What Does a Nursing Assistant Do?

Nursing Assistants are an integral part of institutions providing long term resident care such as Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centers. But have you ever wondered what a Nursing Assistant actually does?

They Help Patients

  • Mostly by helping patients perform tasks they may no longer be able to like basic grooming, assisting them to move in and out of bed, showering or bathing, and serving meals

Listen to Their Patients

  • Many time patients will tell things to a nursing assistant that they didn’t mention when a higher level healthcare provider assessed them. Nursing assistants spend way more time with their patients and must listen carefully for any information that should be passed along to a higher level healthcare provider.

Measure Vitals

  • NA’s will often assist in taking and recording basic vital signs like weight, temp, and blood pressure and then record them in their institutions electronic health record system. So strong clinical skills are a must.

House Keeping

  • A patient who cannot properly care for themselves often needs help keeping their room and belongings in order. A nursing assistant can play an important role in helping a patient feel comfortable by helping them keep their room and belongings clean and orderly.

Tend to Your Patients Issues and Problems

  • You are often one of the people who will have the most contact with your patient and as you go about your daily tasks it’s important to monitor any issues your patient may have, such as bedsores.
It takes a very special person to be a Nursing Assistant. There’s a lot of hard but rewarding work associated with this position. If you think you are ready to make a difference in your life and the lives of others by becoming an NA please contact us today! Be sure to visit www.allenschool.edu for more info.

June is Mental Health Awareness Month

The Allen School of Health Sciences dedicates the month of June to Mental Health Awareness as part of our Institution for HOPE Campaign. Mental Health can be very challenging as it often doesn’t appear anything is wrong with someone who is struggling to cope. Below we find 10 ways to help you and others look after your own mental health. 
  1. Talk About Your Feelings
  2. Keep Active
  3. Eat Well
  4. Drink Sensibly or Not at All
  5. Keep in Touch
  6. Ask for Help
  7. Take a Break
  8. Care for Others
  9. Do Something You are Good At
  10. Accept Who You Are
It is estimated that about 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffer from some sort of mental illness making this cause an extremely important one to support.If YOU are ready to become a student here at the Allen School and take your learning experience out of the classroom and into the real world through our Institution for HOPE campaign please contact us today. You can visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

New Year’s Resolution Check-Up

Believe it or not June is here and 2018 is officially half gone. How has your year been? How far have you gotten on achieving the goals you set for yourself in January? We hope you are well on your way to everything you’ve been striving for all year, but just in case here are a few suggestions to get you back on track.
  1. Remember why you set the goal for yourself in the first place. Chances are you were going to improve your life in some way. If you haven’t gained the change you were hoping for it’s time to visit your goal again and remind yourself of the good things you hope to achieve by obtaining your goal.
  2. Make a list of all the things that have kept you from keeping your New Year resolution and think of ways to overcome them. You may have to make changes to your schedule or budget, depending on the goals you are trying to achieve.
  3. Break your resolution down to smaller parts. While your grand plan may seem overwhelming as a whole, it will probably be attainable if you break it down into smaller parts and work towards your ultimate goal by setting smaller goals
For many starting a new career is a great New Year resolution, but sometimes this can be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to even start working towards that goal. Let us help you get started today. From enrollment to your first career the Allen School team will be here to help you every step of the way. Don’t let another year go by just settling for a job, when you could be in an exciting new healthcare career in less than a year.Classes are enrolling now for summer sessions. Call us today to get started! Visit our website for more information. www.allenschool.edu

A Day in the Life of a Medical Assistant

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.

Why attend School in the Summer?

Summer is almost here, and the winter blues are behind us! Now is the perfect time to start school while the weather is pleasant and warm. Allen School of Health Sciences has four simple reasons why you should attend school during the summer season.
  1. Weather – Living in a cold climate like New York City the winters can be a bit depressing and students have to find ways to stay motivated. However, once summer comes the weather is so beautiful and the days are longer. That alone can foster motivation to rise early and get to school on time.
  2. Mood – Warm weather can influence your mood. A good mood can equate to positive outcomes. For example, good grades and perfect attendance.
  3. Bucket List – Completing post-secondary education is a bucket list item for a lot of people.  Now is the perfect time to accomplish this goal!
  4. New Year’s Resolutions – Every year we think of new items we want to accomplish by year end. Time flies and the year is now half way gone. How many of your resolutions have you accomplished?
Begin your summer with a goal oriented mind set, so time sensitive goals like enrolling in school can become a priority. Do not waste any more time trying to figure out perfect time because there is no perfect time.  If you are done making excuses and want to advance in your career call us today at 877-591-8753 or visit www.allenschool.edu

What if a Traditional College Isn’t For You?

