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.
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 you made the decision to better yourself through education and start on the path to a new career in healthcare.
- Be thankful for the family and friends who support you as you make this journey.
- Be thankful for the faculty and staff that help you along the way here at the Allen School
- Be thankful for your employer for being flexible enough to accommodate your schedule and believe in your plan to better yourself.
- 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
- Resume Development
- Job Search Skills
- Recommendations for Professional dress and appearance
- Internship Placement and overview
- Interview Skill development
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
If you are overweight you will always get diabetes.
While being overweight is a contributing factor to possibly contracting diabetes, it’s not the only risk factor.
Eating a lot of sugar causes diabetes.
While sugary treats and beverages do raise blood glucose levels, diabetes is caused by genetics and life style choices.
Diabetes isn’t a serious disease.
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.
People with diabetes cannot have chocolate or sweets.
This is thankfully a myth. They just need to be consumed in very small portions and only on occasion.
People with diabetes are more likely to catch other illnesses.
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 Wash Your Hands to Protect from Germs & Diseases
- Wet your hands with clean warm or cold running water and apply soap.
- 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.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Clean Your Hands with Hand SanitizerIf 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 DiseasesIf you are working or living with someone who is sick, remember:
- Avoid close contact.
- Stay home when you are sick to help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
- Clean your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, drinking plenty of fluids, and managing your stress.
From simple doctor’s visits to extended hospital stays pediatric patients can present their own unique set of needs and challenges. Often times they don’t understand what is going on and this can cause them to have major fears of medical procedures and testing. Unlike their adult counterparts they may have trouble expressing their feelings, and let’s face it, when it comes to long hospital stays they can get really bored.
So today we look at some new high-tech toys that help children have a more positive experience in the healthcare setting.
Vaccines Are No Fun
So a Brazil based company developed a virtual reality game called VR Vaccine that makes the kids a hero in a game battling a villain. The kids wear armor and get to fight bad guys while the person giving the vaccine follows the story and coordinate motions like swabbing the skin and administering the injection to the story line.
It’s Hard to Say How You Feel
So US based Company Sproutel has created a robot duck companion for children undergoing cancer treatment with an emotion chip that allows the children to have the duck show how they are feeling. Children are also able to administer “chemotherapy” to their ducks through a special port. Insurance company Aflec is providing these ducks to pediatric cancer patients at no cost at this time.
Understanding What will Happen can be Challenging
So Canadian company RxRobots has created a robot called MEDi that helps kids understand a procedure and helps them learn how to relax and cope with procedures that may be uncomfortable or painful. Children can also perform procedures on the robot and it assures them they are doing a good job and reinforces that healthcare professionals are always trying to help their patient even when it seems like they are not in a child’s eyes.
These are just a few of the awesome high tech gadgets being developed to help children have a more positive experience in a healthcare setting to read more about these toys and others please click here and read the entire article recently published on BBC Health.
The healthcare industry offers a variety of highly rewarding career paths, each one specializing in a unique set of intellectual and physical skills. However, the one skill set spanning all healthcare professions is emotional in nature. ― The ability to show empathy and kindness to the patients and families for whom you are caring. While everyone in need of medical aid can benefit from a compassionate caregiver, it is particularly beneficial to your geriatric patient.
Continue reading for three reasons why working with the elderly is an emotionally gratifying and professionally wise focus for your healthcare career.
1. Job Satisfaction
Geriatric patients are men and women blessed with long lives but have seen their physical primes come and go. The need for medical assistance can highlight that fact, and a patient’s response to your aid can understandably fall anywhere on a wide spectrum. While one patient might be grateful and helpful, another could be irritable and uncooperative. It is your job as the medical professional to handle each scenario with poise and skill, and your privilege as a human being to do so with a gentle, non-judgmental touch to preserve both their dignity and health.
There is great emotional reward to be found in the process of caring for elderly patients. The National Center for Biotechnology reports that the emotional attachment healthcare workers have with their elderly patients is often considered the greatest reward of their jobs ― and, one of the many reasons they stay.
This concept suggests the rewards of specializing in geriatric patient care often transcend mere job satisfaction; A sense of fulfillment that is not easy to top!
2. Personal and Professional Growth
Specializing in geriatric care is a natural intersection for personal and professional growths. Elderly adults, by nature, are not shallow people – their life experiences run deep, likely having taught them many lessons in the process. They have seen war, economic rises and falls, the lifecycle of a career, love, and loss. While assisting in their medical care, the relationships that can form create opportunities to learn from their stories and encourage personal growth.
That maturity easily bleeds into professional growth, as caring for an elderly mind and body can drive you to be more gentle than you thought possible, increase your efficiency and skill conducting procedures, inspire greater patience, and create a more profound sense of gratitude for your own life and loved ones. It is this mutually beneficial dynamic that makes working with elderly adults so gratifying, and the Allen School of Health Sciences offers multiple programs to help you break into this respected healthcare professions, among many others.
3. High Job Demand and Security
With the changing demographics in the US, the demand for geriatric healthcare professionals is increasing. According to the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., as baby boomers approach retirement age, the number of Americans over age 55 will rise from 60 million (21 percent of the population) to more than 107 million (31 percent) by 2030.
Additionally, there are many healthcare environments to choose from when determining what is right for you. If you do your best work in high-energy settings, you might decide to work in a hospital or rehabilitation facility; if you prefer calm surroundings, consider working in nursing homes or retirement communities; and if you desire the privacy to create those personal relationships, you can do so in the homes of your patients.
Start Working Today
Working with the elderly is a unique, important healthcare path – encouraging personal and professional growth and security. To learn more about our career services and start your journey in healthcare, contact the Allen School of Health Sciences today!