Deadly Tick VirusSummertime is tick season. Ticks are familiar to most, especially dog owners. A common disease that ticks are known for carrying is Lyme disease. Unfortunately, there is a fatal virus that is getting a lot of attention throughout the nation. Powassan (POW) virus is transferred to humans through a tick bite as well, but its effects are far more deadly. Typically, this disease is transmitted to individuals in the Great Lakes and Northeastern region of the United States.Signs and Symptoms
A few signs and symptoms to be aware of include: vomiting, headache, fever, fatigue, seizers, confusion and memory loss. In more severe cases long -term neurologic issues may ensue. If you think you or a family member may have contracted POW then contact your healthcare provider immediatelyPreventative Options
Reduce the odds of infection by wearing long pants and sleeves, use tick repellent, and avoid wooded and forested areas. Remember; always check for ticks after spending time outdoors.Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students we want you to enjoy these warmer months, but also remain informed about viruses like POW. By staying in the know it helps to keep you and your loved ones safe. Learn more about POW on Center of Disease Control and Prevention
Congratulations Graduates Congratulations Allen School of Health Sciences Graduates! Completing your program and graduating will be one of the greatest accomplishments in your life. Revel in this moment as you have completed a huge milestone and can now proudly address yourself as a healthcare professional.This time of year is always filled with excitement as the Allen School Health Sciences hosts commencement for all of our Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding students.Allen School would like to thank all of our graduates for choosing us as your school of choice to help take your healthcare career to the next level. We would also like to thank our faculty and staff who work diligently to provide an excellent student experience while preparing our students for the medical field.Class of 2017, the Allen School is proud to call you family and now Alumni! Our Phoenix Campus had a beautiful ceremony this month. We look forward to our New York ceremony in June where we will celebrate the success of not only our campus students, but also our online students. We are excited to meet the family and friends who have assisted in our student’s success and have kept them motivated throughout their journey.
Five Reasons WHY Education is Important
If becoming a healthcare professional is in the forefront of your mind then completing your education must be a priority. Consider these five reasons why education is important as you consider your future:
1. Dreams into Reality – Do you want to elevate yourself and go beyond your current employment position? Do want to strive for more than you already have? Do you want to be a healthcare professional? If so, then the first step is to earn the necessary education to accomplish your career goals.2. Confidence – Earning your post-secondary education gives you added confidence not only in the workplace, but also in your day-to-day life.3. Society – There are both spoken and unspoken rules within our society. Higher education is no longer an advantage, instead an expectation.4. Money – It is needed to survive and live the life you want. Do you want more career opportunities to meet financial needs? Broaden your career options by earning the proper education to qualify.5. Respect – When you see healthcare professionals in scrubs there is a noticeable level of respect they receive from peers, patients and strangers. They made a choice to go to school, earn their degree or certificate and can now proudly wear a respected uniform to match their highly regarded position.
If you are ready to take action and stop dreaming about a healthcare career then please contact the Allen School today. Our spring Healthcare programs are enrolling now at all of our locations! Please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu
or call us directly at 877-591-8753.
Phone interviews are becoming increasingly more popular. Recruiters want to prescreen potential candidates before they invite them in for a face-to-face interview. Future health care professionals should be prepared before a phone interview with a potential hiring manager.
Forbes shared some insight as to how to have a successful phone interview.
- Research the company’s history
- Be in a quiet and comfortable area
- Print out your resume and highlight key points
- Have a note pad handy
- Have questions prepared prior to the call
While the phone interview is being conducted
- Immediately send a thank-you email
- Have not heard anything back? Follow up in a week
Healthcare professionals, follow these steps the next time you have a phone interview. Keep in mind that healthcare is a competitive market. Always make sure to go the extra mile to stand out from other Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants or Medical Billing and Coding candidates. If you have any phone interview tips that aren’t listed then please let us know!
