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Why Becoming a Home Health Aide is a Smart Move

Why Becoming a Home Health Aide is a Smart Move

If you’re looking for a career in the medical field, it’s worth looking into becoming a home health aide. Home health aides provide a valuable service, making people’s lives better by caring for them in their homes, offering companionship as well as medical assistance and help with daily life. Providing care that allows people to stay in their homes is very meaningful, and home health aides often build personal relationships as they care for their clients and help their families. What’s more, it’s a career that offers competitive wages as well as important work. In 2019, becoming a home health aide is a smart move. Why is it such a good choice? For one thing, it’s a great way to enter the medical field. While becoming a doctor or nurse can take years and cost a large amount of money, it’s possible to become a home health aide in as little as three weeks. Not only does it not cost too much money, but because certification is completed in such a short time, graduates can begin earning money in a matter of weeks. Another reason being a home health aide is such a great career option is that the work is varied, and you can have a great deal of flexibility. While many home health aides work in people’s homes, there are also opportunities to work in residential care facilities, and it’s often possible to find a job with flexible hours to meet your needs. Home health aides have the ability to continue their education and pursue specialization, developing skills that allow for professional advancement.  Being a home health...
What does it take to be an EKG/Phlebotomy Technician?

What does it take to be an EKG/Phlebotomy Technician?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare careers are expected to grow at a rate of 18% between 2016 and 2026- a much higher growth rate than most other careers. As the Baby Boomers age, the over-65 population is set to double by 2060, and about 75 percent of those older Americans will need medical care due to a chronic condition. If you want to make the most of this booming career field, you might consider a rewarding position of an EKG/phlebotomy technician. EKG/phlebotomy technicians are in high demand, and the training does not take very long to complete. Do you have what it takes to succeed in this kind of job? Read on to learn more about it. Five attributes that make you a great candidate for phlebotomy work: Good hand-eye coordination is important because you’ll be drawing blood from patients and blood donors. It’s crucial that you be able to focus and draw blood correctly on the first attempt so that you can avoid causing anxiety and pain for the patient. Compassion helps people who are afraid of needles to feel at ease. A good phlebotomist speaks gently to patients, reacting to them empathetically and reassuring them that they are in good hands. It’s easier to draw blood safely when the patients are calm. Attention to detail is vital for a phlebotomy technician. There are certain procedures that must be followed both during and after a blood draw so that the samples can get to the labs with no confusion or risk of misdiagnosis. Willingness to work as part of a team is important for...
What does a certified nurse aide do?

What does a certified nurse aide do?

The medical field is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and experts estimate that medical careers will grow by 18 percent between 2016 and 2026. Nursing is a meaningful and highly respected career, but it can take several years to complete a nursing degree and become licensed. If you’re interested in nursing, but would like a career that you can start relatively quickly, consider becoming a certified nursing assistant. What does a CNA do? Responsibilities can vary, but in short, certified nursing assistants provide hands-on health care to patients. A CNA helps with daily activities. This can include hygiene tasks like bathing, combing hair, shaving, and brushing teeth, as well as taking patients to appointments or activities within the healthcare facility. Some patients may need help eating, others may need assistance changing position or moving between the wheelchair and the bed, and some may need help using the toilet and getting dressed. Sometimes, the responsibilities of a CNA will include some housekeeping. Certified nursing assistants are good listeners. An important part of the job is to talk to patients, listening to and recording their concerns so that you can relay the information to the nurses. It’s important for a CNA to have good communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have astute observational skills, noticing even slight changes in patient condition or demeanor. Measuring and recording vital signs is another responsibility of a CNA. Taking patients’ temperature and blood pressure, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake, tracking their weight, and keeping tabs on their pain levels are all important parts of caring for them. A certified...
So You’re Interested in a Medical Career…

So You’re Interested in a Medical Career…

You may have heard that careers in the medical field are increasing at a rapid pace. The Baby Boomers are aging, which means the aging population is growing, and with many of these older Americans suffering from chronic conditions, medical jobs are expected to grow at a rate of about 18 percent between 2016 and 2026. Making the move to a medical career is a smart choice, but many people who are interested might feel that this kind of work is out of their reach. Why? Because becoming a doctor or nurse takes a great deal of time and money. You might really want to be in a medical career so that you can help people and have a rewarding profession but may find yourself without the time or money for all that schooling. Does this sound familiar? There’s good news: there are plenty of medical careers you can obtain simply by earning a certificate. Becoming a home health aide offers a chance to do meaningful work. Certification doesn’t take long, and you can be in a new career in a matter of weeks, providing the kind of care that allows people to maintain their independence and remain in their homes. A certified nurse’s aide typically works in nursing homes or hospitals, under the direction of other health care professionals. From helping patients get in and out of bed and bathe to taking blood pressure and temperatures to observing and reporting changes to the physical, emotional and mental state of patients, nurses’ aides do important work caring for patients. With just 96 hours of classroom instruction and a 30-hour...
How long does it take to become a Bartender?

How long does it take to become a Bartender?

Bartending is an exciting career that provides a wide range of job opportunities, and competitive earnings. It’s a fun job, whether you’re pouring beers at a cozy neighborhood pub or mixing cocktails at an upscale club. Bartenders can even find work with flexible hours, and jobs that allow them to express themselves creatively. If you’re looking to break into this business, you might wonder: how long does it take to become a bartender? To become a bartender, you’ll need certain skills. Some of these are personality traits you’re born with, like a friendly nature and a good memory. Bartenders need to be good at communicating and well-organized. They have to be able to maintain their composure, even when things get hectic and know how to read people and understand what kind of service they’re expecting. There are also many skills that you’ll need to learn if you want to become a bartender. You’ll have to learn how to mix cocktails, free pour, handle the tools of the trade, and keep a clean bar. Bartenders also need to know how to handle money, maintain good energy when dealing with a crowd, and keep up with all the latest drinks. How long does it take to learn all that? Surprisingly, at ABC Training Center it only requires forty classroom hours. It’s not expensive, and in fact, only costs $199 at ABC. What’s more, ABC does more than just teach. Certainly, we’ve got a modern, practical curriculum that provides our students with valuable information. However, we also immerse our students in real-world experiences, behind real bars, serving alcohol to real customers, for...