Clinical Experience

CERTIFICATIONS California Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Basic Life Support Certification from the American Heart Association Hospital Fire and Life Safety Certified VOLUNTEERS DEPARTMENT | LOS ROBLES HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER Volunteer (1500+ hours total) 01/2007- Present Patient Pal (approx. 400 hours) Serve patients on a weekly basis by delivering meals and providing them with companionship …

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CERTIFICATIONS

California Certified Nursing Assistant Certification
Basic Life Support Certification from the American Heart Association Hospital Fire and Life Safety Certified

VOLUNTEERS DEPARTMENT | LOS ROBLES HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER

Volunteer (1500+ hours total)

01/2007- Present
  • Patient Pal (approx. 400 hours)
    Serve patients on a weekly basis by delivering meals and providing them with companionship
  • Chairperson of the Day (approx 400 hours)
    Coordinated the floater shift, managed telephone calls, delegated tasks to floaters, maintained log of volunteer tasks
  • Floater (approx. 700 hours)
    Discharged patients, transport blood and specimens, guide trainees

ST. JOHN’S CLINICAL EXTENDER INTERNSHIP | ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL           

Medical Intern
 02/2012 – 04/2013
  • Assisted nurses and certified nursing assistants in performing basic patient care tasks.
  • Performed activities of daily living in acute care, telemetry, ICU, labor and delivery, cardiac care and ER

CSUCI NURSING PROGRAM CLINICALS | LOS ROBLES HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER AND ST. JOHN’S PLEASANT VALLEY HOSPITAL

  • Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center- East Campus

Transitional Care Unit

08/2014-12/2014

  • Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center- West Campus

Medical Surgical Unit

01/2015-05/2015

  • St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital

Acute Care Unit

08/2016- 12/2016

About Me

Welcome to my page! My name is Christina Caranica, and I am a student at California State University Channel Islands.  I am majoring in both Nursing and Psychology.  I have volunteered in the hospital since I was in high school, and this is what fueled my interest for the nursing field.  I have always loved …

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Welcome to my page! My name is Christina Caranica, and I am a student at California State University Channel Islands.  I am majoring in both Nursing and Psychology.  I have volunteered in the hospital since I was in high school, and this is what fueled my interest for the nursing field.  I have always loved the interpersonal aspect of nursing and I am currently enjoying my learning experience as a student nurse.

In the past, I worked as an intern at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, and I currently work for Assisted Home Health Services as a CNA. These experiences have given me a good grasp of the basic nursing skills, an essential part of the nursing role. Moving forward, I hope to grow as a health care provider, and more importantly, as a person as I continue to work with patients in need.  I would really love to work with a more vulnerable population, such as cancer patients. I am still a work in progress, but I cannot wait to apply everything that I learn in nursing school and life in general in my career as a future nurse!

About me

  I am currently a nursing student at California State University Channel Islands in the class of 2018! My goals are to graduate from nursing school, pass the NCLEX, and to find an area of nursing I’m passionate about along the way. What makes me stand out from others is the trait of perseverance that …

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I am currently a nursing student at California State University Channel Islands in the class of 2018! My goals are to graduate from nursing school, pass the NCLEX, and to find an area of nursing I’m passionate about along the way. What makes me stand out from others is the trait of perseverance that allows me to overcome adversity. I have completed my AA in Natural Sciences at Oxnard College and have completed my minors in Biology and Psychology at CSU Channel Islands. I have prior experience working as a CNA and am currently working as a sub-Health-Technician for the Pleasant Valley School District here in Camarillo.

Clinical Experience

September – November, Fall 2014 NRS 201: Introduction to Professional Nursing/Fundamentals St. Johns Regional Medical Center, Oxnard Units: Rehabilitation Unit   January – April, Spring 2015 NRS 221: Nursing Care of the Adult With Acute & Chronic Illnesses I Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura Units: Medical-Surgical Unit, Operating Room, Telemetry Unit   May – June, …

September – November, Fall 2014

NRS 201: Introduction to Professional Nursing/Fundamentals

St. Johns Regional Medical Center, Oxnard

Units: Rehabilitation Unit

 

January – April, Spring 2015

NRS 221: Nursing Care of the Adult With Acute & Chronic Illnesses I

Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura

Units: Medical-Surgical Unit, Operating Room, Telemetry Unit

 

May – June, Summer 2015

NRS 241: Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Vista Del Mar Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Ventura

Units: Adolescent Unit, Adult Unit

 

August – October, Fall 2015

NRS 222: Nursing Care of the Adult With Acute & Chronic Illnesses II

West Hills Hospital, Woodland Hills

Units: Medical-Surgical Unit

 

August – December, Fall 2016

NRS 222: Nursing Care of the Adult With Acute & Chronic Illnesses II

St. Johns Pleasant Valley Hospital, Camarillo

Units: Medical-Surgical Unit, Wound Care, Subacute Unit, Emergency Unit

 

Drugs in Hematology and Immunology

Jane Han
acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)