Recent healthcare graduates with limited work experience sometimes struggle with creating a resume that catches an employer’s attention. With many graduates vying for similar job openings, it’s important to set yourself apart from the competition. Making yourself marketable can still be accomplished with limited work experience. Below are the top five resume tips from professionals in the healthcare field.
Recent healthcare graduates
- Volunteer – Take advantage of healthcare volunteer opportunities. The Allen School offers multiple healthcare volunteer opportunities for students each month. Through the Institution for HOPE Campaign students can strengthen their resume and relevant volunteer experience.
- No Blank Spaces – It is a red flag for recruiters if there is blank space on a resume. Shade out the space with words. Add another bullet point, more relevant volunteer experience or awards received if necessary to fill the space. Allen School offers students the ability to qualify for Honor Roll, Attendance Awards, and Student of the Module as well as Valedictorian which are great accomplishments to add to a resume.
- Key Terms – Recruiters use software that searches for certain keywords. Include, healthcare terms on your resume, so it stands out and potentially gets pulled for an interview! Incorporate words such as: certified, certificate, direct patient care, phlebotomy, EKG, ICD-10 etc.
- Use Numbers – For example, give an estimate as to how many patients you assisted on a daily bases or the amount of employees managed. Do not keep the potential employers guessing.
- Two Resumes – Have a medical resume and a separate resume with your past career experience. Always make sure that the resume being submitted is relevant to the job listing.
implement these tips and see how it makes a difference throughout the job search process. Some of these tweaks may seem small, but can make a significant difference to potential employers. If you are an Allen School student or graduate contact Career Services for more tips
on how to become a stand out candidate.
Much to many people’s surprise the Allen School of Health Sciences is national. A lot of prospective and current students assume that we are located in only Brooklyn and Queens, New York; however, we do offer a Medical Billing and Coding program online. The online program caters to those students that are not able to physically come to school due to work demands, proximity, childcare issues, etc.
Recently, a few of the Module 1 Ambassadors had a chance to discuss their experiences at the Allen School of Health Sciences, to tell a bit about their background, interests and ultimately share a few of their best practices for being successful in their classes. All of them live in different states, have different hobbies and diverse backgrounds, but they all share common threads that link them such as their passion for the program and academic excellence.
We would like to share with you some of the advice and tips these MIBC Module 1 Ambassadors shared for current and prospective MIBC students:
• Create a schedule/routine for studying and homework
• Do not fall behind – Attendance and Participation is important
• Form a study group with classmates
• Speak up – If you have a question or concern then ask for clarification
• Take it day-by-day, so you do not get overwhelmed
Hopefully, these tips will be useful as you take the next step into starting the MIBC program. If healthcare is your passion and you would like to advance your career we encourage you to take a leap and find out more information about our MIBC Online program and the array of campus programs offered. To speak with an advisor contact us at 1-888-429-0046. We look forward to speaking with you!
