5 Deadly Substances Now Used in Medicine

Medications have long been derived from a wide variety of strange places and substances from plants, to animals, and even minerals. Today we want to share a few very unconventional places to derive medicine from. All of these substances have one thing in common; they are helpful in the correct quantity, but very deadly if not dosed correctly.
  • Arsenic – This substance is commonly found in pesticides, some building processes, and some industrial processes. It has also been found to be helpful in battling certain cancers in the correct dosage. Arsenic belongs to a class of medications called anthracyclines.
  • Foxglove – You may have this pretty flower growing in your yard and you probably won’t have a problem with any small animals sneaking in and eating it. In high doses, consumption of foxglove will cause a drastic decrease in blood pressure which could lead to death. In the correct dosage though it becomes a key ingredient in the heart failure medication known as digoxin.
  • Radiation – High doses of radiation can be lethal and lead to radiation poisoning and ultimately death. Without it however, we wouldn’t have much of the imaging equipment we have today. Radiation is also an important part of many cancer treatments.
  • Yew Plant – Every part of the Yew Plant is highly poisonous to humans. But in the right quantity, there is a great benefit to fighting certain types of cancers. Yew is also used in some medicines that help keep arteries from narrowing after the placement of a heart stent.
  • Snake Venom – If you are a student with us in Arizona you are probably very familiar with venomous snakes and try to avoid them. Snake venom has been used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, and even diabetes-related kidney problems.
  There are many other interesting and sometimes dangerous substances used in modern medicine. If you are ready to learn more about medicine and start working towards your new career in healthcare visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. May classes are enrolling now.

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter

The weather outside may be cold and dreary but as a future healthcare provider it’s important to stay healthy and fit all year round. You not only owe it to yourself but also to your patients and their families. Here are five easy ways to keep yourself in top form this winter. 
  1. Get your flu shot
  2. Carry your own pens so you don’t need to worry if others have washed their hands
  3. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize your hands
  4. Take your vitamins
  5. Keep moving, don’t let the winter weather turn you into a couch potato.
Winter is also a great time to start working on more than just your health. There’s no better time to start working towards a great career in healthcare. In just nine months you may have a bright new career as a Medical Assistant. For more information please visit our website www.allenschool.edu.  

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter – Part 2

The weather outside may be cold and dreary but as a future healthcare provider it’s important to stay healthy and fit all year round. You not only owe it to yourself but also to your patients and their families. Here are five easy ways to keep yourself in top form this winter. 
  1. Get your flu shot – Don’t put it off either, flu shots are a safe and effective way to avoid this particular disease, after all who likes to have the flu?
  2. Carry your own pens – And Kleenex, just about everything, then you don’t have to worry about if other people have washed their hands.
  3. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize your hands – and wash them too. One of the easiest ways to prevent contamination is to keep your hands clean.
  4. Take your vitamins – Give your body the boost it needs to hopefully stay ahead of any illness.
  5. Keep moving – Don’t let the winter weather turn you into a couch potato. It can be tempting to just curl up on the couch in front of the TV, but exercise is just as important in the cold months as it is the rest of the year.
Winter is also a great time to start working on more than just your health. There’s no better time to start working towards a great career in healthcare. In just nine months you may have a bright new career as a Medical Assistant. Classes are enrolling now for January 2019. Join our first class of the year and at this time next year, you could have an exciting new career. For more information please visit our website www.allenschool.edu.

Tips on Never Giving Up

J.K. Rowling, Lady Gaga & Jeff Bezos……..What do these three people have in common?  They never gave up on their dream. Their stories are about resilience in the face of rejection.So what do you do if you don’t get the job for which you have studied, prepared and interviewed for?  Keep on trying!  Never give up.  Learn from the experience!Here are some tips:
  1. Take the time to thank the person that interviewed you – send them a handwritten note. You never know if they may have a future opportunity available.  It is important to leave the door open.
  2. Ask them why you were not selected so you understand what adjustments to make in the future.
  3. Keep in mind that there are always subjective factors. You may have all the qualifications that the position requires but the company may have already selected someone else or there may be other people involved in the decision – all of which has nothing to do with you.
Stay confident, positive and resilient when trying to land your dream job. Remember, J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter was rejected by many publishers before becoming one of the most widely read authors in the world.  Lady Gaga, renowned singer, songwriter and actress was bullied in school and dropped by her first record label, Def Jam, after just 3 months. Jeff Bezos, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon, was told by his former boss to take 48 hours to think about leaving his job before starting Amazon. Ready to start working towards a career you can love?Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.-Allen School

