TPJ 3M – Health Care 11

January 15, 2014

Health Care Portfolio

As your final task, you will prepare a portfolio of your work, which will include :

(1) Covering page/ intro page (depending on what format you choose to compile this)

(5) assignments which interested you the most, this can include your childrens book, and your community health initiative.  Any of the assignments posted on this page can be included in your health care portfolio.

(2) Career investigations  (As per the November 6 Career assignment)

(1) Ontario Skills passport work plan or individual pathways plan

(1) Explanation of why having a current portfolio is important for career development and advancement.


You are to compile this work, in the form of : A Microsoft Word Document, A Power Point Presentation, a webpage, or a video.

This assignment is due Friday, January 23.

January 14, 2015 – Ontario Skills Passport

Visit the Ontario Skills Passport here –

Navigate to the section of “Use the OSP to support the development of your IPP”

From there, choose “Choose a self-assessment”

Start with “Tasks I do in Everyday Life” and “Tasks I do or have done at work”

If you are prompted for an NOC code, you may choose from one of the following –

3152 – Registered Nurse,   3234 – Paramedic,  3414, Other health care provider

When you have completed the Self Assessment, save the resulting page as a PDF and print out the result for reference.  This will be involved in you health care portfolio.



January 8, 2015 – X-Rays online

Today, you will be looking at X-Rays online.  Do a google image search to find X-Rays of the following :







Find 4 X-Rays that display fractures in bone

In the end, I would like you to construct 2 entire human skeletons using x-ray images found online, as a class.  1 of a healthy individual, and 1 with at least 2 broken bones.




December 18, 2014 – 3-D Printing and Health Care

From our interesting discussion yesterday, we are going to dig a little deeper in to 3-D printing today.

Research exactly how prevalent the use of 3-D printing is in the health care industry, and answer the following questions, to be included in your health care portfolio :

1.  When was the first application (use) of 3-D printing in health care?

2.  What are common costs associated with 3-D printing in health care?

3.  Are there any procedures that are considered “common” that involve 3-D Printing?

4.  What is the likelihood that a 3-D Printer could fully replace a finger or toe, if it is severed or mutilated?

When done, you may use your time to work on your 8 page booklet if you are not complete, or to finish yesterday’s questions.

December 17, 2014 – Public Health Care Information

Look at the website Canada Health Act.

Answer the following question :

1.  What is the determination if a procedure is essential or non-essential, and therefore covered by public health care in Canada.  Is there a list of approved procedures, or is there determination on a case by case basis?

Add this answer to your health care portfolio, we will discuss this before the end of class.


December 10, 2014 – Public Health Care exploration

Over the next week and a half, we will be looking a public health care in Canada.  Today, you will begin by looking at this educational website, Making Medicare (click for link)

Using this website, and other online resources, answer the following questions:

1. When did public health care become universal in Canada?

2. How does Public health care affect the rate of pay of a doctor or nurse?

3. Are there any other countries in Canada that have a system similar to Canada?

4. Are there aspects of a 2-tiered system already in place?  Are there any examples of this?


December 1, 2014 – Communicating Health care to children

Your task today is to begin creating an 8 page book, aimed at children, to help them understand health care as it pertains to their lives.

A rough outline of the book will look as follows :

Page 1 – Title Page

Page 2 – Table of Contents/ Introduction to health care

Page 3 – Your body – Skeleton and Muscular System

Page 4 – Your Body – Digestive and Respiratory System

Page 5 – Common Ailments – The Cold/ The Flu

Page 6 – Common Ailments – Sprains, Strains, Broken Bones.

Page 7 – Common Ailments – Diabetes, Concussion

Page 8 – Local Resources – Hospital, Clinic, Northwest health unit.

This document will be a great inclusion in your health care portfolio.  We have access to a colour printer, so make it colourful!  Use Microsoft Word or Adobe Indesign, if possible.

Begin planning out and gathering images today, we will be using class time this week to assemble this document.

November 28, 2014 – Ontario Skills Passport.

As required by Expectation D3.3, you are required to demonstrate an understanding of and apply the Essential skills that are important for success in the health care industry, as Identified in the Ontario skills passport.

