Jill Morson Takes KC Degree International

April 25, 2014

Jill Morson Takes KC Degree International

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 mpolczynski@kaskaskia.edu. For information on the Medical Sonography program, contact Cindy Hoffmann at 618-545-3365 or choffmann@kaskaskia.edu.