Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Holiday Spirit

Since 1993, The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles has sponsored “Holidays from the Heart.” This is a program that provides their “most financially challenged families with basic tools to enjoy a fuller and happier holiday season.” The program consists of purchasing gifts for these families who have children who are chronically ill or injured or those that are financially unable to provide for themselves and their children during the holiday season.

This will be the second year for NSSLHA at CSULA to work with "Holidays from the Heart" and adopt a family to support. Every contribution is greatly appreciated. Please put all your considerable donations in Locker #8. You will really be helping this family with food and clothing to stay warm for the holidays. In addition, there is a box in the clinic prep room where we are gladly accepting any food and canned good donations for the food drive.

NSSHLA greatly appreciates all the donations that have already been made. We thank you and hope to meet our goal of raising $600 for the family. Currently, we have almost $200 in donations.

If you have questions please contact any NSSLHA officer.
Thank you, again, for your generosity and for helping NSSLHA help a family in need!
Have a wonderful holiday

And the Winners are.....

The votes have been counted and the winners of the NSSLHA 2008 Elections are…

Caroline Lee

Vice President
Irene Rojas

Rachel Dorr

John Gomez

Newsletter Editor
Julie Han

Undergraduate Representative
Jillian Brotman

Monday, November 12, 2007

NSSHLA Candidates

Hey all!

The candidates for 2008 NSSHLA officers are in.
Voting will take place next week.
Ballots will be passed out in your classes.
When you are ready-please turn in your completed ballot form to the Prep Room.
There will be a box marked "nominations" towards the end of the Prep Room (by the refrigerators).
Please have your ballots in by next Wednesday.
For information on the candidates-please see the glass box outside the Prep Room.I

Good Luck

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Novmeber 2007 Minutes

Thanks to Cheryl and Kristin, our class of 2007 graduates, for their insightful information on becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. These girls graduated in the summer of 2007 and are currently doing their Clinical Fellowship. Kristin is in the hospital setting and Cheryl in the school setting. The girls were very informative and excited to share their experiences with us. Here is what we learned:

Kristin-Kristin works at two hospitals and her hours are from 8am to 7pm. Her setting also requires her to work some weekends and occasionally on holiday. Unfortunately, she has to work on thanksgiving L. Kristin has about 6 to 10 people on her caseload. About 75% of her caseload are swallowing, Dysphagia, patients. She also has patients with Dysarthria, and Cognitive/Language Delays. A typical day for Kristin includes seeing new orders, then treatment. Kristin says it is all about the patient’s, new order, and Medicaid billing.

Cheryl-Cheryl works for LA Country and her hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm. She has approximately 65 clients on her caseload. (Don’t worry guys- this is not a typical caseload, it is because the school she works at is low on staff). She predominately works with students with language disorders. A typical day for Cheryl includes training, meetings, and IEP’s. Cheryl gets training in ASHA, KASA, PECS, and materials. Her training is paid for. Cheryl says it is all about the students, parents and productivity.

Both of these hard working girls receive benefits and pension plans.

So here is the hard question? How do we decide where to work? What has better benefits? What appeals to each and every one of us as individuals?
Her is a breakdown:

School Benefits:
Work less days
Less hours
Paid Training
Holidays off
Weekends off

Hospital Benefits:
Better pay
New challenges
Variety of Cases
Medical Miracles
Time and ½ for holidays
Less caseload

Follow Guidelines and Be Safe!!! Don’t get MASA (staff infection), don’t get bit, and don’t wait for answers.

You go from the learner to the expertYou make all the decisions.