Today’s Internship Can Pave the Way for Tomorrow’s Job

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In the classroom, surgical tech students learn about the skills they will need for the job. During an internship, the student learns how to put those skills to work. In other words, the internship is an important bridge from the classroom to assisting in the procedure to be sure everything is sterile, runs smoothly, safely… Read more »

Relocation Sounds Appealing – How Do I Do It?

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Some people throw a dart at a map. Others choose a location based on specific criteria. When it comes to relocating, there are many ways to figure out where to go. What comes next? Without proper preparation, relocating can be overwhelming. Taking the time to lay the groundwork can make the process much smoother. Research… Read more »

Important Preparation Information for ICD-10 Implementation

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October 1, 2015, will bring big changes to healthcare. That day, the ICD-10 coding system will replace ICD-9, which has been in place for decades. The change is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Basics The American Medical Association offers important clarification about ICD-10, beginning with the acronym… Read more »

Why Everyone Needs to Know About Prescription Drug Safety

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Prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor, so they’re always safe, right? Wrong. Prescription drugs can be abused, too, and the statistics are grim. Each day, 44 people in the United States die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. One out of four teens knows a friend who abuses medicines to get high. Every day,… Read more »

What Needs to be in a Cover Letter for a Healthcare Job?

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Cover letter. The words alone make some people break out in a cold sweat, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What’s the best way to convince a hiring manager that the applicant is the best person for the job? There are a few key strategies that may help. Keep it brief When writing… Read more »

Dealing with Knowledgeable Patients

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For many people, the Internet is a favorite source of information: Weather forecast? Check. Movie theater listings? Check. Breaking news? Check. What’s causing my back pain? Check? Googling symptoms has become very common. “In fact, 86 percent of patients conduct a health-related search before scheduling a doctor’s appointment,” as noted by a Binary Fountain article…. Read more »

Manage Stress with Work-Life Balance

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There are 168 hours in a week. If a person spends 45 hours at work, that leaves 123 hours. Subtracting eight hours per night for sleep leaves 67 hours for everything else. That sounds good, especially because for most people it outweighs the amount of time spent at work. However, there are many demands on… Read more »

Am I Burned Out? What Does It Feel Like?

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Tough day at work? Everyone has days like that, but some days feel worse than typical bad days. And sometimes, it feels like every day falls into that category. When that happens, employees may say they feel burned out. The phenomenon of burnout is not unique to healthcare, but an article from PubMed Health notes… Read more »

Want to Succeed? Learn to Go with the Flow

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In healthcare, there’s no such thing as a typical workday. One shift may be a little chaotic, while another may be full of unexpected problems or even emergencies. No one knows exactly what may happen from one minute to the next. What’s the best way to survive – and even succeed – in that type… Read more »