Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.This is exactly why the American Diabetes Association marks each November as American Diabetes Month: to bring extra attention to the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.This November, the organization will showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The 2016 campaign, sponsored by Colgate Total® (National Oral Care Strategic Partner) and Medtronic Diabetes®, invites us to use #ThisIsDiabetes to share our personal stories and to start a dialogue about what it really means to live with diabetes.Diabetes is more than the medications and devices used to manage it. For many, diabetes dictates how they organize their day, what they eat at every meal, how they choose to be physically active and how they spend their money. People with diabetes can have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes, as type 1 and type 2 require very specific forms of treatment.Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and there is no known way to prevent it. Approximately 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, which means their body does not produce any insulin. Insulin is critical in order for the body to transport glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to live.Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of cases in the United States, and is caused when the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history of diabetes and having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes). Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose (sugar) with healthy eating and being active; other may require oral medications or insulin, especially as the disease progresses. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as older adults.Some women develop gestational diabetes, high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy, which requires treatment to protect the health of the mother and the baby. Gestational diabetes affects approximately 9.2 percent of pregnant women.There’s a way for everybody to participate during American Diabetes Month in November. Share your story, or encourage a friend or family member to share theirs using #ThisIsDiabetes. Be sure to also follow the American Diabetes Association on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.You can also update your Facebook profile picture to help raise awareness, sign up to become an advocate and donate to help the American Diabetes Association continue their critical work. To learn more and view #ThisIsDiabetes stories from around the country, check out diabetes.org/adm.
It is rare to find anyone out there today who is not active on some sort of social media. We post, share, tweet, and comment on everything from what was for dinner last night to major events going on in the world. It can be easy to forget sometimes that what gets posted on the internet can play a big part in your future career in the healthcare field. Pictures – This is an easy one. It may be tempting to post that great selfie in your new bikini. Or snapchat the epic tower of cans from your last party with the guys, but think before you post. While your friends may give you a hundred thumbs up, your future employer may give you a great big thumbs down. As a general rule if you wouldn’t show the picture to your mother, or better yet your grandmother, it is probably best left off your social media.Jokes and Memes – Most employers are going to overlook the occasional off color joke, but take a look at your posts as a whole. Is there a theme or trend that may make them take a closer look? If you’re trying to get a job as a Medical Assistant and all of your memes are about how doctors treat their co-workers for example, this could be enough to get you over looked for a position.Language and Drama – Obviously crude language is going to throw up a red flag to a potential employer, as is major drama that is shared in such a public setting, but employers also look at how well you write in general. If you cannot spell or use proper grammar, you may not be the candidate they want notating their patient records or working their billing and coding accounts.LinkedIn – Do you have one? Do you use it properly? Your account should be completely filled out and have an appropriate picture. Also consider joining groups on LinkedIn that interest you, they aren’t all business related. An active user on LinkedIn who contributes posts to groups presents a more professional appearance to employers.Security Settings – They are there to be used. It is usually wise to not share every single bit of your account with the entire world. Create friend groups for more personal posts (like the pictures mentioned above) and only post publically if there’s absolutely no question in your mind that the post won’t raise any questions to an employer. Wishing grandma a happy birthday makes a great public post, that bikini selfie mentioned above…. Not so much.Make Sure Your Story Matches – If you claim on LinkedIn that you’re employed full time at a great company and work really hard, don’t post on Facebook at 10am that you have just gotten a high score in Candy Crush. Either you are not employed where you say you are, or you are playing Candy Crush at work. An employer is going to give both these possibilities serious consideration as they are looking for job candidates.Have Social Media Accounts – Strange as it sounds your social media presence now makes up a big part of employers researching potential candidates. If you don’t exist at all on Social Media it can raise just as many questions as it does when you overshare. If social media just isn’t your thing, at the minimum make sure to establish a LinkedIn account that you update a few times a year.For better or worse social media is a major part of our society, and it does have an impact on both securing and keeping a job. The Career Services department at the Allen School of Health Sciences is here to help you gain every advantage you can as you start on the path to your new career in healthcare. If you are ready to be part of the Allen School Family give us a call today at 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. #allenschoolsuccess
Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of going to school if you have small children. The thought of adding school to your already busy life schedule can be overwhelming, but with a bit of organization and planning you can go back to school and still enjoy time with your children.
