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    Career Q&A: Licensed Practical Nurse

    h4. What will I do? Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for persons who are recovering from sickness, are disabled or injured or live in a care facility such as a hospital or nursing home. LPNs need to be caring people who are able to make decisions and to observe for, and recognize, signs of health troubles. Interview with Carlos Camacho, LPN ...
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    Automation Reshapes Opportunities for Med Techs

    Automation Reshapes Opportunities for Med Techs
    Robotics and automation are helping to fill in the gaps in medical laboratories created by a shortage of medical technologists (MTs). Automated laboratory systems pick up the grunt work that once made workdays dull for MTs. And executives at diagnostic labs are using robotics to help control costs. Automation Ameliorates Shortage With US vacancy rates for certified/licensed med tech staff hovering ...
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    Career Profile: Cardiovascular Technician

    Career Profile: Cardiovascular Technician
    h4. What do you do every day? [widget:training_channel_cardiovascular_tech] We do cardiac catheterization on individuals who come in and possibly have heart disease. At Sentara, cardiovascular technicians work in three different roles with the cardiologists. We pass sterile equipment and help them do the procedure. We monitor and chart the vital signs and the hemodynamics (blood circulation). We also hand off sterile ...
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    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick

    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick
    h4. What do you do on a typical day? I start my day by reviewing my caseload. After that, I spend the entire day seeing patients. Because I work with patients who have brain and spinal cord injuries, I work with them mostly on functional mobility. I help my patients work on getting out of bed, regaining balance and navigating stairs. ...
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    Which Rad Tech Specialty Is Right for You?

    Which Rad Tech Specialty Is Right for You?
    Are you a hands-on person who likes a lot of patient contact? Or do you prefer to keep a little distance? Are you supercharged, or do you prefer a slower pace? Intrigued by watching live images, or are you content with still shots? Your answers to questions like these can help you choose a post-primary certification in radiologic technology (RT) that's ...
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    A Day in the Life of...a Physical Therapist

    In a typical day, Debby Compton might see patients from the age of 2 to 102. Her duties related to each patient can vary as greatly as the individuals themselves. [photo:9887] Compton is a physical therapist and the director of rehabilitation services for Van Wert County Hospital & Therapy Solutions, which is owned by the hospital and Vancrest Health Care Centers. ...
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    Radiologic Technologists Explore Career Options

    Radiologic Technologists Explore Career Options
    While the paths in rad tech careers hasn't been as clearly marked as in other healthcare professions, radiologic technologists (RTs) can still pursue a variety of career options within and outside healthcare. In the clinical environment, RTs can branch out into one of the imaging specialties. In industry, RTs can develop rewarding - and lucrative - vocations in sales, training, consulting ...
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    Career Guide: Athletic Trainer

    Career Guide: Athletic Trainer
    h4. Nature of the Work Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers often are one of the first heath care providers ...
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    Clinical Pharmacists Play Critical Roles in Direct Patient Care

    Clinical Pharmacists Play Critical Roles in Direct Patient Care
    With more pharmacists growing weary of day-in and day-out pill-dispensing duties, clinical pharmacy is attracting druggists who want to play a vital role on the healthcare team. Unlike many other pharmacists, clinical pharmacists are directly involved in patient care. The average hospital-based clinical pharmacist makes rounds with doctors, suggests drug therapies and monitors patient responses. In ambulatory care clinics, clinical pharmacists ...
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    CDC Careers: Working at the Pinnacle of Public Health

    CDC Careers: Working at the Pinnacle of Public Health
    What's the best thing about working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the world's top public health organizations? For Hilda Shepeard, a team leader and senior health communications specialist at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, it's not the prestige or pay: "There's an enormous opportunity to really do something meaningful -- you're touching people's lives." Here's a ...
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    Pediatric Radiologic Technologists

    Pediatric Radiologic Technologists
    A trip to the medical imaging lab can stir up fear and concern in even the most well-informed patient. But what if the patient is a child? That's where pediatric radiologic technologists (RTs) step in, exercising a special set of patient-interaction skills that help them get the image they need. Because they deal with crying infants, antsy toddlers, or otherwise uncooperative ...
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    Social Workers Link Veterans to a Range of Services

    Social Workers Link Veterans to a Range of Services
    How do you help a 27-year-old reservist -- a carpenter in civilian life -- find a new career when he's lost an arm in Iraq? What services can help the World War II vet whose retirement check doesn't stretch far enough? It takes a vast array of knowledge and skills to answer such questions. The social workers who serve the nation's ...
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    How I Got My Job: Occupational Therapist

    How I Got My Job: Occupational Therapist
    h4. Janae Stockwell, 24: Occupational Therapist About the employer: Manor Care of Overland Park is a post-acute, long-term-care and assisted-living facility. My role: I collaborate with other professions to carry out a rehabilitation plan that will result in the patient returning to the highest possible level of functioning. How long have you been in this position? Since June. [widget:occupational_therapy_quiz] How did ...
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    Career Profile: Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

    Career Profile: Dietitian and Diabetes Educator
    Angela Ginn-Meadow, 28: Outpatient Clinical Dietitian & Diabetes Educator About the Employer: Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore Salary: $57,500 How long has she been with this employer? Six years How did she get started? Ginn-Meadow wanted to combine her passions for dance, fitness, nutrition and medicine into a career so she graduated with a bachelor of ...
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    New Niches in Physical Therapy Practice

    New Niches in Physical Therapy Practice
    From working with ballet dancers to collaborating with veterinarians, many physical therapists (PTs) are carving out a variety of useful yet nontraditional practice niches in response to changing societal needs and demands. Pamela Duffy, PT, MEd, OCS, who has held several leadership positions in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), offers insights into six emerging practice areas identified by the APTA. ...
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    Histology Shortage Opens Doors

    Histology Shortage Opens Doors
    Surgeons may get the glory for removing malignancies that could lead to premature death, but histology professionals are the unsung heroes behind the laboratory doors who help diagnose the problem. "A lot of people don't know what a histotechnologist is or what we do," says Lena Spencer, past president of the National Society for Histotechnology. "Where there's tissue, we are usually ...
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    Career Guide: Dental Assistant

    Career Guide: Dental Assistant
    Nature of the Work Dental assistants work closely with, and under the supervision of, dentists. (See the statement on dentists elsewhere in the Handbook.) Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. Dental assistants should not be confused with dental hygienists, who are licensed to perform different clinical tasks. [widget:1102] Dental assistants sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, ...
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    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses

    Career Guide: Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
    Nature of the Work Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. (The work of physicians and surgeons and of registered nurses is described elsewhere in the Handbook.) The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by State and job setting. ...
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    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside

    Nursing Careers Beyond the Bedside
    When providing bedside care loses its luster, working in a nonclinical specialty can renew your love for nursing and draw on your clinical experience. The following positions exist at most healthcare institutions and are well-suited to experienced nurses. However, only a few such jobs may be available at a given facility. h4. Case Managers Case managers choreograph all aspects of patient ...
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    Career Guide: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

    Career Guide: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides
    Nature of the Work Occupational therapy assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. For example, occupational therapy assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by teaching them how ...
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