- Diaphragm – This is the larger metal disc at the end of the device, its good for hear high pitched sounds like heartbeats and regular breaths
- Bell – this is the opposite side to the diaphragm and is good for picking up lower pitched sounds like heart murmurs
- Tubing – this is the flexible piece that runs from the diaphragm to the headset.
- Headset – The headset consists of the brace piece to give the stethoscope structure, the Binuarals which are the metal tubes that run from the tubing and finally the ear pieces that make the stethoscope comfortable to wear as well as helping to block out outside noises.
8 Important Characteristics Of Adult Learners
1) Self StartersAdult students tend to be better self-starters than their younger counterparts. Years or decades of independent living and decision making means that older students can complete tasks without as much guidance as students coming straight from regimented high school and their parent’s homes.
2) Highly MotivatedYounger students may simply have the goal of “finding oneself” or “getting a degree,” while many adult students go back to school with a specific goal in mind. With a concrete goal to reach, they are better equipped to complete their goal, whatever challenges may arise.
3) PracticalityWith age comes wisdom and with wisdom a more practical mindset. Adult learners know their limitations more than younger students and learn to work around them to complete their education. The Allen School is here to help students manage that delicate balance between classroom and life.
4) High ExpectationsGoing back to school is no easy feat. Taking on the extra financial, mental and physical toll of continuing education means that older students may have more at stake, and thus expect more from their education. The Allen School knows this, and its nationally accredited programs and rigorous coursework lives up to the higher expectation of its students.
5) Goal OrientedAdult learners know there is no time to waste with vague notions of what they want from their education. They have a concrete goal: whether to achieve a higher degree for a promotion or to go down an entirely new career path and attain the training needed. Adult learners know that goals define are goals achieved.
6) Personal ExperienceAdult learners come back to the classroom with years of life experience that they bring into each lesson. With varied perspectives and concrete experience, having adult learners in the classroom helps to enrich everyone’s educational experience.
7) PrioritiesMany adult learners are juggling school with families, full-time jobs, and financial obligations. With so many plates spinning, they can pinpoint what is important and cut out the rest. The Allen School offers financial aid and financial counseling to students who may need help in making education their top priority.
8) Community NeedsAbove all, adult learners are better equipped to see the “big picture.” Many are drawn to careers which help the greater good and are willing to help their fellow students achieve goals which benefit the entire community. It’s never too late to kickstart your education and begin a career that is perfect for you. Contact The Allen School today to set up a free consultation and find out how you can get back to learning.
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Institution For Hope – Pediatrics
Diabetes Facts and Myths
Every month the Allen School of Health Sciences is proud to support a healthcare cause that is important to our students, their future patients, and the community through our institution for HOPE campaign. In the month of November we are proud to support Diabetes awareness. This month we’d like to take a look at some facts and myths about diabetes.
Diabetes Myths vs. Facts
If you are overweight you will always get diabetes.
While being overweight is a contributing factor to possibly contracting diabetes, it’s not the only risk factor.
Eating a lot of sugar causes diabetes.
While sugary treats and beverages do raise blood glucose levels, diabetes is caused by genetics and life style choices.
Diabetes isn’t a serious disease.
Actually, diabetes causes more deaths in the USA than breast cancer and AIDS combined every year. Diabetes can nearly double your risk of heart attack.
People with diabetes cannot have chocolate or sweets.
This is thankfully a myth. They just need to be consumed in very small portions and only on occasion.
People with diabetes are more likely to catch other illnesses.
Diabetic patients are encouraged to receive their flu shot yearly as flu symptoms can be more difficult to control in this population and this may lead to further complications down the road.
If you want to read more myths and facts about diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association website here.
If you are ready to start working towards a career that can help you take on a role in healthcare contact us today. Education is the first step to a potentially life changing career. Call us today to get started. Call 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.
