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    Career Guide: Dental Hygienist

    Career Guide: Dental Hygienist
    h4. At a Glance • A degree from an accredited dental hygiene school and a State license are required for this job. • Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations. • Job prospects are expected to remain excellent. • More than half work part time, and flexible scheduling is a distinctive feature of this job. [widget:1102] h4. Summary Dental hygienists ...
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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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    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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    Mending the Heart--Calming the Mind With Art Therapy

    Mending the Heart--Calming the Mind  With Art Therapy
    When asked to explain art therapy, I usually begin by saying that art, as therapy, goes way back. I say that before there were anti-depressants there was poetry and, before there was language, there were cave drawings. A person with the blues was given a poem to read to help lift their spirit. Using art to express yourself has its roots ...
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    Registered Nurse: Kay Osinski, MS, RN, CCRN

    Registered Nurse: Kay Osinski, MS, RN, CCRN
    _Ms. Osinski is the Assistant Dean for the Baker University School of Nursing, Topeka, Kansas. She is also a legal nurse consultant and testifying nurse expert. She earned her MS in Medical Surgical Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist from Northern Illinois University and her BS in Nursing from Central Missouri State University. Highlights of Ms. Osinski's nursing career include:_ * 2003 - ...
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    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic

    Career Guide: EMT and Paramedic
    At a Glance • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers. • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State. • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours. h4. Nature of the Work People’s lives often ...
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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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    Career Q&A: Informatics Specialist

    h4. What will I do? Informatics is a hard term to pin down, but it basically means turning a vast amount of data into useful information. Informatics specialists then use the information solve problems or design new technology procedures or products. In health care, there are two main branches of informatics. One – known as bioinformatics – mainly focuses on molecular ...
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    Career Profile: Counselor

    Career Profile: Counselor
    *Nature of the Work* Counselors assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career problems. Their duties vary greatly depending on their occupational specialty, which is determined by the setting in which they work and the population they serve. Educational, vocational, and school counselors provide individuals and groups with career and educational counseling. School counselors assist students of all levels, ...
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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 Profile: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic - Darryl Lowery

    Career Profile: Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic - Darryl Lowery
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become an emergency medical technician because of a great volunteer experience. When I was 16, I volunteered at the local fire department along with three of my best friends from high school. Early on, I took the necessary classes and became certified in cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and advanced first aid. I ...
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    Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

    Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
    Nature of the Work Physical therapist assistants and aides help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. A physical therapist might ask an assistant to help patients exercise or learn to use crutches, for example, or an aide to gather and prepare therapy equipment. Patients include accident victims and ...
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    Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Chris King

    Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Chris King
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a medical technologist, because I liked the challenging college program and the job outlook. When I started college, I intended to major in sociology. However, one of my classes was called “the sociology of deviant behavior”. Course requirements included working with prison inmates on-site. I didn’t think I could do that, ...
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    Career Profile: Speech-Language Pathologist

    Career Profile: Speech-Language Pathologist
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a speech and language pathologist, because of personal experiences and the career information I learned while in undergraduate school. My cousin and I were close friends before and during our teenage years. He stuttered badly, and I witnessed many of the challenges that he faced on a daily basis. During undergraduate ...
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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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    Disaster Relief: Boost Your Skills — and Karma!

    Helping a little can go a long way. On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy (also internationally known as Typhoon Ketsana) dropped an entire month’s worth of rainfall on the Philippines in a matter of hours. Typhoon Ketsana has already claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed thousands of Philippine residents’ homes and crops vital to the area’s livelihood. It has claimed ...
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    Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions

    Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions
    For millions of people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), other smoking-related illnesses and some sleep disorders, the simple act of breathing can become a life-or-death struggle. Respiratory therapists (RTs) help provide immediate care, ongoing rehabilitation and patient education so patients can live as normally as possible. [page] h4. RTs, Please, for Asthma For asthmatics in an acute phase, RTs ...
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    Expressive Arts Therapy for Elderly Patients

    Expressive Arts Therapy for Elderly Patients
    "I just got all around the music and let it get all around me.” This is the way Lorna Smith, a resident at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor in Saint Johns, Michigan, described her experience during one of the regular music therapy sessions offered by music therapist and gerontologist Dr. Stephen Hale. The program facilitates long-term care for residents who suffer ...
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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: Veterinary Technician

    Career Guide: Veterinary Technician
    h4. At a Glance • Animal lovers get satisfaction from this occupation, but aspects of the work can be unpleasant, physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes dangerous. • Entrants generally complete a 2-year or 4-year veterinary technology program and must pass a State examination. • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average: 41% from 2006 to 2016. • Overall ...
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