Click to visit the Ontario Skills Passport.

The skills you are required to demonstrate an understanding of are:

Document Use, Decision making, and Finding Information.

Find these skills listed in the passport and take an initial assessment of what level you would be at in this passport.

November 28, 2014

What is your health care portfolio?

Course expectation D3.5  states that, as students, you must “maintain an up-to-date portfolio that includes pieces of work and other materials that provide evidence of their skills and achievements in health care (e.g. Passport to Safety certificate, reports, assignments, Ontario Skills Passport Work Plan) and explain why having a current portfolio is important for career development and advancement.

Many of the assignments you have been given so far have been instructed to “save a copy for inclusion in your health care portfolio.”  This is where this comes in to play.  In the coming week, I will be presenting to you what will be expected for a completed portfolio by the end of the semester.  Have a look at the assignments you have completed and which ones you feel would be worthy of inclusion in this.  You may include all of these, but you will only be required to submit your best 6.

November 27, 2014

Multiple Sclerosis – We have now watched the documentary Multiple Sclerosis, the Vikings and Nordic Skiing.

To follow up on learning about multiple sclerosis, Research what two other therapeutic methods of treatment would be, and what a typical pharmaceutical course of treatment might look like.

Record your answers and save to be included in your health care portfolio.

November 18, 2014

Today, in anticipation of getting our CPR certification, we will research the following questions:

1. What are the legal obligations of an individual with First Aid training?  Is a person with First Aid certification legally obligated to help an individual in distress?

2. What are the legal obligations of a doctor or nurse?  Are they bound by any regualtions in lifesaving situations?

3. Are you legally obligated to continue care, once you have initiated care with a person in distress?

4. Are there any laws in place, in Ontario, to protect civilians who are administering first aid?


Record your answers, and we will take them up as a class.  Keep a record of your responses for your health care portfolio.


November 14, 2014

After discussing the Toronto Sick Kid’s campaign for hospital fundraising, we will do the following:

Come up with 3 strategies for helping children’s stays in the hospital be more pleasant.

Describe your strategies and save a copy for your health care portfolio.

November 12, 2014

Team work in the health care field

Today, as we have been introduced to health care team work, picture yourself as the manager in a hospital.  It is your responsibility to creat a culture of professional teamwork.

Think of 4 team building activities that would help create a culture of professional teamwork

Think of 4 best practices within the workplace that would help create/ continue a culture of professional team work.

Save these lists to be included in your professional portfolio.

November 11, 2014

We have been introduced to hand washing techniques today – Review here some government instructions on hand washing.

Canadian Government hand washing website

American government hand washing website

Canadian Government hand hygeine challenge

Take a few minutes to browse these websites and take note of anything new you may discover.

November 7, 2014

With the time change last week, you may have had trouble feeling “yourself” this week.

As the planet revolves around the sun, we now experience more darkness than daylight and with this, people are sometimes affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Read about Seasonal Affective Disorder here : Mayo Clinic

After reading up on Seasonal Affective disorder, with a partner or alone, you are to develop a plan to prevent some of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder head on.  For example, I have taken up swimming this winter to keep my body feeling healthy and active.  I hope this will keep me clear of seasonal affective disorder!

Come up with a list of 3-5 items that will help you deal with seasonal affective disorder.  In order to accomplish this, you may wish to go to the cafeteria, or library, or the cafe area near the trophy case/gymnasium.  You may work with a partner and we will discuss your list of 3-5 items on Monday.  Be sure to check back in with the supply teacher at 3:05 and show her your list of strategies to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

November 6, 2014

Today, after continuing to develop our skills with vital signs, you will be continuing your career portfolio project.  If you were absent for the first day of this, refer back to the October 15 posting.  You will be compiling a portfolio of health care careers to be submitted later in the semester.

The careers you will research today are : Ambulance Paramedic and Blood Phlebotomist.  For each of these careers, you must find the following :

-Education Required

-Details of Job (be specific with this, if there is a large range of duties, please list them all)

-Prospective workplaces/ employers  (where do these people work)

-Job prospects (how many jobs are there out there)

-Rate of pay – Starting rate, and highest end rate.

