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I posted this photo on my myspace page and my facebook page so I thought I would post it here. Even if your views differ from mine, and your candidate differs from mine, make sure you vote. I just feel this man will do more for the middle class, health care industry, and our personal freedoms as American Citizens. Now, back to studying those damn cardiac drugs.

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Checkoffs I need at Clinicals

I was just going through my list of checkoffs I need by the end of the semester and the end of next semester.
This semester I need to complete:

  • set up a Non-rebreather mask (2)
  • set up an aerosol mask (1)
  • set up a face tent (1)
  • do a peak flow measurement (2)
  • do an acapella (4)
  • IPPB (1)
  • insert an oropharyngeal airway (2)
  • insert a nasopharyngeal airway (2)
  • Nasotracheal suctioning (3)
  • tracheostomy suctioning (4)
  • bedside spirometry (1)

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First Day on the new job

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Well, I started my first day on the new job today. I am officially not a secretary in the emergency department. I am now a Respiratory Care Assistant. That is pretty much the job we are eligible for once we complete the first year of the program. I was pretty much shadowing a couple of therapists today but I did learn the scope of what I'm allowed to do. I can give breathing treatments, O2 checks, and suctioning. I did suction a trach patient today. There are a few things I can't do though. I can't do ABG's unless there is another therapist there, critical care (vent patients), and the emergency room assignment. I did go from about 10 bucks an hour to about 13 bucks an hour. When I'm done training I should get up to the 24 hours a week I had before. I can't wait to tell you more about the job. I'll try to get a picture in my new, all black scrubs for you tomorrow.

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Goodbye Friend

Maj. Jose J. Miranda

Maj. Jose J. Miranda, MD, MPH, of Fayetteville, was born in Puerto Rico on July 10, 1975, to Jose and Mercedes Miranda. He received a commission in the United States Army as a second lieutenant in 1997 to attend Yale School of Medicine on the United States Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. He received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Kansas as a Distinguished Graduate in 1997; his master’s degree from the Harvard School of Medicine in Boston in 2001; and his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine in 2002.

Maj. Miranda completed his internship and academic residency in orthopaedic surgery at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in 2006. His first assignment was a staff orthopaedic surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in 2007. He became board eligible and passed Part I Orthopaedic Surgery Boards in July 2007. Earlier this year, in 2008, he became a member of the Institution Review Board.

Maj. Miranda’s awards include the the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. His decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; and the Army Service Ribbon. In addition, he was very distinguished in his medical career. His medical and education awards include the Eisenhower AMC Outstanding Research Presentation; Outstanding Poster Award for Study of Lumbar Spine; University of Kansas Outstanding Leader in Biology; Sigma Chi Order of the Scroll Recipient; and George C. Ruhle Top Sigma Chi Scholar.

Maj. Miranda will forever be a member of Alpha Company, Womack Army Medical Center, and will be missed by the soldiers, NCOs, officers and civilians of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Womack Army Medical Center.

He is survived by his father, Jose; his mother, Mercedes; his brother, Alex, his nephew, Gavin; and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 tonight, Oct. 5, 2008, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

A memorial Mass will be conducted at noon Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel, with Chaplain Capt. Alan Irizarry officiating.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

from the obituaries page of the Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville North Carolina

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