March is American Red Cross month. In honor of one of the nation’s leading humanitarian organizations the Allen School of Health Sciences would like to thank them for their efforts. The Red Cross has been a fixture in communities throughout the nation and even in various parts of the world for numerous years. Although the organization is known for quite a few philanthropic works. Their mission is simple but impactful, “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”According to the American Red Cross, volunteers, employees and supporters of the Red Cross focus on five critical concerns:
– People affected by disasters in America– Support for members of the military and their families– Blood collection, processing and distribution– Health and safety education and training– International relief and developmentAt the Allen School of Health Science we pride ourselves on giving back to the community. We have demonstrated this through our Institution for HOPE (Helping Other People Endure) Campaign which strongly encourages students and their families to get involved. In efforts to make a change and difference in your local area the Allen School of Health Sciences challenges you to volunteer! If you are interested in learning more about the American Red Cross and possible volunteer opportunities; please, click the link to learn more http://www.redcross.org/
March is Women’s History month, and in celebration of that we’d like to share with you a few of the amazing women who have influenced healthcare both in the past and today.Clara Barton – She played a major role in the Civil War as a nurse, helping wounded soldiers, but her most incredible contribution to healthcare is that she is the founder of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross was founded in 1881 and today aids in disaster relief around the country. In her honor March is also American Red Cross month.Dr. Virginia Apgar – Dr. Apgar developed the Apgar Score Test in 1951 to provide standardized evaluation of the health of a new born infant. This test was vital prior to the use of fetal monitors and scored infants based on things like their skin tone, breathing, reflexes, pulse, and muscle tone.Selma Kaderman Dritz – She is an Epidemiologist and was the Assistant Director of San Francisco’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Her research laid the basis for understanding AIDS and the HIV Virus. She was also on the frontline of prevention and education efforts to help curb the spread of the virus.Gertrude Belle Elion – She was a chemist and after losing her grandfather to cancer she vowed to find a cure. She created the medication Purinethol, the first chemotherapy drug used to fight leukemia. Over the course of her career she created 45 different cancer treatments and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988 for her work in the field.Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She devoted her life to helping those in the African American Community. When the Civil War ended she relocated her practice to Richmond, Virginia to address the needs of the newly freed African American population in the south.These of course are just a small handful of the incredible people and contributions that have been made by women to the field of medicine over the years. There are many others who have contributed remarkable innovations that have shaped every aspect of the healthcare field. We hope you take some time to do your own research and find even more heroes like these to inspire you as you begin your own career in healthcare.
Valentine’s Day is here and while the romantic side of you may be thinking candle lit dinners and chocolate, the Healthcare provider in you is probably thinking that these aren’t the healthiest choices in the world. So here are a few suggestions from GetHealthyU that will appeal to your romantic side and keep your healthcare side happy as well.
- Give Indoor rock climbing a try.
- Sign up for a dance class together
- Bundle up and head outdoors for some skiing, skating, or even some sledding
- Show off your flexibility with a yoga class
- Get your bounce on at an indoor trampoline park
- Get your heart racing by running a race together. Start training now for the spring marathons
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Not only will you have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, but you will also be supporting our Institution for HOPE campaign which is heart disease prevention in the month of February. The American Heart Association says that two key factors to maintaining a healthy heart are exercise and healthy eating. So what are you waiting for? Plan your healthy fun Valentine’s today!
In Honor of Black History Month we’d like to share with you just a few of the incredible African Americans who have helped shape the medical field over the years through their tremendous accomplishments and revolutions to medicineDr. Ben Carson – Famous for separating conjoined twins in the 1980’s. Dr. Carson went on to pioneer many of the Neurosurgery techniques in the world today. His life was not easy, he grew up on the inner-city streets of Detroit, but overcame tremendous odds to attend Yale and later become a director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Surgery at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the United StatesDr. Charles Drew – Dr. Drew is famous for devising a way to store blood plasma for transfusions during World War II. Without his research there would not have been nearly enough blood to treat those injured in fighting. He was made head of the Red Cross Blood bank for his efforts.Dr. Regina Benjamin – Dr. Benjamin was the first black women to be elected to the Medical Association in the state of Alabama. She was also the first person under 40 to achieve this honor. She also served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States under President Barrack Obama.Mary Eliza Mahoney RN – She is known to be the first Black professional nurse in America and had a very successful career. She is also famous for taking the stage at a 1909 nursing conference in Boston in 1909 and calling for healthcare providers to take direct and immediate action to address the inequality between the treatments people of different races were receiving in medicine.Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She devoted her life to helping those in the African American Community. When the Civil War ended she relocated her practice to Richmond, Virginia to address the needs of the newly freed African American population in the south.These of course are just a small handful of the incredible people and contributions that have been made by the African American community to the field of medicine over the years. There are many others who have contributed remarkable innovations that have shaped every aspect of the healthcare field. We hope you take some time to do your own research and find even more American heroes like these to inspire you as you begin your own career in healthcare.