medasstDid you say thank you to a medical assistant the week of Oct. 15-19? Medical Assistants Recognition Week recognizes the contributions medical assistants make to overall healthcare delivery effectiveness. This year, the Rasmussen College Mokena/Tinley Park campus honored medical assistants with a variety of activities. Here’s a recap of the week:

Monday, 10/15 – Stewards Training

On Monday, the Mokena/Tinley Park campus – including two medical assistant students – had  the honor of taking part in crucial training, which involved recognizing and learning how to protect children of child abuse. The workshop was hosted by a clinical physiologist and open to the public. The training is scheduled to be presented and shared with all clinical classes.

Tuesday, 10/16 – Medical Assistants Brown Bag Lunch

Rasmussen College Medical Assistant graduates Victoria Dooley and Kimberly Dunstan spoke to our laboratory skills students in an open forum with questions and answers. The two graduates shared private stories about their externship experiences. Dooley explained the dos and don’ts while on externship, as well as what employers are looking for in potential job candidates. She also spoke of visible tattoos, confidentiality, energy and presentation toward patients and staff.  Lastly, she reminded students of the skills they need to perfect prior to going to their externship.medasst2

Wednesday, 10/17 – Health Fair

On Wednesday, the Mokena/Tinley Park campus played host to Aunt Martha’s Health Center, Meridian Health Care, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Heartland Blood Center and Mangan Health Awareness sharing Shaklee products.

A representative from Aunt Martha’s was on hand providing students with information about services provided by the organization. Students were able to submit resumes for future employment.  

Meridian Health Care was also on campus providing free blood pressure screening and information about their health organization.

Chiro One Wellness Centers was ready to provide spinal screenings and information on special treatments in chiropractic care.

Heartland Blood Centers was also present with their traveling blood mobile. Students and community members were invited to donate blood.

Thursday, 10/18 – Autism Awareness

medasst3On Thursday, student Gina Graefen hosted a round table presentation and discussion about Autism. Graefen, who has an 11-year-old autistic son, shared her moving day-to-day experiences. She gave the audience a sense of awareness in how people judge others before knowing what they are witnessing. She asked audience members to be supportive and not be judgmental when witnessing a parent with an unruly child.

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Nadia La Vieri is the Medical Assisting Program Coordinator at the Mokena/Tinley Park Campus of Rasmussen College. Professor LaVieri joined Rasmussen in May of 2010 and has been instrumental in driving quality in our programs, including shepherding two programs through ABHES Accreditation.

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