5 Ways that Nursing Has Changed Over the Years

The nursing profession has been in existence for centuries, though it’s changed considerably throughout the course of human history. While the earliest nurses were often seen as secondary to doctors and other medical professionals, today’s healthcare industry recognizes nurses as one of the most vital parts of a medical team. These days, considering a career as a nurse or nursing assistant means envisioning a future that’s dramatically different than the one nurses may have had even a few decades ago. From available training programs and working environments to the increased responsibilities and potential career paths, nursing has improved in many different ways over the years.

Nursing Training is More Complex (and Beneficial) than Ever Before

Early on in the history of nursing, training wasn’t even considered a necessary part of the job. Many young nurses picked up basic caretaking skills from family members, and the earliest formal nurse training courses weren’t offered until the late 1800s. As time went on, training became much more widely available, eventually evolving into a requirement for the job. Today, job qualifications for nursing assistants and nurses are very in-depth, requiring formal schooling, certification, and even special education for certain positions.

The Everyday Work Environment Has Shifted Dramatically

For generations of nurses, workdays were spent either in the home or on the battlefield. Home visits were the norm, with few patients opting to receive care in a formal space such as a hospital. Today, nurses work in a wide variety of medical settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, assisted living facilities, schools, and military bases. Some nurses may travel to provide care via home health care services, while others may find that their work takes them across the world to serve those in need. 
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Nurses Now Possess a Diverse Range of Responsibilities

As nursing became a highly respected career field, and training evolved significantly, nurses gained a significant amount of responsibility. Modern-day nurses take on far more duties than the nurses of several generations ago, employing their specific expertise to fulfill important needs. Gone are the days when nurses were viewed as merely the assistants to doctors; now, they are seen as knowledgeable medical professionals with a valuable role all their own.

Medical Advancements Have Transformed Patient Care

It’s no surprise that technology and new discoveries have changed jobs across virtually all industries, but it’s especially true for those that work in healthcare. Today, many of the medical advancements we take for granted make it possible for nurses to save countless lives, prioritizing patient care and comfort much more than they were able to before.

Nurses Have More Opportunities for Growth

After becoming a nursing assistant or registered nurse, there is still a near-limitless potential for pursuing a career that suits your unique passions and interests. Nurses today can continue their studies and receive specialized certifications and degrees, many of them working in fields that didn’t even exist until recent decades, advancing their careers and increasing their long-term earning potential.  

Make Your Mark in Today’s Healthcare Field with an Education from the Allen School

For interested in the healthcare careers of nursing and medical assisting, an exciting future lies ahead. At the Allen School of Health Sciences, our medical assistant and nursing assistant training programs offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences and knowledge from expert instructors. We make sure that our nursing assistant and medical assistant training students are receiving an education based on the latest healthcare advancements. For details about our nursing assistant training programs in Brooklyn and Jamaica, Queens, contact the Allen School of Health Sciences today.  

Reasons Why Hand washing Should Matter to You.

Reasons Why Hand washing Should Matter to You.

Hand washing with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to loved ones. Many diseases are spread by not cleaning your hands properly after touching contaminated objects or surfaces. And although not all germs are bad, illness can occur when harmful germs enter our bodies through the eyes, nose, and mouth. That’s why it is critical to wash hands at key times, such as after a flood or during a flu pandemic when germs can be passed from person to person and make others sick.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them, however during a disaster, clean running water may not be available. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Here are three key reasons why you should always care about handwashing:

  • Handwashing can keep children healthy and in school. Handwashing education can reduce the number of young children who get sick and help prevent school absenteeism.
  • Handwashing can help prevent illness. Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the most important action you can take to protect yourself from flu. Besides getting a flu vaccine, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions including frequent handwashing with soap and water.
  • Handwashing is easy! Effective handwashing is a practical skill that you can easily learn, teach to others, and practice every day to prepare for an emergency. It takes around 20 seconds, and can be done in five simple steps:
    • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap
    • 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

In order to protect our community during the COVID-19 crisis, The Allen School of Health Sciences is offering virtual campus tours for enrollment of our Spring class. Contact the Allen School today! We cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.

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A Day in the Life of a Nursing Assistant

If you’re considering a career as a certified nursing assistant, you might be wondering: what exactly does a CNA do? Even though many people interested in the healthcare field have a general idea of the duties of a nursing assistant, many are curious about the day-to-day routine of a CNA. Wherever your CNA career path takes you, you can be confident that you’re choosing one of the most rewarding healthcare careers out there.Here’s an interesting peek into a day in the life of a nursing assistant, specifically one working with patients in a nursing home:

6:30 – 7:00 AM

Once I arrive at work, I put on my scrubs and get ready for the day. That means clocking in, checking in at the nurses’ station, and getting my list of patients for the day.

