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    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives

    Critical-Care Nurses Specialize in Saving Lives
    With an ability to think quickly, act decisively and stay calm when lives are at stake, critical-care nurses are among the in-demand healthcare professionals who make life-or-death decisions about patient care every day. Critical-care nurses treat patients at high risk for actual or potential life-threatening health problems and also tend to the emotional well-being of those patients' families. That's no small ...
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    Career Guide: Medical and Health Services Managers

    Career Guide: Medical and Health Services Managers
    h4. Nature of the Work Healthcare is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. The medical and health services manager occupation encompasses all individuals who plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare. Medical and health services managers include specialists and generalists. Specialists are in charge of specific clinical departments or ...
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    Get Started in Health Information Management

    Get Started in Health Information Management
    If you want to work in healthcare but in a nonclinical role, check out the fast-growing health information management (HIM) field. A local school's health information technology (HIT) department can provide the necessary education. "We get a lot of people who want to work in the healthcare field without patient contact," says Anita Taylor, MEd, RHIA, CCS, chair of the HIT ...
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    Career Guide: Pharmacy Technician

    Career Guide: Pharmacy Technician
    h4. Significant Points • Job opportunities are expected to be good for full-time and part-time work, especially for those with certification or previous work experience. • Many technicians work evenings, weekends and holidays. • About seven out of 10 of jobs were in retail pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores or mass retailers. h4. Nature of the Work Pharmacy technicians help licensed ...
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    The New Medical Administrator

    The New Medical Administrator
    Even with computerized appointment programs and electronic billing, Maria DiGrigoli manages much more paperwork than she had to when she started working as a medical administrative assistant 27 years ago. So why does she stick with this profession? “I love helping people and working with doctors,” says DiGrigoli, office manager at Cedar Bridge Medical Associates, a six-physician family practice in Bricktown, ...
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    Career Profile: Medical Assistant - Jill Vroegindewey, CMA

    Career Profile: Medical Assistant - Jill Vroegindewey, CMA
    Michigan healthcare management professional Jill Vroegindewey started her three-decade healthcare career as a medical insurance coder in the billing department of a radiology group. She considered it just a job while she was attending Western Michigan University with an eye on a bachelor's degree in business. Jill earned her Certified Medical Assistant certification along the way. When the group's office manager ...
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    Career Guide: Respiratory Therapist

    Career Guide: Respiratory Therapist
    Nature of the Work Respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy technicians—also known as respiratory care practitioners—evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Respiratory therapy technicians follow specific, well-defined respiratory ...
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    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare

    Ethical Dilemmas in Home Healthcare
    Whether you're a social worker, therapist, visiting nurse or another type of home healthcare practitioner, you will undoubtedly face an ethical dilemma at some point in your career. These quandaries can relate to a patient's safety, competency or confidentiality, reimbursement or a host of other issues that force home healthcare workers to act. Three home healthcare professionals shed light on issues ...
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    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look

    Neonatal Nursing: An In-Depth Look
    With an increase in the number of premature babies requiring acute hospital care, new and experienced nurses are finding more career opportunities in neonatal nursing. Neonatal nurses work in general maternity wards and in neonatal intensive-care units (NICUs). Those caring for premature and critically ill babies spend their shifts diapering and feeding the infants, checking vital signs, administering medications and tests, ...
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    Career Profile: Occupational Therapy Assistant - Nancy M. Bernier

    Career Profile: Occupational Therapy Assistant - Nancy M. Bernier
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become an occupational therapy assistant because 12 years ago I had breast cancer and saw first-hand the benefit that the OT assistant gave to the patient. I was an accounts payable supervisor at the time. Before that, I was a secretary, then worked in real estate and then in accounting. After completing ...
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    Physical Therapists Help Obese Patients Get Moving

    Physical Therapists Help Obese Patients Get Moving
    For many overweight and obese Americans, exercise is a real pain -- in the back or the knees or the ankles. Even simple actions such as walking or climbing stairs can cause discomfort. Excess weight stresses joints, affects proper movement and predisposes them to osteoarthritis, tendonitis, overuse injuries and a host of other health problems. Using various methods, physical therapists (PTs) ...
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    Career Profile: Occupational Therapist - Hanna Hildenbrand

    Career Profile: Occupational Therapist - Hanna Hildenbrand
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become an occupational therapist because of my early experiences, skills and interests. As a teenager, I became a camp counselor with the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP, http://www.ucp.org/) organization. I had always enjoyed babysitting and working with children, but had never before worked with children with special needs. The work was physically and ...
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    Career Guide: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

    Career Guide: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
    h4. At a Glance • Job opportunities should be favorable. • Employment growth is expected to be faster than average as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to radiologic procedures. • More than half of all sonographers were employed by hospitals, and most of the rest were employed by offices of physicians, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and mobile imaging services. • ...
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    Career Profile: Health Services Manager - Ron DeClerck

    Career Profile: Health Services Manager - Ron DeClerck
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a medical records administrator after exploring my career options through career counseling, which included taking interests and aptitude tests. I have a detail-oriented personality and prefer organization. My interests, counseling, and research, all pointed me to this field. Through the U.S. Department of Labor, I discovered it was one of the ...
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    Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown

    Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a respiratory therapist because I was impressed with the college curriculum and the role of the respiratory care professional in the hospital setting. Actually, I could not make up my mind which career to pursue after high school until I attended a career day. After speaking with a respiratory therapy instructor, ...
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    5 Steps to Becoming a Medical Assistant

    So you want to become a medical assistant, but you aren't sure where to start? Well, you've come to the right place. AllHealthcare is here to provide you with a guide to help you fulfill your career goals. Medical assistants have the responsibility of performing many tasks at once - they take patients' vital signs, complete medical histories, and perform ...
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    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse

    Career Profile: Licensed Practical Nurse
    h4. How did you get interested in nursing? Actually I started out in radiology, but I realized right away it wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to start over, and my mom suggested nursing because there are so many areas to specialize in within the field. So I switched to the LPN program at Riverside Regional Medical Center. I liked it ...
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    As Seen on Facebook: The Secret Language of EMTs

    As Seen on Facebook: The Secret Language of EMTs
    Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are a special breed. And they have a language all their own - a language of acronyms, that, like most people in medicine - help them quickly communicate in code patient conditions and needs. But it turns out that there's more to the language of acronyms than meets the eye - or, in this case, the ...
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    Take Your Technology Career to Radiology

    Take Your Technology Career to Radiology
    With technology jobs being cut or offshored, many information technology professionals are contemplating opportunities in healthcare, where advanced technology is playing an increasingly large role in diagnosing and treating patients. One area that's drawing the interest of IT pros is radiologic technology (RT), which is expected to generate jobs at a healthy rate for several years. So what does it take ...
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    Career Guide: Medical Secretaries

    Career Guide: Medical Secretaries
    Nature of the Work As the reliance on technology continues to expand in offices, the role of the office professional has greatly evolved. Office automation and organizational restructuring have led secretaries and administrative assistants to assume responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. In spite of these changes, however, the core responsibilities for secretaries and administrative assistants have remained much ...
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