Phelps, Paes and You – The Nurse Assistant Training School Student

To make it to your country’s Olympic team in any sport is an enormous achievement.  Olympic athletes train for years and most go home from the Olympic Trials without a spot on the team.  To make it to that vaunted position – and have a chance to compete for the Gold- one must have truly exceptional abilities and a determination to succeed.  To make the team five or even seven times in a row, like American swimmer Michael Phelps (going to Rio for his fifth Olympics) and Indian tennis player Leander Paes (going to Rio for an astounding SEVENTH Olympic Games) is a feat that is almost hard to comprehend.  The focus, drive, single-mindedness of purpose and perseverance required is truly super-human. It should give the reader inspiration to consider that such achievement is possible.  It should also make the challenges involved in enrolling and completing nurse assistant training school seem far more manageable by simple comparison.  If you’ve been thinking about nurse assistant training school as an option, for a better career, greater job security and upward mobility, but you’ve been concerned about how difficult it may be to do it, then you should simply think about Phelps and Paes.  As they head to Rio De Janiero for the Olympics, they should inspire anyone with a goal, a dream or just the desire to succeed. If this American swimmer and Indian tennis player can do the impossible 5 times each, you can do nurse assistant training school once!

Can You Describe an Instance Where You Screwed Up at School or Work?

Healthcare Field Job InterviewThis is the very type of loaded question interviewers are increasingly asking of candidates for job positions.  Ah, how quaint seem the days when they used to ask you about your 3 top strengths and weaknesses.  Listen, the job market is more competitive now than it has ever been.  Hiring managers are forced to sort though thousands of candidates before making the best choice and they are getting more pointed in the questions they’re asking.  They just don’t have the time to beat around the bush and with so many in line for the available jobs, they feel emboldened to ask more penetrating questions.  Questions like: “What bugs you about your co-workers or your current boss?”  or “If you’re currently employed, how do you have time to make this interview?”  They’re fishing for answers that shed light on how you’d be as an employee.  Forbes magazine put out a list of ten new and interesting interview questions used by hiring managers, what they’re really asking and how to best answer them.  Click here to read it before you head out to your next job interview.  You’ll be glad you did!

Medical Assistant Trainees are Aware as Virus Spreads

As always, we here at the Allen School Blog report on emerging public health concerns so that our nurse assistant trainees and other readers are well-apprised of situations as they come to the forefront.  The latest alert we’re issuing here comes via the World Health Organization. The Zika virus is a particularly damaging pathogen which is being communicated via infected mosquito.  The WHO says that Zika is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile.  One of the most troubling effects of Zika is the birth defects the illness produces in the babies of pregnant women.  Zika is suspected of producing microcephaly in fetuses which results in babies born with abnormally small heads.  Once a very rare condition, the spread of Zika has resulted in a spike in the occurrences of microcephaly although WHO chief, Margaret Chan stressed that the link between Zika and microcephaly is not yet confirmed.

According to the WHO, “The virus is already present in 21 of the 55 countries and territories across the Americas, the WHO said in a statement Sunday. But it stressed that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika and also dengue and chikungunya viruses, is already present in all countries in the Americas besides Canada and Chile.”

As for symptoms and diagnosis, the virus in most infected people only means short-lived flu-like symptoms.  However, the WHO says it could be transmitted through blood and had been isolated in human semen meaning there may be a sexual transmission pathway for the pathogen.  In any case, it is important for nurse assistant trainees to know about the latest threats to public health and safety so that they can be as effective as possible in their roles.

Transferring Files to New Computer for Medical Coding Online Classes

file transfer ides for medical coding online classesOne critical piece of hardware relied upon by those taking medical coding online classes (as well as those in medical coding jobs) is the trusty computer.  Whether it is a laptop or a desktop, medical billing and coding as a study topic and a career relies heavily on computers.  They’re a fact of life in this field.  So its very likely that at some point, you’ll be faced with a dying machine or a machine so old, it is more cost effective to replace than repair/upgrade.  When that happens, do you know how to transfer all your files from the old/dying machine to the new one without losing important data or programs? Donna Tapellini writing for Consumer Reports offers the following five steps to safely and effectively migrating your files/data from an old computer to a new one.
  1. Back up your files before you move them.
  2. Transfer your files.
  3. Install your applications.
  4. What about that old printer?
  5. Keep your data to yourself!
For the details on each of these five steps, read Donna’s article here.  The article provides insight into each of these steps including file backup services/procedures, media/processes for transferring files, deciding which applications to migrate and which to leave behind, how to migrate older peripherals like printers and how to keep your data secure. For those taking medical coding online classes, this computer first aid is almost as important as the kind doctors and nurses apply to carbon-based life forms (humans).

Medical Office Assistant Training in Jamaica and Queens New York

There are plenty of good reasons to study medical office assistant training classes.  Beginning an exciting new career, working in a field expected to experience ongoing growth, earning better pay than you could in retail or service jobs, finding satisfaction in helping to heal the infirm are just a few of the reasons why one might wish to take medical office assistant training classes. But, WHERE should one enroll for medical office assistant training?  Is it better to enroll with the Allen School’s medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens, New York or in the actual country of Jamaica? Well, we cannot speak with authority on what kind of schools or programs may be available for those wishing to study medical office assistant training in Jamaica.  But we do know all about studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica Queens.  We do know that the Allen School of Health Sciences campus in Jamaica Queens is easily accessible by public transit.  We know that there are plenty of great things to do in an around campus in Jamaica, Queens.  We know that there is a wide diversity of students from all parts of the world who are living in Jamaica Queens and are part of the rich multi-cultural tapestry exhibited at the Allen School. The one thing about studying in the island nation of Jamaica is the fabulous weather they have in the islands.  Tropical temperatures with that balmy humidity and sunshine.  However, if you’ve been studying medical office assistant training in Jamaica, Queens this week, you’ve had the benefit of sultry, summer weather nonetheless.  So in total, it seems like for studies in the field of health sciences, Jamaica Queens is the better choice.

