TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The holidays are a time of hustle and bustle, when we are likely to find ourselves in shopping centers, welcoming visitors into our homes and have a large number of expensive items wrapped and ready for gift giving.Unfortunately, this is also a time of year when many crimes occur. The following tips will help you stay safe, and enjoy the holidays. Shopping■ Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and park in an area with adequate lighting.■ Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.■ Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.■ Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.■ Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.■ Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.■ Be sure to locate your keys before going to your car.■ Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and move to and from your vehicle with confidence and purpose.■ Keep a secure hold on your handbag and shopping bags. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.■ Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area or insufficient lighting.■ Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Online Shopping■ Links in emails, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it.■ Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network (a connection that doesn’t require a password for access). Using the direct web access on your phone (via 3G/4G connection) is safer than an unsecured wireless network when on your mobile device.

Give the Gift of Volunteering

It’s the season of giving and now is a perfect time to look for some volunteer opportunities to help build your resume.  By volunteering not only are you going to make a difference in someone’s life but you are going to find benefits that may help you jumpstart your own healthcare career. Below are just a few things that may happen if you take some time to volunteer.
  1. Resume Building – Volunteer positions can play a vital role in building your resume as you begin your new career. Not only will it help build your experience in the field, it will also show potential employers that you are dedicated to being truly successful as you start looking for a new position. If you have never had any job in the field of healthcare volunteering is a great way to pick up some experience.
  2. Create Connections – Volunteering will help you meet other people already working in the field of healthcare. They may know of open positions you can apply for or have sound advice that will help you get an advantage over other potential job candidates. They can also be a valuable resource for work references as you start to fill out job applications.
  3. Find Your Passion – Volunteering in many different settings and patient populations will help you determine what type of work you may want to do in the future. Who knows you may have always felt drawn to pediatrics, but after volunteering in a geriatric unit you may realize that your true calling is working with the elderly.
  4. Push Your Limits – While we strive to create as life like a setting as possible in the classroom, nothing beats real-life experiences. When you volunteer with real patients who truly need your help you will realize that some things can only be learned by doing. You will build your skills and also build your character as a person and a healthcare provider.
  5. Volunteering is Rewarding – No matter what setting you choose to volunteer in you can be proud of yourself and your work. Not only will you be a better person, but you will be making life better for those around you as well. Even a simple act of kindness on your part can be enough to change someone’s whole day.
With the holiday break just around the corner, now is a great time to look for volunteer opportunities to help benefit others and yourself.

Institution For Hope – Pediatrics

The Allen School of Health Sciences prides ourselves on taking the learning experience beyond the classroom and into the real word. Every month we support a special cause through our Institution For HOPE Campaign. We choose a special cause every month and educate our students and staff on that cause and then go out into the real world and help that cause in any way that we can. We do many different things through the year to support our causes whether it is fund raising, community events or even blood drives, but one of our very favorite events takes place in the month of December.Every holiday season the students and staff of the Allen School come together to support a very special patient population by donating toys, books, and games to the local pediatric populations in hospitals and clinics. This year we are proud to partner with Brooklyn Hospital, Jamaica Hospital, and Maricopa Integrated Health Systems to make the holidays just a little bit brighter for the children staying there.From now through the rest of December please bring in an unwrapped toy, book, or game. We will need items for very young children through teenage years. If there are any special needs from an organization your student services department will know. Teenagers in particular seem to be left out when it comes to holiday toy drives, so please keep them in mind when making your purchases.If you have any questions on how you can make a difference to a Pediatric patient this year please reach out to your student services department and they will be happy to help you out.

What’s On YOUR Career Wish List?

The holidays are here and it’s time to think about your holiday Wish List. Here are our top 5 gifts you need to give to yourself this holiday season!

# 1 – A Bright Future

Thinking about a new job or making better income can make you feel good at the time, but without action the knowledge itself is useless and it will never lead you to a better way of life. You can “think about it” and “talk it over with everyone you know,” but without actually helping yourself you are always going to be in the same place. It may take some tough decisions, but your situation will continue to be exactly the same unless you act to change it. Let’s start that change today!!!!

# 2 – A New Beginning

If we wait for the ‘perfect’ time, a better time, later, we will be waiting forever. The truth is; if you keep waiting you are going to run out of time. Take a close look at what it is you are waiting for and find a way around it. Act now or risk missing your chance. You need to ask yourself the real reason you keep putting off change????

# 3 – Satisfaction

A New Year is a great opportunity for a new start! Starting your program means your expected graduation date COULD BE September 2019. Don’t push off your new career any longer, and be ready for job interviews before you know it.

# 4 – Opportunity

Healthcare is STRONGER than EVER! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. If you start your training now and complete your certificate, you will gain both the skills and experience necessary to be a valuable asset to many types of employers.

# 5 – Time

Earn your certificate now and have the potential to graduate prior to many other students, so you can beat the competition to potential job openings. Many schools do not have accelerated programs and they take 1-2 years to complete. This can delay your ability to gain the necessary skills to become employable as soon as possible!