How to Prevent Infectious Diseases
How to Wash Your Hands to Protect from Germs & Diseases
- Wet your hands with clean warm or cold running water and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Clean Your Hands with Hand SanitizerIf you do not have access to a sink to wash your hands then hand sanitizer can also help to reduce the number of germs on your hands.
Other Ways to Prevent the Spread of Infectious DiseasesIf you are working or living with someone who is sick, remember:
- Avoid close contact.
- Stay home when you are sick to help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
- Clean your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, drinking plenty of fluids, and managing your stress.
High Tech Toys For Pediatric Patients
From simple doctor’s visits to extended hospital stays pediatric patients can present their own unique set of needs and challenges. Often times they don’t understand what is going on and this can cause them to have major fears of medical procedures and testing. Unlike their adult counterparts they may have trouble expressing their feelings, and let’s face it, when it comes to long hospital stays they can get really bored.
So today we look at some new high-tech toys that help children have a more positive experience in the healthcare setting.
Vaccines Are No Fun
So a Brazil based company developed a virtual reality game called VR Vaccine that makes the kids a hero in a game battling a villain. The kids wear armor and get to fight bad guys while the person giving the vaccine follows the story and coordinate motions like swabbing the skin and administering the injection to the story line.
It’s Hard to Say How You Feel
So US based Company Sproutel has created a robot duck companion for children undergoing cancer treatment with an emotion chip that allows the children to have the duck show how they are feeling. Children are also able to administer “chemotherapy” to their ducks through a special port. Insurance company Aflec is providing these ducks to pediatric cancer patients at no cost at this time.
Understanding What will Happen can be Challenging
So Canadian company RxRobots has created a robot called MEDi that helps kids understand a procedure and helps them learn how to relax and cope with procedures that may be uncomfortable or painful. Children can also perform procedures on the robot and it assures them they are doing a good job and reinforces that healthcare professionals are always trying to help their patient even when it seems like they are not in a child’s eyes.
These are just a few of the awesome high tech gadgets being developed to help children have a more positive experience in a healthcare setting to read more about these toys and others please click here and read the entire article recently published on BBC Health.
3 Benefits of Working in Healthcare for the Elderly
The healthcare industry offers a variety of highly rewarding career paths, each one specializing in a unique set of intellectual and physical skills. However, the one skill set spanning all healthcare professions is emotional in nature. ― The ability to show empathy and kindness to the patients and families for whom you are caring. While everyone in need of medical aid can benefit from a compassionate caregiver, it is particularly beneficial to your geriatric patient.
Continue reading for three reasons why working with the elderly is an emotionally gratifying and professionally wise focus for your healthcare career.
1. Job Satisfaction
Geriatric patients are men and women blessed with long lives but have seen their physical primes come and go. The need for medical assistance can highlight that fact, and a patient’s response to your aid can understandably fall anywhere on a wide spectrum. While one patient might be grateful and helpful, another could be irritable and uncooperative. It is your job as the medical professional to handle each scenario with poise and skill, and your privilege as a human being to do so with a gentle, non-judgmental touch to preserve both their dignity and health.
There is great emotional reward to be found in the process of caring for elderly patients. The National Center for Biotechnology reports that the emotional attachment healthcare workers have with their elderly patients is often considered the greatest reward of their jobs ― and, one of the many reasons they stay.
This concept suggests the rewards of specializing in geriatric patient care often transcend mere job satisfaction; A sense of fulfillment that is not easy to top!
2. Personal and Professional Growth
Specializing in geriatric care is a natural intersection for personal and professional growths. Elderly adults, by nature, are not shallow people – their life experiences run deep, likely having taught them many lessons in the process. They have seen war, economic rises and falls, the lifecycle of a career, love, and loss. While assisting in their medical care, the relationships that can form create opportunities to learn from their stories and encourage personal growth.
That maturity easily bleeds into professional growth, as caring for an elderly mind and body can drive you to be more gentle than you thought possible, increase your efficiency and skill conducting procedures, inspire greater patience, and create a more profound sense of gratitude for your own life and loved ones. It is this mutually beneficial dynamic that makes working with elderly adults so gratifying, and the Allen School of Health Sciences offers multiple programs to help you break into this respected healthcare professions, among many others.