- Make a Schedule – At the beginning of each new class review your syllabus and determine which weeks are going to be more challenging and will require extra study time. Don’t make any extra appointments during this time (i.e. doctor, dentist, etc.). Also avoid taking on extra responsibilities like school trips or parties if at all possible during these weeks. Most importantly, stick to the schedule you create. It is perfectly fine to be a little selfish with your time while you are in school
- Find ways to free up time – Prepare all of the week’s meals on the weekend so all you have to do is re-heat things during the week. Prepackage snacks for your kids so they can serve themselves without you having to help. Let your children do simple tasks like get their own pajamas on and brush their own teeth instead of relying on you. Take your notes with you to study while waiting to pick your children up at school, or while waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
- Study with your Children – If they are in school do your homework together at the table. If you have younger kids they can do activity books or color quietly while you study. Not only will you encourage each other, but it will help your children understand all of the work that you are putting into your education.
- Ask for Help – School will not last forever, don’t be afraid to ask for help tending your children while you study. Even if it’s just a family member or friend coming over to entertain them for an hour or two while you study. Ask your fellow classmates if they have children and you may be able to exchange babysitting services with each other a few nights a week, so everyone has a chance to get some extra quiet homework time.
- Take a Day for You – Don’t be afraid to take some you time. Everyone needs a break from studying and homework. As you plan your schedule, be sure to schedule in some you time. Go see a movie, grab lunch with friends, take the kids somewhere fun, go on a date with your significant other, or do whatever helps you to relax.
Have you Ever Wondered What a Medical Assistant Does on a Daily Basis?As our readers know, the life of a Medical Assistant (MA) is full of many different tasks which vary depending on the type of medical practice. Let’s take a look at how a Medical Assistant may spend his or her day!An MA typically begins their exciting day by logging into the Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) to review the patients for the day. This gives them a head start on preparing for what the doctor may need for the day. Excitement mounts as the patients arrive and the MA rooms the patients, takes vital signs, and begins taking the ‘history’ of why the patient has made the appointment.What happens next? This is where the fantastic mystery of medicine begins! Does the patient need blood drawn? An electrocardiogram? Suture removal? The important history the MA took will allow the doctor and team to review and determine the next step in patient care.As the busy day comes to end, the MA ensures the rooms are cleaned and returns any phones messages from patients. The MA is crucial to a successful medical office!If YOU are ready for an exciting career as a Medical Assistant the Allen School of Health Sciences is the place for you. Our Medical Assistants complete an extensive internship in addition to their class work and earn real world experience to help them on their way. If you are ready to start an exciting new career as a Medical Assistant please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or give us a call at 877-591-8753.
Institution For HOPE: Breast Cancer AwarenessThe month of October has become very pink over the past several years as more and more people, businesses and institutions begin to support a very important cause: Breast Cancer Awareness. This devastating disease affects millions of women and men every year and it takes everyone’s support to raise funds for research and education to help not only treat this devastating illness but also work towards preventing it for future generations.City of Hope; an organization founded in 1913 and dedicated to the treatment of cancer, diabetes and other diseases, compiled a list of 31 breast cancer facts for this month, one for every day of October. You can read the entire list here, but some of the top facts and figures are:
- A woman born today has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to theNational Cancer Institute.
- The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Thoughbreast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men.
- The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S.
- According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.
- Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.
