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The Power of Hands-On Training

The Power of Hands-On Training

With so much technology at our fingertips in this modern age, the way we do business, communicate, and even go to school has changed. Online education is a popular way to gain knowledge and skills, and for many degrees, it’s a great way to get ahead. When it comes to healthcare training, though, is it enough? It may not be. You can certainly gain knowledge by studying information online, but hands-on training has definite advantages. Being able to experience techniques improves recall. In fact, one recent study indicated that students who learned from hands-on opportunities recalled 75 percent of the information they were taught, as opposed to students who had that information given to them in lecture format. Those students only remembered about 20 percent of the information. Students learn differently, but being able to interact with materials and concepts helps them gain practical memories and allows them to learn in many different ways at once. Reinforces learning. Experiential learning is extremely effective, because first-hand engagement with what’s being taught strengthens a student’s understanding. Learning by doing makes an impression that online learning, listening to a lecture or reading a book can’t accomplish. It allows students to learn from their mistakes and from each other. When you’re working together to learn material, you’ll also learn from other students. Seeing how something should be done, and then getting a chance to do it yourselves, helps you to fully understand the task and learn the common errors to avoid. Sharing information with others while giving and receiving feedback is an important part of the learning process. Real-world experience is vital. In...
Spotlight on Pharmacy Technicians

Spotlight on Pharmacy Technicians

Did you know that you can become a pharmacy technician in as little as four weeks? This is great news, because pharmacy technician jobs have a great outlook: they’re predicted to grow by seven percent by 2028. What’s more, working as a pharmacy technician offers flexibility in finding the right work environment, and pays competitive wages. So what, exactly, does a pharmacy technician do? As you might expect, pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists. They help keep the pharmacy running smoothly by performing a variety of administrative tasks, organizing, stocking shelves, performing inventory, and more. Pharmacy technicians measure and mix medications, call doctors for authorization for prescriptions, and often package and label medications. They receive written prescriptions and make sure they’re accurate, and they sometimes process medical insurance forms. Some pharmacy technicians assist in managing investigational drug studies. It’s important for pharmacy technicians to be comfortable working with technology, because they’ll need to use it to help maintain accurate patient records, prepare and package medications, keep track of inventory, and place orders. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of environments. Most of them work in pharmacies or drug stores, but others find work at hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities. Some pharmacy technicians enjoy the predictable hours of a grocery store or drug store, while others are willing to work irregular schedules, sometimes at 24-hour pharmacies. Some environments, like assisted care facilities, allow pharmacy technicians the opportunity to work one on one with patients. Other environments, like a pharmacy at the local drug store or grocery store, offer a more fast-paced job. Some pharmacy technicians work with mail-order pharmacies, in...
Preparing for your CNA Exam

Preparing for your CNA Exam

If you’re in training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), congratulations! You’re about to embark on an exciting career path with great growth potential and plenty of opportunities for advancement. The first hurdle? Passing your CNA test. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! Just take the time to be prepared, and you’ll pass your CNA exam on the first try. Here’s what you need to know to make that happen. First, understand that the CNA exam has two sections. There’s the written exam, which will be given on a computer, in multiple-choice format. Students are given 90 minutes to complete the written portion of the exam. The second part of the CNA exam is the clinical skills test. This is intended to assess your ability to perform the required duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant. You’ll be evaluated by a Nurse Aide Evaluator, using a list of checkpoints. It’s important to be well prepared for both sections of the exam, because you must pass both in order to become a CNA. Here are some helpful tips to help you do well on your exam. Study as much as you can in your textbook and workbook. Make sure you have the information down, and take as many practice tests as you need to so that you’re confident in your grasp of the material. Ask your instructor for extra study material. Your CNA instructor wants you to succeed, so don’t be afraid to ask for the information you need to prepare. Go over 25 questions a day so that you can go slowly. Breaking the information into manageable pieces can help...
A New Career in the New Year: Best Healthcare Careers for 2020

A New Career in the New Year: Best Healthcare Careers for 2020

If you’re looking for a field with good growth potential and competitive wages, healthcare careers continue to be a good bet. As the population ages, the need for competent healthcare professionals will continue to grow, and well-trained people will be in high demand. The best news for anyone looking to break into the healthcare field? Many great options for healthcare careers in 2020 don’t require a degree. Demand for many of these jobs is expected to grow by 18- 30% by 2026. Some examples of careers that will continue to be in demand, yet don’t require much training, include: Home Health Aide: You can complete the training to become a home health aide in only three weeks. Once your training is complete, you’ll be able to find work helping people who are elderly, physically disabled, terminally ill, or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The work is meaningful, particularly because it can mean the difference between a person being able to live at home or be transferred to a long-term care facility. You’ll be doing important work, helping people maintain a level of comfort and independence they wouldn’t otherwise have. Medical Billing and Coding: To train in medical billing and coding, you’ll need to invest 10 weeks of your time. This is a career path that offers a variety of job opportunities, including working in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. It’s a great way to make a difference in the healthcare field, without having to work on the clinical side of medicine. Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy technician training takes just four weeks to complete. Once completed, this...
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...