Many of our students come to the Allen School with a very similar story. They graduated high school and started down the path of a traditional four year college and found it just wasn’t a great fit after all. Many of them started college with no idea of the career path they wanted to pursue, or they didn’t see how the classes they had to take would fit their goals. This made them wonder if maybe there was a better plan. Here are a few reasons why it may be time to ditch the traditional university and work towards a certificate in healthcare with the Allen School of Health Sciences instead. 
  1. Classes That Count: Every class in our curriculum is geared towards your new career. You won’t have to take a bunch of classes that don’t seem to be helping you achieve your goals.
  2. Shorter Programs: It can be hard to stay focused on the prize while attending a traditional 4 year university. It can seem like forever before you actually get to start working in your chosen field. The Allen School allows you to get out in the field sooner, sometimes in as little as 9 months.
  3. Hands on Practice: While book learning is great hands on clinical practice will help you achieve your goals and enter the workforce with confidence. It will also help keep you motivated for the great career you are working towards.
  4. Internship: Many traditional schools don’t offer you an opportunity to go into the workplace and gain valuable experience in your field prior to graduating. Once you classwork ends you are all on your own. Being able to practice your new found skills in a real working environment is priceless to help build both your confidence and your resume.
  5. Support Teams: There aren’t too many universities out there that help you through the process of resume writing, job searching, interviewing and more. The Allen School has a top notch team ready to help you gain the skillset you need to help secure your future in healthcare.
These are just a few of the reasons a less traditional post-secondary education plan may be the right fit for you. If you are ready to think outside the box and start working towards a new career today we welcome you to visit our website at www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

Time for Career Change? Find a New Career Path

Is the spark flying out of your current job? We spend nearly ⅓ of our days at work, (and that doesn’t even factor in daily commutes). Life’s too short to work for a company or industry that doesn’t bring you joy or ignite passion. You know you deserve more, you just might not be sure where to get it. If you think it’s time for a career change, here are some surefire signs it’s time to start updating your resume and reignite your fire for work.

You’re Embarrassed to Talk About Your Work

If you find yourself flinching when “So what do you do?” comes up at a dinner party or can feel your own eyes glazing over when you try to explain what your daily schedule looks like, it might be time to look into a new career. Your work should bring pride, not pain, when it comes up in conversation, wowing friends and family, not sending them snoozing.

You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be in High School

You had big dreams as a kid, and there’s still time to make them come true! If you dreamed of making a difference in the lives of patients, The Allen School could help! Offering medical assistant and nursing assistant training on our campuses in Phoenix, AZ, and well as in Queens and Brooklyn, NY, The Allen School can help you ditch your desk job and get into a career that matters. You owe it to yourself- past and present.

You’re Reading this Article

Admit it, if you’re spending your lunch break googling “should I quit my job?”, your mind is already made up. It’s not a matter of “should I?” but “when and how will I?”.

You deserve to have a career that brings you joy and makes a difference in the lives of others. A career move to medical assistant or nurse assistant, is a smart idea in the rapidly growing medical field. The Allen School can start you on the path with the in-depth training you need to be successful.  Contact one of our representatives today and find out how you can stop working to live, and start loving your work.

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Going Back to School After 40, Questions to Ask

Deciding to go back to school is far from an easy one. Making room for classes and homework on top of an already busy life can leave you with a lot of questions. If you’re considering a career in medical or nursing assisting, here are a few questions you may be asking yourself.

How will I afford it?

Perhaps the biggest factor to take in when considering going back to school: Just where will you find the money? Finances can be a hindrance to furthering your education. We at Allen School take that into account and offer a range of financial aid services to our students, including grants and loans if qualified, or one-on-one financial counseling. For veterans, we offer a range of VA approved benefits. Now medical training is within your grasp with the help of The Allen School.

How will I find the time?