Tips for Staying Healthy as the Seasons ChangeFall is officially here and for many that means colder weather and less time outdoors and being active. It is often easier to watch television or surf the internet than it is to hit the gym or take a walk in the park, but it’s important to stay healthy and active throughout the year.The weather may be dreary but it’s still important to get your exercise. Look for opportunities at work and school to get moving. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator. You can also dedicate a few minutes from your break time to walk around the building a few times instead of just sitting. This is also an excellent time of year to start a work out challenge with your fellow students or co-workers. That way you keep yourself healthy and help motivate others. And if you’re really brave you can check out these great “Deskercises” from the Washington PostDrink your water. It can be tempting to switch to hot beverages like coffee as the weather gets cooler, but it’s still just as important as during the summer months to stay hydrated. There are plenty of alternatives out there to keep you toasty while still keeping you healthy. Check out these tasty but healthy recipes from Real Simple Magazine to keep you toasty warm this winter.Warm up your kitchen with home cooking instead of take out. It can be tempting to hit a drive through and rush inside to spend the evening under a blanket in front of the television, but taking the time to prepare a home cooked meal will not only be healthier, but will also help keep you moving and active. If you don’t have a lot of time in the evening, consider cooking for the week on the weekend and just having food available to heat up when you get home. A crock pot is also a great way that you can prepare a meal without a whole lot of time spent in the kitchen.Keep your brain in shape! Cooler weather is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or even something more involved like a new education. Many local craft and hobby stores offer beginning courses in lots of different things like baking and knitting and even RC Car racing and drone flying. Community centers often offer exercise classes and even self-defense classes at little or no cost. And of course no matter what the season it’s always a great time to start working on your education. If you start classes this fall you can be done before everyone who waits and makes education their New Year Resolution.Staying healthy as the weather gets cold can be a challenge for sure but with some small tweaks to your lifestyle and a bit of dedication, you can stay in shape mentally and physically all year. And if you absolutely must “have an app for that” we have you covered. You can also check out this great list of games to train your brain from CNN Health.The Allen School of Health Sciences is an institution dedicated to healthcare and we firmly believe that prevention is the best medicine you can have. We hoped you enjoyed our tips to keep yourself healthy and active as the seasons change. If YOU are ready to make the change you deserve and start on the path to a new career in Healthcare please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or give us a call at 877-591-8753.
Making the Most of InternshipWhen it comes to Medical and Nursing Assistant training, the classroom work is only part of the equation to being successful. After several weeks of working hard in the classroom the real proof comes as you head out into the field and begin your Internship. This is your chance to put all your new skills to use and begin the first steps to a rewarding career.Treat Every Day Like An Interview: Treat your internship time just as you would a paid position. Be on time, be clean and neat, and most of all be ready to impress. Many internship sites will be evaluating you to become part of their team and stay on after your term as an intern. Even if they are not able to offer you a position, they will be your number one source for input with other employers as you start to interview. Many interns have started on a site day one that had no open positions only to have a place secured by the end of their internship because of their hard-work and dedication during their time as an internAlways say “Yes!”: Remember that you are on your internship site to not only add to your skillset, but also to help out the team with whom you are interning. Sometimes you may be asked to do simple tasks like help with filing or even empty out a trash can. On the other hand you may be asked to participate in something new and exciting you’ve never even seen before. Treat every opportunity with a positive attitude and you will be proving to the clinic that you are there to be part of the team and you want to help out in every way possible. You never know what great opportunities this may lead to.Make Time: Your internship is your chance to put all of your hard won new skills into practice. In some ways this time can be even more important than all those hours you spent in the classroom, but you need to make the time for it. Ideally you should never miss an hour of your internship, but if you absolutely must miss time, be sure to call in to both your internship site and to the school. When you miss time at internship, not only do you let the site down, you also cheat yourself out of time that could be bringing you closer to your career goals.Do Your Research: Everyone has a dream of what type of setting they want to work in, and that’s wonderful. However it is important to do your research first before insisting on a certain type of internship site. It is important to understand what types of sites have overnight hours if you can only work nights for example. If you want to specialize in a certain type of medicine look at how many opportunities for that type of healthcare exist in your area. If want to avoid a certain type of setting because you’re not comfortable with a certain skills like phlebotomy, remember that internship is a learning opportunity and there is no better time to step up to the plate and get the hands-on experience that will make you competent in those skills before you head out into the real world.Internship is an important time to put yourself and your skills to the test. It is important to take advantage of this time to make yourself even more skilled and more marketable. Up until now you and your classmates have been learning the same skills and gaining the same knowledge. Your internship is the thing that can really set you apart from the pack, but only if you dedicate 110% of your effort to gaining everything you can from it.The Allen School has made hundreds of connections in the medical field and we have a dedicated team of Career Services advisors ready to help you take your place in the field of healthcare. Visit our website www.allenschool.edu for more information or give us a call at 877-591-8753 to learn how you can start your dream of becoming a healthcare professional today.