3. High Job Demand and Security
With the changing demographics in the US, the demand for geriatric healthcare professionals is increasing. According to the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., as baby boomers approach retirement age, the number of Americans over age 55 will rise from 60 million (21 percent of the population) to more than 107 million (31 percent) by 2030.
Additionally, there are many healthcare environments to choose from when determining what is right for you. If you do your best work in high-energy settings, you might decide to work in a hospital or rehabilitation facility; if you prefer calm surroundings, consider working in nursing homes or retirement communities; and if you desire the privacy to create those personal relationships, you can do so in the homes of your patients.
Start Working Today
Working with the elderly is a unique, important healthcare path – encouraging personal and professional growth and security. To learn more about our career services and start your journey in healthcare, contact the Allen School of Health Sciences today!
Things to Bring to an Interview
- Directions and Contact Info – Be sure you know how to get to the location the interview is at. In fact it’s a good idea to do a drive by beforehand so you can be on time for your interview. Also try to find out who you need to look for when you arrive
- Resume – You probably already submitted a copy, but it’s always a good idea to bring a few extra copies along.
- Identification – You will probably have this with you anyway, but it’s always good to have this available.
- Note Pad and Pen – You can take notes and write down questions as they come up. This will help you cover all your bases as you interview without interrupting the flow of the interview.
- Questions – Your interview will likely end with the asking you any questions. Prepare a list beforehand so you know what you want to ask. Even if something was already covered it’s OK to ask for further clarification at the end of the interview.
Feeling SAD: Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder
Fall and the Winter seasons are on their way. The days start to become shorter and shorter. Some people feel a little sad and tired because of this. This can be due to the fact that we are adjusting our activity schedule and the after work activities we were engaging in may not be possible anymore. In others, they be experiencing SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is related to the decreased amount of light we are exposed to during the day. People with SAD can experience full depressive symptoms like fatigue, loss of concentration, and changes in weight/eating/sleep.
This disorder has treatments including medications (that help to increase the “feel good” chemicals in the brain, light therapy (to supplement the missing hours of sunlight), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) a type of psychotherapy.
As with all symptoms, when you’re not feeling well check with your doctor. There are therapies to help people improve their health and quality of life.
5 Reasons Why Horror Movies Are Healthy
October is here and with it comes Halloween and television marathons of horror movies and slasher films that can make the season a little frightening and a little fun. While some of us like these films and some of us really don’t as healthcare students it’s our job to find the healthy benefits in any activity. So without further ado…. A few healthy reasons to watch that scary film this month.
You Can Skip the Gym
Because watching a 90 minute horror flick may burn as many as 113 calories without leaving you seat. That’s about the same as eating a chocolate bar.
You May Feel Less Anxious
Well in the real world anyway. See you get so anxious watching the scary movie that your body will produce things like adrenaline, glucose, and cortisol that may actually help you feel more calm and in control when you get back to the real world.
Brain Activity will Increase
Your brain will release neurotransmitters during the film which will increase your brain activity. This may leave you feeling sharper and more aware after the film is over.
Immune System…. Activate!!
That adrenaline rush we mentioned earlier? It will also mobilize your body’s immune system. So if you feel some sniffles coming on, just watch a scary movie
You May Stress Less
The movie itself may raise your stress levels, however afterwards you may feel like your life isn’t as stressful. Unless of course you have a maniac wielding an axe chasing you or something like that…. But that’s a whole other issue.
So watching a scary film may actually help you feel better overall, no promises though that you won’t have nightmares. One thing though that is scarier than any horror film? The Allen School is enrolling it’s final class of 2018!! If you don’t act soon and secure your seat you won’t be able to start working on your new career today. So use that adrenaline rush and visit our website today to get started www.allenschool.edu.