The Effects of Love on Your Heart

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but February is still heart month. Today we look at the potential benefits that love can have on heart health, and the problems that heartache can cause as well.
  1. Love and the Brain – That rush of emotion when you first see each other is actually your brain releasing Dopamine. Your brain also releases adrenaline and norepinephrine which gives you that racing heart feeling. Finally your brain throws in a little Oxytocin in the mix to create that over whelming feeling that we call love.
  2. Love and the Heart – Studies have shown that couples in love have lower blood pressure and less stress, even if the relationship isn’t perfect. Couples often tend to make more health conscience choices in diet and exercise leading to an overall improvement in health.
  3. Broken Hearts Are a Thing – Difficult relationships and break ups can cause stress which increases the risk of heart disease. “Broken Heart Syndrome” also called stressed-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a real condition in which the left ventricle of the heart actually weakens and fails to contract properly.
  4. Love in Many Forms – It’s not just traditional relationships that are responsible for all these love related benefits. Many people find these benefits with friends, family, and even their pets. It’s the emotional bond that causes all of things to occur.
Want to learn more about love and all of its health benefits? Click HereReady to start working towards a career you can love? Contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our spring classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the  Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

Describing Weaknesses in a Job Interview – Medical Assistant Careers

If there’s one question most people dread in an interview it’s “describe your weaknesses.”  No one wants to admit they have faults, and you certainly don’t want to jeopardize a chance at a job by appearing inept. So keep these five factors in mind when answering this tricky interview question.
  1. Credible – A medical assistant who hates needles or a nursing assistant who says they don’t like working with people will not be a great candidate. If either of these statements where actually true you wouldn’t be in the healthcare field.
  2. Coach-able – Ideally you can present an example that you’ve already overcome. Perhaps you initially found it intimidating to work in an electronic health record, but you sought extra help from your instructors while in school and this is no longer true.
  3. Correctable – This is a weakness you haven’t corrected yet, but with some help could be easily resolved. Perhaps it’s difficult for you to multi-task, but if you take the time to write yourself reminders and create task lists you are able to address multiple things at once.
  4. Confess-able – This is not the time to spill your deepest, darkest secrets. Keep your answers strictly professional and relatable to the position you are seeking.
  5. Not Critical – Your answer should never raise a giant red flag. Saying something like “I can never find a vein on the first few tries” is probably going to end an interview pretty quickly.
The bottom line is, no one is perfect and employers know this. They want to determine how you are going to fit into their organization and existing structure. Keep your answers clear, simple, and truthful and you should have no problem answering this one.

New Career Financial Checklist

Congrats! All of your hard work in class and on internship has finally paid off and you just landed your first real job! This is super exciting and it can be tempting to start planning all of the great ways you are going to spend your new salary, but before you do here are a few tips to help you get set-up for long term success. 
  1. Fill out your tax forms correctly – While keeping a little extra money in your check now may be tempting, you won’t be so happy if you end up owing a tax bill in April.
  1. Contribute to Retirement – If it’s offered this is a great way to start setting yourself up long term. Putting away even a small part of your paycheck can have long term benefits.
  1. Insurance Coverage – Hopefully you won’t need it beyond routine care, but in the event of an emergency or major illness the premiums you pay will seem small compared to the bills you could be stuck with.
  1. Write Out Financial Goals – Remember that all those exciting things we talked about buying at the beginning of this article? You don’t have to say no to them forever, but you do need to develop a plan that will help you achieve them and not hurt you financially.
  1. Understand the Terms of Your Student Loans – You may have several months on the job before you have to start paying on your loans. Don’t forget about them though, build a monthly budget that takes into account paying these when the time comes.
 These are just a few tips to get you on the right financial path as you begin your new career and your adult life. To read more about these and other great tips please click here. If you are still working on the first step of YOUR great new career and are looking for an institution with nearly 60 years of experience for your educational goals please contact the Allen School today! You can visit www.allenschool.edu to learn about us and all the great opportunities we have for you.