Tips to Starting Your Education on the Right FootWonderful job! You’ve decided it’s finally time to get your education and start on the path to a great new career. You’ve completed the enrollment process and school starts in just a few weeks. Now you need to plan so you can be a successful student once your courses actually start. Set-Up Your Study Space: Decide in advance where you are going to study or attend class if you are an online student. Make sure it’s a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. If you are an online student make sure the space is comfortable so you can concentrate on class and be comfortable during the time you will be online. Take time before classes start to get your family accustomed to respecting your study space and help them understand if you are in that space, you are in class and cannot be disturbed. Set Your Schedule: Get into a routine before classes start so you are accustomed to your new schedule. You may have to set your alarm earlier than normal or you may need to stay up later than usual to accommodate your new hours. Don’t make plans with family or friends during the hours you will be in class. Help them get accustomed to the fact that you will be unavailable for them sometimes as you work on bettering yourself for a bright new career. Arrange Help if Needed: Establish things like day care for children before class begins. If possible, start your new routine prior to the first day of class. This way your children are settled into their new routine and you can start school without the stress of the first day away from your children to add to your own stress. If you need to rearrange your work schedule to accommodate classes, try to do so in advance as well so both you and your employer are used to the new routine. Also look at any upcoming appointments and make sure they will not keep you from school and reschedule them if at all possible. Do Some Research: Read through your school’s website and check out their social media profiles. Research the resources available to you while you are in class like Student Services, Career Services, or Technical Support. Use sites like Facebook and Twitter to ask questions of current students and see what classes are really like. Remember you are not alone. Every one of your classmates is has the same questions that you do and every student already in school has had to face many of the same challenges. Use their experience to get off to a great start. Signing up for classes is just the beginning. Your success in school will depend on your commitment to learning as well as planning ahead. Your time in school will be over before you know it and you’ll be on the right path to starting an exciting new career. Remember the Allen School of Health Sciences has decades of experience helping students just like you start on the path to a great new career in healthcare. We have many resources in place to help you succeed both in your training program and beyond! So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to get started: 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.
Top 5 Reasons to Start School NOW!# 5 – Timing is EverythingEarn your certificate now and graduate prior to many other students so you can beat the competition to potential job openings. Many schools don’t have an accelerated programs and they take 1-2 years to complete, this will delay your ability to gain the necessary skills to become employable as soon as possible.# 4 – Healthcare is STRONGER than EVER!According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Medical Billing and Coding Field is expected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024. 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. Medical Assistant is expected to grow by 23% from 2014 to 2024.# 3 –End this year DOING something you can be proud of!New Year-New Career! Starting your program means your expected graduation date could be September 2017. Don’t push off your new career any longer and be ready for job interviews sooner than someone completing a traditional degree program.# 2 – If not NOW, then WHEN?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!# 1 There is NO change without ACTIONSure, 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 the exact same unless you act to change it. Let’s start that change today! Ready to get started? Give us a call today to learn more. 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu
Top 5 Questions to Ask as You Look For Schools
- Are the instructors qualified?
- Is the institution accredited?
- What kind of Support Services will I receive while I’m in school?
- What types of Career Services are offered?
- Do you offer any opportunities to build my resume outside of course work?