Reason #765 to take Medical Billing Classes Online: Blizzard-mageddon-zilla!

As of the writing of this post, the northeastern US seaboard sits waiting for the arrival of Winter Storm Juno.  Predicted to be a potentially record-shattering snow event, complete with 2-3 feet of the powdery stuff and sustained 50 MPH winds, Juno (and lord how I HATE that they’re naming winter storms now) threatens to shut down the cities of New York, Boston and others along the northeast. Transit and traffic will come to a standstill.  High winds and heavy snows will knock out power to millions, bread and milk shelves in local groceries will be picked clean (if they aren’t already). Everyone is freaking OUT! But you know who’s calm, poised and veritably un-phased by the imminent snowy destruction?  Students taking medical billing classes online with the Allen School.  That’s who!  Yep.  If you were studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, you’d be all snug in your home, piles of bread and buckets of milk, computer light casting a warm glow on your face, ready to ride out the blizzard-mageddon-zilla.  On days like today and tomorrow and Wednesday, we’re all envious of the men and women who had the forethought to pursue a new career from the comfort of their own homes via medical billing classes online with Allen School. Stay safe and warm.  We’ll check in on you after we’ve dug ourselves out.  In the meantime, enjoy comedian Vic Dibitetto’s viral classic depicting panicked New Englanders when the TeeVee predicts snowstorm.      

Hidden Healthcare Landscapes Beneath a Medical Assistant’s Day-to-Day

intestineLearning to become a medical assistant includes a lot of information about basic anatomy, physiology and a host of other important facts.  What is covered in the medical assistant training course is certainly in-depth, but not perhaps as in-depth as the slide show linked here which shows what the amazing human body and its respective parts look like under strong magnification.  Most medical assistants will contribute efforts toward treating ailments affecting a wide variety of body parts, but few will ever see these “close-ups” on a regular basis. Whether we’re talking about neurons in the brain, tastebuds on the tongue, fingernails, small intestines, teeth, red blood cells, sweat, burnt skin, blood platelets, breast cancer cells or other items, most of what we see and experience regarding these items is dealt with in abstract terms.  Getting to see these images up close, under great magnification really exposes the wonder and mystery of the human body and the processes which govern health and wellness.  Have a look under the microscope and be prepared to be captivated anew at the marvels of science that inform the venerable and important field you’re about to enter.

Better Looking Documents for Earning Medical Office Assistant Certification

Whether you’re a medical coding online student or you’re taking classes at the ground campuses to earn your medical office assistant certification, this information will be of value to you.  In fact, no matter what certification you earn studying at the Allen School, you’re bound to be preparing a resume for the job hunt and this pair of cool tricks will help you make a more dynamic and professional looking document to hand to recruiters.
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Many resumes today include a photo of the candidate.  Multimedia presentations have become more or less expected in today’s social media driven work environment.  Microsoft Word, that old workhorse of document creation has been updated to address the task.  Instead of simply dropping in a rectangular photo (as all photos generally tend to be shaped) use the “crop shape” function in MS Word to put your head shot in a nice oval or any other shape. Similarly, most documents – whether they are essays/term papers, resumes or other important works – contain bullet pointed lists of information.  The tired old bullet point list has been given an exciting makeover including the potential for color coded shading and other nifty effects to draw greater attention to the data sets.  MS Word’s “Smart Art” function helps spiff these up a bit. For details and screen grab instructions to show you how easy it is to make these manipulations happen in your own documents, read this great tutorial from TechRepublic.  Then go out and “wow” ’em with your great looking documents!

Unless You’re Taking Medical Billing Classes Online, You’d Benefit from This

If you’re studying medical billing classes online with the Allen School, you’re fortunate in that it is much easier for you to avoid the inclement weather.  Be it heavy summer thunderstorm downpours or freezing winter winds and snow, the online student can watch the forecast on TeeVee in the morning and simply opt to stay inside all day while studying. If you’re taking any of the healthcare training classes offered at Allen School ground campuses in the New York Metro area, you’re not as lucky.  The chances you’ll be caught in iffy weather are far higher.  But fret not!  There are numerous weather forecasting apps you can download into your mobile device whether it be an iPhone or an Android phone.  The video below looks at the best apps for both platforms – free and paid.  Enjoy, and stay cool and dry!

What CNAs, Billing and Coding Pros and Medical Office Assistants Have in Common

The one thing that employed certified nursing assistants, medical billing and coding pros and medical office assistants have in common is an effective résumé.  Even with the strength of the hiring market for medical industry professionals, there is still a very competitive environment for those seeking work.  Getting the interview is not easy in any field.  Getting noticed by the hiring managers requires having a solid and well conceived résumé or CV (curriculum vitae). The Business Insider just published one of the best, most comprehensive articles on what it takes to build an effective résumé for a competitive job market.  I highly recommend you read it.  Especially if you’ve recently (or are about to) received your CNA certification, your medical billing and coding certificate or if you’ve completed the medical office assistant training program at Allen School.  The piece explains (among many other important things) the importance of tailoring each résumé for every job opportunity; how to decide whether or not to include an objective statement; how and why to insert keywords; and about a dozen other critical pieces of information.  Simply put, great résumés land great jobs!