Students Winning Technical Exhibit Addresses Importance of Diverse Language Skills
A group of radiography students from County College of Morris (CCM) captured the second place award at the 2011 New Jersey Society of Radiologic Technologists Conference in Atlantic City for their technical exhibit on the importance of diverse language skills in healthcare settings.

The exhibit, “Many Nations… One Profession,” consists of recordings in 20 different languages of expressions and directions radiologists consistently use when working with patients.

“X-ray technologists see a lot of diversity in their field, so we picked the 20 top languages and recorded different instructions for conducting chest x-rays, such as ‘Hold Your Breath’ and ‘Don’t Move,’” explained Ambereen Hasib of Hackettstown. Other students who worked on the exhibit were Zainad Hosaini of Parsippany, Nancy Nowicki of Randolph, Jamee Menza of Parsippany, Nancy Sullivan of Long Valley and Mariam Yagoobi of Lake Hiawatha.

Along with that second place award, Hasib also took third place in the conference’s Student X-ray Bee. A total of four CCM students made it to the final round in that competition. More than 100 radiography students from across the state participated in that competition.

“My confidence just soared at the conference,” said Hasib. “It was very informative and showed that they are teaching us really well at CCM. Our professors are great. They push you and they want you to succeed.”

“We’re very proud of our students and their success,” said Denise Vill’Neuve, chair of the Allied Health Department at CCM. “They work very hard in class and in their clinical settings and this success is just additional proof of the strength of their abilities.”

A total of 21 senior radiography students from CCM attended the conference, which took place March 8 – 9. Along with the competitions, the students also attended educational lectures covering the field of imagining.