The Nursing Assistant of Tomorrow

I found this excellent chart courtesy of BoingBoing.net.  Originally featured in an editorial in  the New England Journal of Medicine, the chart demonstrates just how far medicine has come in the last 100 years.  Not only are far fewer people dying per capital of disease, but so many afflictions, diseases and disorders have been cured.  This is an amazing recent record of achievement, discovery and improvements in technology and human knowledge.  As medicine has taken this quantum leap, medical office personnel – certified nursing assistants and medical assistants have been an instrumental part of the process.  Its interesting to think what the roles, functions and duties of CNAs and medical assistants may have looked like 100 years ago.  Or what nursing assistant training programs may have consisted of?  Likely, the difference would be about as dramatic as the difference in this chart.

The Medical Nursing Assistant and the Olympic Hurdler

The nature of health care giving and Olympic athletics has remained unchanged for centuries.  Medical care givers like nurses and medical office assistants have to be diligent, caring, competent and kind to succeed.  Olympic athletes need to be conditioned, determined, and in top physical shape to find success.  Yet, the unceasing march of technology and science has had an amazing transformative effect on both these occupations.  For the modern nursing assistant, there is a world of new medical technology and practices that didn’t exist 100 years ago and which they must be educated on in order to be effective.  For Olympic athletes too, science has provided astounding leaps in performance.  When the first Olympic marathon took place in 1896, it was believed that such a run could be deadly for the athlete.  That year only eight of the first Olympic marathon runners finished the contest successfully.  A horse groom named Spiridon Louis from Greece won the race in 2:58:50.  112 years later In Beijing, Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya won the marathon on a sweltering day with a time of 2:06:32.  In but 100 years, the Olympic marathon winner bested the original winner’s time by 29% even in spite of the modern race course being more than 2 kilometers longer than the 1896 course.

Science has been steadily improving the abilities of Olympic athletes.  In a fascinating article at Wired.com, the lengths to which scientific study has been used to enhance athletic ability are examined in depth.  Read about how US hurdle champion Lolo Jones is using a team of 20 researches with state-of-the-art high speed cameras to deconstruct her performance as part of her training for the upcoming Olympic games in London.  It is amazing to learn about the sophisticated science being used to make runners faster, jumpers higher and swimmers sleeker.  The same rapid advance of science is also at work in the medical field and Allen School is dedicated to turning out graduates with training in the latest and greatest medical science has to offer.

Fun in the New York Sun

Yes Allen School students, the Summer has arrived.  Yesterday’s Summer Solstice marked the beginning of hot fun in the city.  Studying to earn your certificate in medical billing and coding or medical office assistant should always be your top priority.  BUT! – its also important to have yourself a little fun to keep that work/leisure balance.  Moreover, you need not break the bank to have a good time, even in and around expensive NYC.  The Daily News published an article revealing the more than 1000 free musical and other performance events taking place beginning today and going on over the course of the Summer.

Of course there’s always the beach which is mostly free and always a great way to cool down.   This Saturday is the famous Mermaid Parade on Coney Island which is free, fun and comes with a heaping side order of sun, sand and surf.  Here’s a link to all the latest info on happenings on Coney Island.

For a list of alot of free music events in New York City visit: makemusicny.org.  If you know of low-to no-cost events around the 5 boros, feel free to share them with your classmates in the comments section below.  Most of all remember as the Summer heats up, Stay Cool Allen School!

Time for a Diet

Allen School Online Blog frequently shares stories dealing with healthy eating (or lack thereof) and the ramifications our diets have on society and the environment.  So you can imagine how interested we were to find the following information courtesy of LiveScience.  We all know the developed world is struggling with the ravages of morbid obesity driven by increased access to nutrition, out of control portion sizes and dwindling levels of physical activity.  But nothing could have prepared us for the statistic showing that the entirety of global humanity currently weighs 17 million tons more than our collective body weight should be.  As their eye-opening article points out, this is the equivalent to having an extra 242 million people on the planet.  Its enough weight to counterbalance 170 aircraft carriers on the other side of the scale.  That’s a lot of body fat.  Too many KFC Double Downs and Taco Bell Doritos Tacos.  Of course, it is the US at the top of the list of most overweight nations.  Not surprisingly, the least overweight countries are found in Africa and Asia.  The serious health ramifications of such an overabundance of obesity pale in comparison to the inevitable ecological side effects we’re sure to endure as projected human populations add another 2.3 billion lives by 2050.  As medical industry professionals, students are certain to be involved in the front lines of the battle against obesity which is shaping up to be the number one health challenge of the 21st century.

10 Things Your Job Interviewer Won’t Tell You

US News and World Report published a truly excellent piece explaining some of the major mistakes and missteps made by job applicants.  In this age of high competition for a scarce number of jobs, there are very small margins for error in the interviewing process.  Even things that seem like positives (showing up early for example) can be negatives.  Other things we may not even think about – like talking too much – are also potential deal breakers.  Go have a look at the list here and sound off in the comments if you’ve ever made any of these mistakes.

Front Page News (Again!)

Seems like a day doesn’t go by where I wake up an fail to see a story on the front page of some news outlet hawking the good news about jobs in the medical billing and coding field.  Today, of course, was no exception.  Upon logging on this morning, I saw the story linked here entitled, “Six Careers That Are Built to Last” penned by Christine Trang.  I will give our regular readers here at the Allen School Online Blog one guess as to which career field was sitting atop this list?  If you guessed “medical and health services manager” give yourself a cookie, or whatever your favorite reward is for being so smart.  Yes indeedy, it comes as no surprise that people studying medical billing and coding or medical office assistance are positioned well to enter a field that just continues to grow and that is exceptionally stable in an economic environment that is anything but.  So keep up the studies y’all.  You’re on the right track and it is validated each day in the media.

Hiring Managers Requiring Your Facebook Password?

We’ve recently been following stories of hiring managers and employers who require job candidates to share the passwords to their Facebook and other social media profiles.  The idea here is that the employer or hiring manager can then log into the candidate’s social media profiles and “poke around” to make sure there’s nothing untoward or otherwise disqualifying about the job seeker.   Does your personal life outside of work have any bearing on your qualifications for a job?  Do employers have a right to peer into your life outside of the workplace as a prerequisite to offering you a position?  Yahoo! has a short video report about the trend here.  View the video and then share in the comments about whether or not you feel this is acceptable recruitment practice or a grievous overreach on the part of employers.

BLS: 19,000 Medical Office Jobs Added in April Alone!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an Employment Situation Summary wherein it examines the state of hiring in different career fields.  The latest Summary revealed that in April 2012 alone, more than 19,000 new jobs in medical fields were added to the American workforce.  That’s quite an impressive number given the overall sad state of affairs regarding employment in general.  Better yet, the top of the list, the number one job title in the medical field for new jobs added in April was none other than Medical Assistant.  Also in the top 5 was Medical Records and Health Information Technician.  Aren’t you pumped to be involved in studies at the Allen School Online now?  Compared to students in other fields of study, this report would indicate that you’ll have an easier time finding work once you receive your certification than others.  You’re so smart!