1. What is your first and last name, current school, which program are you in, and how many years do you have left?
My name is Sara Ingram-Bandur. I’m currently enrolled at Grand Island Central Community College in the HIM program. I’m currently taking classes this semester and my plan is to finish up with classes in the fall.
2. What got you interested in a degree in HIM?
Job security in the future is a big thing to me. Getting a job in a field that has a possibility of not always being around is scary when you think about your future. The medical field is one of the jobs that will always be there, so that was the biggest interest to me. I kind of just looked online at job opportunities in the medical field and for some reason HIM just caught my eye. The specific details and all of the possible job opportunities really helped make my decision.
3. What career path do you intend to pursue once you graduate?
In August of 2015 I accepted a part time coding position at Valley County Hospital in Ord, Nebraska and in July of 2016 I accepted a full time Health Information Management position. At first my career goal was to get a medical coding position and then overtime get a management position, so I did meet both of my career goals. With time, I do hope to move my way up higher within the facility. Everyone at Valley County Health System has been great to work with, which makes the whole experience even better.
4. What have you found to be the most challenging experiences you have had in the HIM program so far?
In my own personal experience, the hardest thing would be having to balance multiple classes with a full time job, but to me that is a good problem to have. All of the health information classes are online, so another hard thing for me is that when I get home after work and do homework, the teachers are not available to answer questions at that exact moment if I have any.
5. If you could change one thing about the HIM program, what would it be?
There’s nothing that I can think of that I would change. I think the program is a great all around program.
6. What is an element of being an HIM program you wish more people understood?
I don’t think a lot of people completely understand what all the health information profession and the HIM program consist of. Many people think that Health Information is just taking care of the medical record, but it’s much more. You have to understand and learn all of the coding, insurance, and billing aspects of the medical field as well as all the rules and regulations, and release of information.
7. What do you think will change about the HIM profession over the next five to ten years? Why?
I think the HIM profession will definitely become more detailed than what it already is as well as more strict. There is going to be more rules and regulations that HIM professionals will need to be aware of.
8. What would you tell someone who is thinking about enrolling in the HIM program?
I would tell the person that is thinking about enrolling how great the program is and that there are so many job opportunities that could be offered within this profession.
9. What is one way you think we could engage the student population in the state HIM association?
I think one way to help engage the student population within the state HIM association would be to host a mini convention for just students. I went to the annual NHIMA convention in Kearney last year and it was overwhelming to me because I was new to the program and didn’t understand everything that was being talked about. I could see it being overwhelming for other students that are just starting out within the program. There is a lot of information that has to be taken in and I think that if there would be a convention for just students that focus on the overall HIM professions as well as specific things within the profession, I think it would really help bring students in.
10. Is there any additional information you would like to share with us?
I would just like to thank you for taking the time to recognize me. The health information program as well as the profession is great to be a part of.