Experiential Interviews

You’ve chosen a great new career path that can allow you to help others on a daily basis. You’ve spent many weeks learning and perfecting your clinical skills and now you have a potential employer who has offered you an interview…. an experiential interview. In short, while they may ask you some of the normal interview questions, they really want to know if you have the skills they need to serve their patients.It is not uncommon for a potential employer to ask you to work through a scenario that is common in their practice. This may include you demonstrating knowledge of a particular procedure they do on a regular basis, like giving injections in an allergy clinic or demonstrating the ability to work with a patient type, like children in a pediatric office.This can be intimidating but it’s important to keep a few things in mind. They simply want you to show that you have the basic ability to do these things; you don’t have to be perfect at it yet or do it “their way” They expect you to ask questions and to be open to corrections and suggestions. An employer may even want you to shadow other employees in their daily tasks before making you a job offer.Remember that these are all learning experiences and will add to your overall success. Take every opportunity to learn and hone your skills. Work with the Career Services department to go over any feedback you receive from potential employers. If it’s noted you need to work on a certain skill be sure to practice and ask our academics team for help in making your clinical skills stronger.Remember that the whole Allen School team is here to help you into your new career from day one and beyond. Your success is our success.

February is Heart Month

February is heart health month and the Allen School is proud to support this important cause through our Institution for hope Campaign. Today we’d like to share with you 5 heart healthy foods that are not only delicious, but will help keep your heart happy and healthy for years to come.
  1. Salmon – This tasty fish is rich in Omega-3s. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings of salmon per week. Some other options are tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel.
  1. Walnuts – They are full of “healthy” monosaturated fats that can help cut your heart disease risk. They also contain Omega-3s but not the same kind as those in Salmon. Some other options are almonds, cashews, pistachios, flaxseed, and chia seeds.
  1. Raspberries – They contain polyphenols which are an antioxidant. They are also a good source of fiber and vitamins. Other options are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pretty much any other berries.
  1. Fat Free or Low Fat Milk and Yogurt – Dairy product contain potassium which can help lower blood pressure, but by choosing low fat or fat free options you reduce your intake of saturated fats. Other options are bananas, oranges, and potatoes which are all good sources of potassium.
  1. Chick Peas – They are high in fiber and an excellent way to lower your HDL or bad cholesterol. Just be sure to look for low salt or salt free options. Other options are Eggplant, okra, apples, and pears.
 You can find more heart healthy food by clicking here.You can also contact the Allen School today to find out about exciting classes that can lead to a career you can love in health care. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more. Classes are enrolling now!

Resolution Check Up

January is almost over…how are your New Year resolutions holding out? If the diet is more cheat days than good eating days and the gym membership card hasn’t been swiped since you signed up let us help get you inspired to get things back on track.
  1. Remember the Why – Take some time and think about the reasons you made your resolution in the first place. Think about the people in your life who will benefit if you follow through on your goal. Make a list of the benefits you will gain if you see things through.
  2. 2. Find Some Support – You are certainly not the only person who made a resolution. Chances are a friend, family member, or classmate had similar goals to yours. Now is a great time to start encouraging each other to follow through on that resolution. Maybe you become workout buddies or maybe just send each other texts of encouragement. No matter what you will be more likely to keep your resolution if you have someone to encourage you.
  3. Plan Ahead – Maybe it all seemed easy on paper when you made your goals but now you see that life is making things challenging. Take some time to sit down and address those things that are holding you back. If you aren’t able to cook healthy meals during the week consider prepping and freezing foods on the weekend that won’t take so much work. If child care isn’t working out consider finding a way to include your children in your goals. Not only will they see your progress, but they will see the benefits of hard work and dedication.
No matter what your New Year Resolution is we hope these tips help you keep on track and achieve your goals.If one of your New Year resolutions was to go back to school and start working towards a new career it’s not too late to start! Our winter classes are enrolling now and there are few seats left. Visit www.allenschool.edu to get started today.