- Cause is Unknown – Doctors do not know what cause MS but believe smoking, being between the age of 15 to 60, being Caucasian with Northern European descent, and living in temperate climates may be factors
- It Can Range in Severity – Symptoms vary greatly between patients and can range from inconvenient to debilitating. Symptoms often progress as the disease progresses.
- It Can be Difficult to Diagnose – Many other disease present common symptoms, especially early on. Doctors use blood test, Lumbar puncture, MRI, and Evoked Potential test as diagnostic tools.
- It Affects More Women Than Men – Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop MS
- Vitamin D May Help Prevent and Treat MS – Studies have shown that Vitamin D coupled with a healthy lifestyle may help prevent and treat MS.
- Classical Music – It may not be your type of music, but many studies have shown it to be conducive to studying and learning. Study time may be a perfect opportunity to expand your musical palette and crank out the Mozart.
- Mozart Effect – There really seems to be some scientific evidence that Mozart in particular lends itself very well to improving mental performance
- Instrumental Music – Music with no vocals is great for studying, it doesn’t all have to be smooth jazz though. Many movie soundtracks have awesome instrumental music that will help you focus as you study.
- Nature Tracks – Well, technically not music, but they can help you relax and focus.
- Turn it Down – keep the music volume down so it doesn’t distract you from your studies
- Make a Playlist – not only will you like all the music, but if you keep it to about 45 minutes’ worth of music, you’ll know when it’s time to take a study break.
- Skip The Radio – The ads and DJ dialogue will distract you in between the tunes.
Learn as Much as PossibleNever stop learning. This adage is wise advice for both life and a career as a nursing assistant. You can never have too much knowledge.At the Allen School, we’ll help you prepare for your career. Some of the topics we include are:
- Universal Precautions, Infection Control and Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
- How to communicate with patients and their families effectively
- The aging patient and the psychological changes that take place in the elderly
- Medical equipment and the use of medical devices
- How to assist patients with their day-to-day activities
Find a MentorThe dictionary defines a mentor as someone with experience and that you trust for advice. Nothing can help you develop the skills necessary to be successful in this career path like a trusted mentor. After finishing our nursing assistant course and entering the workforce, find someone you trust that you can go to with those questions you are afraid to ask (and there will be quite a few).When you do find your mentor, listen to all their advice. They will be able to tell you things they wish someone had told them, and that advice is worth its weight in gold. They know tricks of the trade that can make your job much more comfortable and your interactions with your patients go much more smoothly.
Be ObservantYou can learn quite a bit from watching what goes on around you, especially in as a medical professional. Observing how the nursing staff interacts with doctors and patients can teach you not only about medicine, but human nature as well.It’s important to remember that patients are people, and dealing with them as a human being instead of “that patient in bed two with diabetes” will help you build a rapport with them.Interested in a career as a nursing assistant? Contact the Allen School today for more information on financial aid and our three locations. Get started on your future career today! Image: (Monkey Business Images/shutterstock)
- Do Your Homework – Look up the name of the company your interview is with and find out as much about them as you can. The more you know in advance the better prepared you will be to not only answer questions, but also ask them. You can also look up company reviews on sites like Glassdoor and get a feel for the culture of the company. If you know in advance what employees say it can help you determine if the company is going to be a good fit for you.
- Take a Drive – Or a taxi, bus, or train. In other words drive to the company the night before the interview so you know where you are going and get feel for the area. You can also scope out parking and get an idea of what traffic may be like as you make your daily commute. Knowing where you are going will help make your interview day way less stressful.
- Dress For Success – And do it the night before the interview. Make sure your clothes are clean, in good repair, and ironed. If you need to replace anything make sure to do so before interview day. If you had to buy new shoes make sure to wear them before your interview so they are broken in and comfortable. If you’ve been putting off a haircut now is a great time to find some time and get it done.
- Practice – Remember your professional development class and all those great interview questions you discussed? Now is the time to re-visit that material and review everything. Write out questions and answers and practice saying them out loud. The more comfortable you are saying your answers, the more natural you will sound.
- Catch Some Z’s – The night before your interview get a good night’s sleep, at least 7-8 hours. The better rested you are the less stressed you will feel the next day. Also don’t forget your breakfast. A little food will go a long way to settling your nerves.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Choosing a career path can be intimidating. With so many industries and fields of study, it can be easy to become distracted by professions that won’t provide the benefits that one requires to live a financially stable and emotionally satisfying life.
A career in the medical field is an excellent opportunity to consider. It offers excellent job security and good pay. The best part is, you don’t have to spend numerous years and tens of thousands of dollars to become a doctor. As a medical assistant, you also help people while earning a consistent and competitive wage. Job prospects are high in this area of study because no matter what trends are happening in the world, humans will always need medical support.
Especially in the Phoenix, AZ, Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, NY, areas, you are highly likely to find openings. As some of the most populous cities in the nation, they are equipped with a plethora of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Whether it be a general practitioner setting or a podiatry office, you will find satisfaction in being part of a close-knit team that works together to help those in your community.
If you are gearing up to take your CMA exam, consider these five tips to help you prepare:
Stay focused. It is easy to become distracted by your favorite shows, social media, and large sporting events. You must tune everything out and commit time to studying.
Plan ahead. Time management and organization isn’t natural for everyone. Utilize planners, organizers, charts, and wall boards to help keep you on task.
Find a study partner. You don’t have to go at things alone. Having a supportive individual whose goal is to keep you on track is highly valuable.
Designate a study area. Make sure you have a comfortable yet focused area with no distractions.
Take a breath before the big day. If you are employed, take a couple of days off before your exam to rest up and enjoy your time, so you feel good before going in.
Make sure to take advantage of these CMA exam tips to improve your chances for success. Remember that we also offer an excellent training course for medical assistants at The Allen School that will also teach you how to prepare for the CMA exam. We provide excellent programs throughout Phoenix, Queens, and Brooklyn. Please contact us for more information.
- Elizabeth Blackburn: Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco – Blackburn’s research has shown that in cancer cells, the enzyme Telomerase never shuts off, and cells become immortal.
- Rita Colwell: Director, National Science Foundation – Her extensive research on cholera created a method in which water could be filtered through sari cloth, thereby preventing 50% of cases of the disease.
- Elizabeth Gould: Professor of Psychology, Princeton University – Her research shown that the human brain does indeed develop new cells and neurons throughout a person’s life span. Important findings that have opened many doors to researching brain damage and disease that many thought impossible.
- Beatrice H. Hahn: Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, University of Alabama – She has dedicated her life into researching why the HIV virus does not effect a certain sub-species of chimpanzees and finding that difference may provide a pathway to curing this terrible disease.
- Mary-Claire King: Professor of Medicine and Genetics – Her research has shown that not only are humans and chimpanzees 99% genetically alike, but also that certain forms of breast cancer can be inherited.
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