7:00-8:00 AM

I make my first set of rounds, checking in with all my patients and getting them ready for the day. For most, this involves help getting up out of bed, using the restroom, and getting into the shower or a bath.

8:30 AM

Breakfast is ready! Most of my patients today feed themselves, but a few need help. I spend some one-on-one time with those patients, enjoying a brief morning chat while feeding them today’s breakfast of pancakes and berries.

9:00-10:00 AM

Time for rounds again – this time, I’m mostly just changing them and helping them to the restroom as needed. Every time I see my patients, it’s important to me to make sure they have everything they need. For some, this means grabbing an extra blanket or a warm beverage, while others ask for their walkers to head to the community room.

10:30 AM

After checking in with patients that have activated their call lights, our team works on getting patients together for the daily activity time. Today, there are a few exercises planned, along with a short movie showing for anyone who’d like to participate.

11:00AM-12:00 PM

After finishing rounds again, I start prepping my patients for lunch. It’s chicken soup on the menu for today. I make sure that patients’ clothing is carefully covered with towels to catch any spills and assist those who require help eating.

12:30 PM

Now it’s my turn for lunch, and I eat a quick meal with a few other CNAs on my team. We talk about last night’s episode of a popular sitcom, then get ready to jump back into rounds.

1:00-2:00 PM

Last rounds of my shift, which include taking vitals and recording weights. I say goodbye to my patients for the day, promising to stop by their rooms to say hello tomorrow.

3:00 PM

As I clock out for the day, I can’t help but smile – even though the day was hectic, as always, it’s been so fulfilling to make a positive difference in the daily lives of my patients.

Begin Your Nursing Assistant Career with an Education from the Allen School of Health Sciences

For individuals interested in the world of medical careers, The Allen School of Health Sciences can be an excellent first step towards a bright future. Whether you’ve been dreaming of a job as a nursing assistant for years, or you’re just now considering rerouting your current career path, our certified nursing training program can prepare you to enter the healthcare industry.One of the biggest benefits of working as a CNA is opening the door to a wide variety of professional opportunities and career paths – all you have to do is get started. For more information about how enrolling in our nursing assistant training program can jumpstart your future, contact The Allen School of Health Sciences today.

COVID-19 World Health Organization update

Here at the Allen School, we are taking every preventative measure to ensure the safety of our students. It’s important to stay calm and informed.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but according to the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/prevent.html, “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions. Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).”
 For more information please check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/prevent.html.For current or perspective students, please reach out to us with any questions; we’re here for you! www.allenschool.edu

International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”. https://www.internationalwomensday.com/About In honor of this day, we wanted to highlight an Allen School graduate. She, like so many of us, had to overcome tragedy to achieve her goals and turn some trying obstacles into hope and success.

“Being at the Allen School was really tough. I went through a lot of complications and a lot of obstacles just to finish. One of the obstacles that I went through to finish was losing one of the loves of my life, my daughter Lola. She was only 7 months and it was tough, but if I wouldn’t have gone through that, I would have never gained the courage to finish school. She put a big battery in my back to finish school. Not only Lola, but my other daughter Janae.

Losing someone that you love so dearly, someone that you would conquer everything for, can change you; Without my children, I would have never come to the Allen School. They were the reason I was here. I thought that when I lost her, I couldn’t come back, and the school wasn’t even sure I was ready either. Two weeks after her funeral though, I came right back. I hunted the school down and said, ‘I’m ready, I’m coming back’. 

I did it. I finished. I did my internship and it was amazing. I didn’t think I could even finish my internship, but my children gave me the courage. My family, my friends, the school, my teachers and colleagues- they gave me the courage to finish school. And it’s the best decision I ever made in my life, because I’m happy. I have my career. I have my family and I have another beautiful daughter on the way. So, I say this to say, no matter the obstacle, no matter what is in your way, just step over it, just step over it and you’ll get through it. Just keep your head up and keep praying and you’ll make it. You’ll finish. Look at me, I finished “-Jessica M. Allen School Grad, 2019

Since our interview with Jessica, she has given birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has brought yet another female into this world to help us celebrate International Women’s day, every day! 

For more info on International Women’s day, you can visit their site : https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

The path to a career in medical Assisting

Helping individuals has always been a passion of mine. It wasn’t until I woke up to a phone call that changed my life forever. My mother & grandmother had gotten into a car accident. I remember being in the hospital with my 3 year old baby boy, not able to help ease their pain. Being home wasn’t making me think about the situation any less, so I returned to work.