So what are you waiting for? Our Medical Assisting classes are enrolling now at all locations! Our classes are kept small and taught by highly qualified professionals to help give you the skills you need to be successful as a healthcare professional. The Allen School of Health Sciences has over 56 years of experience in helping students just like YOU reach their personal and professional goals.

Please visit our website at https://www.allenschool.edu/or give us a call 877-591-8753.


Frostbite

The first snow storm of the season and winter is approaching.   Cold wintery weather, exposed skin, and wet clothing are a recipe for a potential frostbite. Frostbite is when the skin freezes due to prolonged cold exposure.  The severity of the frostbite can range from tingling, numbness, and redness to deep tissue damage which is permanent. Measures that can help to prevent cold injury include:–Dressing in multiple layers of loose clothing helps to keep the skin warm.–Limiting the amount of time you are exposed to the cold.–Plan your travels with intermittent ‘warm spots’ to escape the cold.–Watch for the early signs of cold injury (tingling, numbness, pale skin) and seek shelter to warm up. If you have been exposed to cold for a prolonged time then seeking the advice of a trained physician is always advised. Happy Holiday Season and don’t forget to stay warm and protected!

How to Stand Out and Succeed as a Medical Assistant

Everyone knows that an employer is looking for the very best candidates for their open positions. You have already taken the first step to becoming that candidate by choosing to take classes in our medical assistant program at the Allen School of Health Sciences, but what else can you do to stand out as medical assistant and land your dream job?

Keep up your grades and attendance.

These will show employers that you are dedicated to doing your best.

Consider a job in healthcare.

Receptionists, patient transport, and central supply are great positions to start in.

Volunteer at healthcare related organizations.

Hospitals often need volunteers especially on pediatric wards.

Practice your clinical skill whenever you can.

Take every opportunity in class to perfect the skills that will make up the majority of your new career.

Always say “Yes”.

Treat every opportunity you are given in class and out on internship as a chance to expand your knowledge and become more valuable as an employee.

We’ve begun filling our first class of 2019. Give yourself the gift of education this holiday season and start on the path to YOUR new career. Visit one of our campuses or give us a call at 877-591-8753 to get started today.


Be Thankful

As the holidays approach it can become challenging to juggle work, life, school, a job and sometimes more. It is more important now than ever to take a moment to reflect on all of the things you have to be thankful for. Here are just a few suggestions to jump start your thankfulness list.
  1. Be thankful you made the decision to better yourself through education and start on the path to a new career in healthcare.
  2. Be thankful for the family and friends who support you as you make this journey.
  3. Be thankful for the faculty and staff that help you along the way here at the Allen School
  4. Be thankful for your employer for being flexible enough to accommodate your schedule and believe in your plan to better yourself.
  5. Be thankful for your classmates who are going through the same challenges as you but somehow you always find a way to support and encourage each other through the journey
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. If you take a moment to actually write down the things YOU have to be thankful for you will find out just how rich your life truly is. And from the Allen School Family to you we are thankful you choose us to start working towards your new career and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes you. We wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

3 Cheers For Career Services

In honor of National Career Development month we want to take a moment and give a shout out to our incredible Career Services staff here at the Allen School. From orientation to graduation these folks are here to help YOU succeed every step of the way. Just one more way the Allen School goes the extra step to help ensure your education turns into the path to a bright future in healthcare.The Career Services team has many roles to help you find success. Here are just a few of the ways they help you out during and after your time in school:
  1. Resume Development
  2. Job Search Skills
  3. Recommendations for Professional dress and appearance
  4. Internship Placement and overview
  5. Interview Skill development
These are just a few things this awesome team can do for you. So next team you see one of the CS crew in the halls of campus be sure to wish them a Happy Career Development month and thank them for everything they do for you.

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

Myth

If you are overweight you will always get diabetes.

Fact

While being overweight is a contributing factor to possibly contracting diabetes, it’s not the only risk factor.

Myth

Eating a lot of sugar causes diabetes.

Fact

While sugary treats and beverages do raise blood glucose levels, diabetes is caused by genetics and life style choices.

Myth

Diabetes isn’t a serious disease.

Fact

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.

Myth

People with diabetes cannot have chocolate or sweets.

Fact

This is thankfully a myth. They just need to be consumed in very small portions and only on occasion.

Myth

People with diabetes are more likely to catch other illnesses.

Fact

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

As the cold, rainy, and snowy weather approaches our area, the number of infections also tends to increase.  There are some very simple ways to protect you from picking up common bacterial and viral conditions.  Washing your hands will help to remove the bad germs.  When we touch objects like door knobs and subway hand rails, we pick up the germs left on them.  They can be transferred into the body by rubbing your eye or touching food that we eat.

How to Wash Your Hands to Protect from Germs & Diseases

  1. Wet your hands with clean warm or cold running water and apply soap.
  2. 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.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Clean Your Hands with Hand Sanitizer

If 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 Diseases

If you are working or living with someone who is sick, remember:
  1. Avoid close contact.
  2. Stay home when you are sick to help prevent spreading your illness to others.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose.
  4. Clean your hands.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, drinking plenty of fluids, and managing your stress.
The winter can be a magical time of the year so practice healthy habits so you can enjoy the changing of the seasons!