Research this, and save it in a file you will be able to access again as it will be part of a longer term health care portfolio.

Updated Oct. 30

Today we will start by looking at some Public Health campaigns to see what other campaigns use as their communication methods.

From your work on Monday, you should be well on your way to getting an idea of what your public health campaign will look like.  In addition to your promotional items and web presence, you will need to prepare the following two items to complete this public health campaign :

A poster or pamphlet – If you have this campaign, you will need print material for the public to take home “for more information.”  Make this print material colourful, eye catching, and informative.

A 30 second – 1 minute radio commercial.  Try to ensure the radio commercial has a “hook.”  Make it interesting, but also you must confine yourself to the 30 second – 1 minute window, so it is radio friendly.

Basics of radio advertising : Click Here

Making a radio commercial : Click Here

October 27, 2014

Your community health initiative.  Remember, the purpose of this is to Educate the public about choices and changes that they can make to improve their public health.

By the end of today, you should have the following :

1) A partner (or no partner, if you choose to work alone), and a topic/ focus of your community health initiative.

2) A list of at least 3 promotional items you will create/ order for this community health inititive.  This can include T-Shirts, Balloons, Key Chains, stickers, any thing you think will work to get the message out on your topic.  For each promotional item, you will be required to write a 2-3 sentance explanation regarding why you have chosen this promotional item (ie.. I love T-Shirts and they last a long time…etc etc.)  You will not be required to order anything, but you should at least take a screen shot of the items you wish to order, and get a price quote for these items.

3)  A plan for a web presence for your public health campaign.  This could be a Facebook page, a Twitter account, or a website created using your google k12 account, or anything else (A tumblr, myspace, kik, snapchat, for example.)


October 22, 2014

Community Health Initiatives

Overall Expectation : Identify and describe different types of community health and social services that help people maintain active and healthy lives.


Background : For many ailments relating to personal lifestyle choices, the best remedy is prevention and assistance in people’s personal lifestyle choices.

Today, you will look at 3 public health initiatives here in Dryden and describe them based on the following criteria :

  • -What the focus of the health initiative is.
  • -What suggested steps are to prevent illness or disease
  • -Who is most vulnerable to become ill,  who this initiative is focused at.
  • -What resources are available, both online and within the community.
  • -Has this initiative been successful in improving people’s health?

Your main resource for this activity will be the northwest health unit’s website –

After you have researched 3 different initiatives, start to think about one specific initiative that you would like to create a public information campaign on.  You may wish to look at other existing public information campaigns, such as Flavour Gone and Particip-action.

October 15, 2014

Health Care Careers portfolio

Today, you will start on a longer-term project.  You will be becoming familiar with health care careers.

To begin, you are to look at Personal Support Workers (PSW) and Registered Practical Nurses.  For each of these positions, you are to find :

-Education Required

-Details of Job (be specific with this, if there is a large range of duties, please list them all)

-Prospective workplaces/ employers  (where do these people work)

-Job prospects (how many jobs are there out there)

-Rate of pay – Starting rate, and highest end rate.

Research this, and save it in a file you will be able to access again as it will be part of a longer term health care portfolio.

October 7, 2014

Visit the following sites :


Google flu trends

Are the flu trends consistent from year to year?  What was different about 2009-10?

Now visit this site –

How is the flu vaccine selected?

How are flu vaccines made?

Search to find out how successful vaccine producers have been in predicting what strains of flu are used to create the flu vaccines.

Describe, in your own words, exactly how a flu vaccine works.

We will take up these answers in the last 10 minutes of class.

October 3, 2014

Students are to create a timeline of the study of Human Anatomy.  Students should find significant events in the study of human anatomy and add them to a timeline, when completed they should print their timeline off and submit to the teacher.


Here is a start point for choices of different timeline creators : Google Search

Try to include at least 8 significant events.  This assignment is a response to the questions we had at the end of yesterday’s video in terms of when did the study of Anatomy really start to grow?  How early were people recording observations about the human body?

When complete,  to check the website and complete any outstanding work.


