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Finding the Program that’s Right for You

Finding the Program that’s Right for You

If you’re interested in training for a new career, there are many different schools from which to choose. By taking the time to do some research, you’ll be sure to find a school that meets your needs, but there will still be decisions to make. For one thing, there are typically many different programs within one school, which means you’ll have to look for the program that’s best for you. What do you need to consider when making that decision? Consider your commitment level. How much time, money, and energy are you willing and able to invest in your education? If you’re already overcommitted with other things in your life, are there things you’ll be able to set aside to make room for your training? Assess your own skillset. For instance, if you don’t enjoy working closely with people, a home health aide program won’t be a good fit for you. If the sight of blood makes you queasy, it’s a safe bet that phlebotomy is not for you. Think about what you’re already good at doing. Are you good with numbers? Is attention to detail a talent of yours? Are you a people person? Look for programs that capitalize on your natural talents and skills. Think about your preferences. Do you work best on your own or with a team? Do you like quiet or busy workspaces? Do you like being behind the scenes or in the thick of the action? Even if you’re imminently capable of doing a certain job, if you don’t enjoy doing it, it won’t be a good fit for you. Look for a...
What Kind of Person Becomes a Home Health Aide?

What Kind of Person Becomes a Home Health Aide?

Have you ever considered becoming a home health aide? Home health aides provide support to patients, in a rapidly growing career field. In fact, the number of home health aide jobs in the United States is expected to grow by 36 percent between now and 2028, which is a much higher growth rate than average. Becoming a home health aide doesn’t require extensive training- in fact, the training can be completed in as little as three weeks. It does, however, require a certain type of person. What kind of person can be a home health aide? There are actually several characteristics necessary to be an effective home health aide (HHA). Do you have what it takes? Patience: During the course of a day at work, an HHA must stay calm and exercise self-control. Often, clients have limited mobility and require assistance with daily tasks, which can put a crimp in the daily schedule. Patience allows a home health aide to assist without rushing and helps to keep from upsetting the client. Honesty: Home health aides help clients with some very intimate tasks, and work in their homes. Patients and their families must trust their home health aides to keep confidential matters private, and home health aides must display integrity in all of their dealings. Empathy: Empathetic caregivers understand how their clients are feeling, and help them to feel less alone. Compassion develops as an HHA works with patients, and as it does it creates deeper bonds. This makes visits more enjoyable and makes the aide a better caregiver. Dependability: Clients need to know they can rely on their caregivers...
The Latest News About Healthcare Jobs

The Latest News About Healthcare Jobs

It’s long been known that healthcare professions are booming. As the population ages, these jobs are ever more in demand, and the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics backs this up. Growing faster than the average occupational field, healthcare jobs offer a wide variety of opportunities for people to build successful careers while providing care to people who need it. According to a report that came out in September of 2019, healthcare will continue its current trajectory for quite a while. This makes sense because, despite their dwindling numbers, Baby Boomers are still neck and neck with Millennials in the race for largest percentage of the population. They’ll continue to be a major force for several more years to come, particularly as advancements in healthcare continue to allow people to live longer. Because of this large elderly population in the United States, the healthcare industry is projected to have an employment growth rate of about 14 percent between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than the average for all occupations, which experts project will grow at a rate of only 5.2 percent. Compare that to more than 36 percent growth rate for home health aides, or more than 22 percent for medical assistants, and it becomes clear why healthcare professions are a good bet for those looking to build a career. All in all, about 1.9 million healthcare jobs will be added to the healthcare industry over the next decade, more than any other occupational group. Perhaps the best news is that many of these quickly growing career fields require only a small investment of time...
Is Medical Coding the Right Profession for You?

Is Medical Coding the Right Profession for You?

Medical coding is a promising field, with great potential for the future. In fact, it’s expected that medical coding jobs will see an 11 percent growth rate between now and 2028, which is well above average. Medical coding jobs offer a flexible work environment with low overhead, and there are even freelance opportunities for medical coding professionals. What’s more, when you work as a medical coder, you have the ability to work in the medical profession without the physical work of caring for patients. Medical coding jobs are appealing, but it’s important to determine whether medical coding is right for you before you decide to pursue a career in that field. In addition to knowing how to code, medical coders need many other skills. Attention to detail is necessary for a medical coder. There’s no room for error in coding or submitting billing information: even small mistakes can create serious problems for patients and insurance companies. Medical coders have to have clarity of mind and the ability to concentrate to make sure each detail is accurate. Medical coders must use discretion regarding sensitive information. Working in a medical coding position entails handling sensitive patient information, and it’s vital that these details remain confidential. Sharing information with anyone can open a medical coder to a lawsuit, so it’s important to be discreet, even when speaking to coworkers or requesting support from medical staff. Office skills, including computer skills, are important in medical coding. Medical coding involves computers, so a career in this field requires understanding basic word processing and spreadsheet software. If you work as a medical coder, you must...
Why Moms Make Great Healthcare Professionals

Why Moms Make Great Healthcare Professionals

If you’re a mom looking for a second career, why not consider healthcare? Healthcare professions offer good growth opportunities; in fact, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average, adding more jobs than other occupational groups. Many healthcare positions are flexible, which is important if you’re raising a family. What’s more, you may already possess some key skills necessary for a healthcare job. In many ways, moms have plenty of skills that prepare them for a career in healthcare Moms tend to be sensitive and have the ability to notice when things are about to go wrong. When something is wrong with a patient, it’s the job of the medical professionals to figure out what’s going on. Moms are accustomed to noticing things that aren’t quite right and taking action to fix them before anything bad happens. Moms need empathy, and so do healthcare professionals. Mothers naturally develop empathy, helping their children work through problems. That empathy comes in handy in a healthcare job, because patients facing scary health problems need a listening ear and a kind and gentle touch. The ability to multitask is central to motherhood and healthcare. Medical professionals have to wear many hats, but that’s nothing new for moms. Being a mom can be chaotic, but when you’ve learned to manage your busy days with your kids, managing all the duties of a healthcare career will be well within your grasp. Communication skills are key, whether you’re managing a family or working as a healthcare professional. Clear communication keeps a family running smoothly, and when you’re...