Route: PO
Purpose: prophylaxis of transient ischemic attacks and MI, pain, inflammatory disorders, and fever
Action: decrease platelet aggregation, produce analgesia and reduce inflammation and fever by inhibiti…

Jane Han
acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
aspirin
Route: PO
Purpose: prophylaxis of transient ischemic attacks and MI, pain, inflammatory disorders, and fever
Action: decrease platelet aggregation, produce analgesia and reduce inflammation and fever by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins
Side effects: tinnitus, GI bleeding, hepatotoxicity

Sports Injuries and Fractures

Jane Han
ORIF (Open Reduction with Internal Fixation)

1. Hospital Procedure
2. Prevent Infection
3. Cough & Deep Breathing
4. Physical Therapy
5. Elevate the Affected Limb Above the Heart

Jane Han
ORIF (Open Reduction with Internal Fixation)
orif
1. Hospital Procedure
2. Prevent Infection
3. Cough & Deep Breathing
4. Physical Therapy
5. Elevate the Affected Limb Above the Heart

Education for the Patient

Jane Han Colonoscopy I think patients learn best when they are ready to learn. For example, they may be concerned about diet restrictions or possible side effects of a colonoscopy procedure. Inherently, I would first want to discuss the process of the procedure and address diet restriction or side effects afterwards. But I think addressing … Continue reading Education for the Patient

Jane Han
Colonoscopy
colonoscopy
I think patients learn best when they are ready to learn. For example, they may be concerned about diet restrictions or possible side effects of a colonoscopy procedure. Inherently, I would first want to discuss the process of the procedure and address diet restriction or side effects afterwards. But I think addressing their concerns first before going over the procedure could better serve patient teaching and learning. A patient’s concern can contribute to feeling anxious. I think that once I address the concerns of the patient, they may be more open to learning. For example, in this scenario, I would first let them know that they will be on a clear liquid diet (fat free broth, vegetable juice, pulp free juice) starting the noon 1 day before, then review possible side effects like bloating and cramping, minor bleeding and unlikely, but possible perforation to the colon wall. Once they indicate that they are ready for further learning, I would then teach them what the procedure is and what to expect during the procedure, the reason for the procedure and what would happen if any abnormalities were indicated. I would share with them colon cleansing procedures like bowel preps and also let them know whether any of their current medications may be held or could still be taken. Mostly, I would assess the patient’s readiness to learn and use verbal communication for patient teaching.

Hannah Kaya: Major Medical Topics addressed in the 2016 Elections

  This article gives the facts on two medical issues being voted on in this year’s election: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-the-2016-election-results-mean-for-health/ Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use Legalization of Physician-assisted Suicide

 

This article gives the facts on two medical issues being voted on in this year’s election: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-the-2016-election-results-mean-for-health/

  1. Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use
  2. Legalization of Physician-assisted Suicide

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What happened when I disconnected from technology for a day

This semester has been a heavy one for me. Every one of my courses has at least one writing assignment due every week. At first I though, great! This will make me a better writer! Nope, not even close. It has made me a cloistered, joyless hermit. So after having three papers due in three … Continue reading “What happened when I disconnected from technology for a day”

computerThis semester has been a heavy one for me. Every one of my courses has at least one writing assignment due every week. At first I though, great! This will make me a better writer! Nope, not even close. It has made me a cloistered, joyless hermit.

So after having three papers due in three consecutive days, I stepped away from the computer on Friday and didn’t open it again until Sunday. I simply couldn’t bear to be in front of the cursed machine. This was a good move. Instead of being a zombified nursing student with a thousand yard stare, I was a person. I had a name, thoughts, feelings, the works. It felt great to be back and with improved mental health.

But it was kind of a mistake for my academic health. I forgot that I had two other assignments due that week. I worked on them both today even though they are late (this is one of them :/). Oh well. Some things fall through the cracks, but this ship will sail on. I can’t wait until I can disconnect again sometime in December. Until then ?

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Disconnected

I know I’m a little late on this post, but it was so hard for me to disconnect this past week. With the election, neuro exam, work emails and texts, SNA emails, my online class, or just needing my phone … Continue reading

unplug

I know I’m a little late on this post, but it was so hard for me to disconnect this past week. With the election, neuro exam, work emails and texts, SNA emails, my online class, or just needing my phone by me in case my kids needed me or something happened to them, I wasn’t able to find a time to disconnect for too long. This morning I was able to finally take a little reprieve from technology while at my daughter’s playoff soccer game. I was able to pay attention 100 percent. I also had wonderful interactions with family that was there with us. We cheered for her, my son hugged on me, and we even chatted and threw a football around after the game. It was wonderful to have that interaction and human touch. After that, we stopped by my parents’ house and I didn’t take my phone in. It was nice to visit with my nephew, sister, and parents without feeling the need to look down at my phone for any reason.

I definitely think that we miss out on so much going on around us when we looking down at our phones or typing away on our computers or watching mindless television. I want to practice disconnecting and being more present with the human beings who are there in front of me. Thank you for this assignment, it takes something like this to shake my world up a bit and take a look at something in a different way.