September 30, 2014

Stroke Information – Heart and Stroke Website

Using the above website, and google searching, review the information on Stroke and answer the following questions :

1. What is the most common type of stroke?  What part of the brain does it affect?

2. What is the average age for an individual who experiences a stroke?

3. What are the major effects on the health and well-being of an individual experiencing stroke?

4.  How can individuals prevent or lower their risk factors for having a stroke?

Answer questions and email answers to




September 26, 2014

Today, in our shortened class, we will look at the role of a triage nurse.

Search for information on a Triage Nurse, and answer the following questions :

1. What does the word triage mean?

2. What is involved in a triage nurse’s interaction with a patient?

3. Under what circumstances would a triage nurse not be involved in an emergency room admittance?

Answer questions and submit to

You may be dismissed quietly at 2:30, because of Wednesday’s lunch class. Be quiet in hallways and at your locker.

September 22, 2014

By the end of today’s lesson, you will answer the following :

When was Ebola first discovered as a virus?

How many people have been killed by Ebola to date?

What is the largest outbreak in history?

September 20, 2014

After looking at the standards of practice and ethics of different health care professionals, You are to discuss with a partner and determine 4 overarching standards and ethics that all health care professionals.

List the 4 overarching standards that apply to all health care professionals, and answer the following question –

1.  Picture yourself in a health care employment situation.  What would you do if you saw someone conducting themselves in a fashion that was not consistent with the standards of practice for your professional regulation organization?  Look at the available websites to see if there are any suggestions as to how one should conduct themselves in this situation.

Save your 4 points and the answer to the 1 question in a word document, and email to

September 19, 2014

Visit the following websites, and begin to familiarize yourself with the standards of practice for three different professions :

College of Nurses of Ontario standards and guidelines

College of Dental Hygientists of Ontario standards of practice

College of Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario

Do some colleges seem to have more stringent guidelines than others? How much do the standards change between specific professions?

Tomorrow, we will work at determining some overarching guidelines that govern the standards of practice and ethics of health care in Ontario.


September 17, 2014

  1.  Describe in your own words what Type 2 Diabetes is, and how it affects an individual.
  2.  Describe what lifestyle choices an individual should follow to avoid becoming ill with type 2 diabetes.
  3. How does an insulin pump work?  Describe the mechanism of wearing an insulin pump.
  4. What is the Aboriginal Diabetes initiative?  Describe in terms of phase 1, phase 2, and phase 3.  Has this initiative accomplished anything?

Please email these questions to

September 16, 2014

Aboriginal Diabetes initiative

Today, you will familiarize yourself with the aboriginal diabetes initiative.

Be able to anwser the question : What is the goal of the aboriginal diabetes initiative?

If you have outstanding work, you may use this time to complete work that needs completion.

September 12, 2014

Homeostasis – Human Homeostasis

Homeostasis is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant.

Today, your task is to research 3 diseases resulting from homeostatic imbalance

Once you have found these diseases, please record the following :

Name of disease

Effect on human body

Why the homeostatic imbalance commonly occurs


Compile your list as a Microsoft Word file and submit to


September 9, 2014

In yesterday’s video, it was suggested that one of the leading ways to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is to avoid foods containing nitrosamines.  Nitrosamines are the resulting compound produced when foods containing Nitrates enter the body.

Today’s task is to answer the following 2 questions :

1.  Research a list of foods and other substances that are responsible for nitrates entering the body.  Describe how these foods could be replaced and eliminated in your own and others’ diets.

2.  If an individual close to you was diagnosed with Alzheimers, what supports are there for you to understand how to deal with the individual?  Are there local support networks?  Provincial?  National?  International?

3.  In terms of living arrangements, are individuals with Alzheimers able to live in assisted living homes, nursing homes, or hospitals?  Can individuals with Alzheimers live independently, outside of a facility where care is available?

Answer these three questions and save as a file using Microsoft word.  Save your file as alzheimers_firstnamelastname.     (example – alheimers_loganlang

email your responses to with the subject line “alzheimers.”


September 3, 2014

Most common Diseases and Conditions in Canada

Common Infectious diseases in Canada

Health Care Studies in Canada

Canadian Institute of Health Research

Task – Please send an email to to make a connection with me.

In the email, please list the subject as “connection”

Thank You!