Jill Morson, nee Ruffino, of Pinckneyville took her
Radiology and Sonography degrees to work in the United Kingdom before returning
to the U.S.
Jill is a 2001 graduate from Pinckneyville High School, and
decided to follow in her mother Denise’s footsteps in taking the Radiology
program at KC. And while Denise is an
Interventional X-Ray Technologist in the area, Jill took her studies further by
completing both the Radiology program and the Medical Sonography program and
subsequently working in the United Kingdom.
In Jill’s words, “I moved to the UK in August 2007 to live
with Mitchell, who is now my husband.
Mitch helped me find the job at his local hospital, and I interviewed
for it over the phone. I had to prove my
training and schooling through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
in the UK before applying for a working visa.
The hospital had to get approved for a working permit for me to be able
to fill the position. Thanks to
Ultrasound being in high demand in the UK, I was able work there. I then applied for my working visa, and set
off to live and work in the UK. I worked
for 4 years (from 2007-2011) at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, which
is located in the West Midlands of England.”
“The healthcare system is very different in the UK because
it is run by the National Health Service (NHS) which is government funded. Healthcare is not only available for everyone
in the UK, but it is also free. The
sonographers in the UK dictate their own US reports, where the Radiologist does
all of the dictations here in the US.
This was a major change and a challenge for me. I was mentored by the Chief Radiologist;
spending three months working together on learning how to construct an
Ultrasound report that would be sent directly to the patient's Physician. I found that all of the staff and my patients
at Good Hope were very accepting of me.
I learned a lot about myself, and was able to gain a lot of experience
in my career.”
Jill credits her instructors at KC with not only preparing
her for her career, but taking the extra steps to help her work overseas. “Both Cindy Hoffmann and Mimi Polczynski were
very helpful in the process of applying for my HCPC registration for working in
the UK. I owe a huge thank you for their
assistance in helping me become the valued technologist I am today!”
Jill is currently the team leader of the Ultrasound
Department for Riley Hospital for Children, in Indainapolis, Indiana, one of
the top pediatric hospitals in the nation.
She resides in nearby Zionsville.
She still keeps in touch with her instructors at KC, and
would recommend KC as a starting point for students interested in Radiology and
Sonography. “Both of the Radiology and
Ultrasound programs were very well designed, and offered a great standard of
training,” Jill said. “I was able to
commute from home and the cost of attending a community college was much more
affordable than other University programs.”
For more information on the KC Radiology program, please contact
Mimi Polczynski at 618-545-3363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Medical Sonography
program, contact Cindy Hoffmann at 618-545-3365 or email@example.com.