About Mrs. Rutherford...
Position: CTE Medical Professions Instructor and Registered Nurse
Welcome to the Medical Professions Program!
Do you dream of being a...
Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Assistant, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, Dental Hygienist, Surgeon, Paramedic, Counselor, Nurse Anesthetist, Physical Therapist, Medical Sonographer, Nurse Midwife, Personal Trainer, and more?
I would love to have you your junior and senior year for Medical Professions 1 & 2!
Our 2 year program is designed to prepare you for the skills you will need going into the medical field. You will get a head start and better prepared for college programs, including nursing and medical school. This is a hands-on program with a majority of simulations, labs, and activities.
In Med Pro 1 junior year, you will:
-Have health career exploration
-Engage in medical ethics discussions
-Identifying medical terminology
-Interpret human behavior and recognize stages of human development
-Present on various disease-focused anatomy topics
-Prioritize emergency first aid care and Stop the Bleed hemorrhage care certification
-Apply communication and patient care principles
In Med Pro 2 senior year you will:
-Evaluate patient and resident safety
-Demonstrate patient care skills in simulation
-Communicate in healthcare settings using medical terminology
-Provide care to real patients and residents through a clinical rotation
-Practice planning disease management
-CNA certification (required or highly recommended for most nursing schools)
-Mentorship and help with college and career prep
My Education and Professional Background
My love of teaching has been full throughout my nursing career.
While I was in nursing school,I was the chair of my Student Nurses Association Mentor/Mentee Program. I graduated with my Bachelors in Nursing Science with a minor in Biology from Northern Arizona University. I started my career as an RN in Alaska, where I stayed for 3 years as a Cardiac RN before coming back to Arizona. I specialized in Critical Care and Trauma/Neuro Intensive Care. In the hospital, I trained new nurses, nursing students, and nursing assistants and it was one of my favorite parts of being a Nurse.
When the pandemic hit, my love for teaching nursing had to take a break. I took care of Arizona's sickest COVID-19 patients all over the valley as an ICU Travel Nurse.
This year will be my second year teaching at Basha High School, and I am so excited for another year!
My Educational Philosophy
My Educational Philosophy is that there is no such thing as dumb questions! I encourage natural curiosity and opportunities to grow as a medical professional. I focus on breaking down complex concepts to make them easy to understand while building up confidence to succeed "in the real world" of Healthcare.