With support from The Office of Career Services, time is available for your training success. Going back to school often means adding a huge new responsibility to your already-full plate, leaving you wondering where you’ll find extra hours in the day. However, furthering your education doesn’t have to mean sacrificing time with family. Contact us for more information on our class schedules so that you can find the right fit for you. Our faculty has all the tips you’ll need to be successful in your training and lead a positive work-life balance.

Will I fit in? You’ll Find You’re a Great Fit.

You might have images of hacky sacks and frat parties when you think of the phrase “Back to School.” You may think you’ll find yourself surrounded by twenty-somethings, unable to fit in. Not so at Allen School. According to the NCES, nearly 8 million people over the age of 25 are currently seeking an education, and that number is expected to rise. We have students from all walks of life of all ages. At Allen School, we are brought together for a single purpose: to learn the tools of the trade of the medical assisting field and build a brighter future.

Will it be worth it?

That all depends on you! At Allen School, you will have the tools to help you build a rewarding career in nursing assistance; it’s up to you to use them to create your dream career and build a future to look forward to. With accredited staff, hands-on training, and career services at your disposal, you will have everything you need to build the professional future you’ve always dreamed of.

The medical field is rapidly growing and a rewarding career decision. If you’re ready to start your career as a nursing assistant, don’t wait. Contact us for a free consultation to answer any questions you may have about our program. Your future starts today!

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8 Important Characteristics Of Adult Learners

More and more adults are deciding to head back to the classroom, to learn new skills to advance their current careers or to begin new ones. With this increase in older students comes the question: How can adult learners make the most of their unique experiences?Here are eight characteristics of adult learners that make going back to school successful:

1) Self Starters

Adult students tend to be better self-starters than their younger counterparts. Years or decades of independent living and decision making means that older students can complete tasks without as much guidance as students coming straight from regimented high school and their parent’s homes.

2) Highly Motivated

Younger students may simply have the goal of “finding oneself” or “getting a degree,” while many adult students go back to school with a specific goal in mind. With a concrete goal to reach, they are better equipped to complete their goal, whatever challenges may arise.

3) Practicality

With age comes wisdom and with wisdom a more practical mindset. Adult learners know their limitations more than younger students and learn to work around them to complete their education. The Allen School is here to help students manage that delicate balance between classroom and life.

4) High Expectations

Going back to school is no easy feat. Taking on the extra financial, mental and physical toll of continuing education means that older students may have more at stake, and thus expect more from their education. The Allen School knows this, and their nationally accredited programs and rigorous coursework lives up to the higher expectation of its students.

5) Goal Oriented

Adult learners know there is no time to waste with vague notions of what they want from their education. They have a concrete goal: whether to achieve a higher degree for a promotion or to go down an entirely new career path and attain the training needed. Adult learners know that goals define are goals achieved.

6) Personal Experience

Adult learners come back to the classroom with years of life experience that they bring into each lesson. With varied perspectives and concrete experience, having adult learners in the classroom helps to enrich everyone’s educational experience.

7) Priorities

Many adult learners are juggling school with families, full-time jobs, and financial obligations. With so many plates spinning, they can pinpoint what is important and cut out the rest. The Allen School offers financial aid and financial counseling to students who may need help in making education their top priority.

8) Community Needs

Above all, adult learners are better equipped to see the “big picture.” Many are drawn to careers which help the greater good and are willing to help their fellow students achieve goals which benefit the entire community.It’s never too late to kickstart your education and begin a career that is perfect for you. Contact The Allen School today to set up a free consultation and find out how you can get back to learning.

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How to Handle Job Interview Nerves

So after nine months of school and internship it’s finally time to go out there and get your dream job. You’ve spent hours combing through job openings, you’ve polished your resume to perfection, and you’ve applied for some great jobs. Then that moment comes and you get a call to come in for an interview. Now is NOT the time to panic. Here are a few great tips to help you relax and face your interview like a pro.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
While these tips may not calm all of your pre-interview nerves they can definitely help. Remember you have worked very hard to get to this point in your life and you are READY to succeed. All of your hard work over the last several months has brought you to this point.If you are ready to take the first steps towards your new career contact us today. We offer our students a wide array of Career Support Services to help you succeed in your new career. To learn more visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.