Sitting at my desk I came across an ad for the Allen school, & had a very strong feeling telling me to fill out the contact form. Not long after I received a call from Nicole, who is one of the most amazing Academic Advisors I have ever met. She had me come in, tour the campus & talk to some of the students and instructors. I then met Dr. Hunt, who is not only the school director, but she is also one of the best instructors and someone I strongly look up to. I often think “One day I want to be like her”.

Once I got accepted, I felt like my life was slowly coming together. I am very grateful for all of the staff, instructors & students that I can now call friends. All of these wonderful people push me to not only become a better person, but a successful healthcare provider, so I can provide a better life not only for myself, but for my little boy as well. Choosing Allen School was one of the best decisions I have ever made. One day I hope to not only become a Medical Assistant, but also expand my horizons to becoming a Cardiologist.

Medical Assistant- Graduate spotlight

The hardest thing is waking up every day knowing that you’re not doing something to better yourself, when you have the option to follow your dreams. It wasn’t until I felt so lost, with no home or vehicle to get around with, making very little money, that I began losing my passion and purpose in life. As a cosmetologist I had a client that worked for Mayo clinic who loved the oncology field. Within in minutes I found my purpose. She sent me several schools in my area and the first one to contact me back was Allen School.

The first person I talked to was Nicole, she and Justine not only assured me the quality of education but the true purpose of family environment. I was ready to walk out and follow my path as a hairstylist until I met Dr. Hunt. She came in with open arms and stated this was going to help me in the long run and that I would never have to worry about being homeless again. I don’t only have an education and a secured career but also a family that truly cares about my well-being. The amount of resources and motivation to keep going doesn’t just start with the teachers; it begins with the dedication of my entire class.

I came in with no friends, hope or money and now I have perfect attendance and a family of 25 girls who help me every day to be a better person and mother. I wake up every day excited and know that I’m creating a better life for my son. This is for you, Aisely.

Allen School Graduate Spotlight- Medical Assistant

I am Lidia, a student at the Allen School of Health Sciences. The reason I decided to begin this journey was because I wanted to do better for myself and my family. I started searching for a school, and this school was one of my options. I went to get more information and I fell in love with the way I was treated.

I started in January, scared, because I didn’t think I was ready to go to school; I had finished high school 21 years prior, but it didn’t stop me. From day one, I felt welcomed by the professors, they were there for me and the rest of the class to help in every possible way, and that encouraged me to do more.

Besides the support from my professors, I had the constant support from my children and that made everything easier. Today I’m doing my last three weeks of my internship in Citimed JFK, applying what I have learned at school and learning new things. I couldn’t have asked for a better site to intern, a big shout-out to Career Service for your hard work and for your dedicated service to the students. 

Allen School Pride

Nursing Assistant is one of the first programs that we ever offered at the Allen School of Health Sciences. There have been students that have had generations of family members attend and recommend our programs. Recently, we had a student come into our Brooklyn campus to learn more information about our Medical Assisting program. When she came in for her Career Planning Session she explained that she graduated from the Allen School Nursing Assistant program among other programs over 20 years ago. She was beaming with Allen School pride as she expressed her extraordinary career over the last two decades, working in well-known New York City hospitals. We hear stories like this one often.Stories such as this student are a strong reminder that Allen of Health Sciences has a rich history and bright future. We still offer Nursing Assistant classes at our Brooklyn, NY and our original location in Jamaica, Queens. Both campuses are enrolling now for Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant classes! Scheduling an appointment and coming in for a Career Planning Session is half the battle. Call us today at 877-591-8753 and learn about our programs, so you can become the next Allen School success story working in the healthcare field.

Allen School Graduate Spotlight

I am currently in module 3 and the Allen School has supporting me since the first day I walked in and I was five months pregnant when I wanted to join, so I was nervous the Allen School wouldn’t be an option. Right away they assured me though, that I could do it and I could accomplish my goals, pregnant or not.

I was able to leave and pick up right where I left off. I know that I am doing this for not only my family but for myself. I want to succeed and love my job. Coming back after the delivery of my son was a huge challenge for me. Leaving him worried me that I would not be able to concentrate and do well. Leaving him never gets easy but the Allen School helps me by bringing me joy.

I get excited to attend and learn from all the amazing teachers. They make me feel confident that I know the material inside and out, because I am never spoon fed the answers. They truly wish for my success. This lets me know I have a support team at home AND at school. Now I confidently juggle a 4-month-old baby, a 4.0 GPA, work, and motherhood. No matter the situation, the Allen School will help you thrive and accomplish this program. Thank you, for supporting me since day one!