What Does a Patient Care Tech Do?

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Over the course of a day, this healthcare professional may perform a wide range of duties A patient care technician is a healthcare professional who provides basic care to patients. PCTs assist doctors as well as nurses as part of the healthcare team. If you’re interested in a hands-on role in healthcare, this could be a good job option for you. PCTs can work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, home health care settings, and acute care facilities. Here is an overview of this important role: Basic patient care technician duties PCTs: provide basic care to patients, working together with other members of the medical team to meet patients’ needs. assist patients in eating, dressing, bathing, and grooming. record any information about a patient’s condition into the medical records. listen…
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25 Fun Tips to Put Movement Into Your Life

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Sitting all day in a sedentary job can be harmful to your health We all know that being a couch potato is not the healthiest lifestyle, but did you also know that sitting at work or school for prolonged periods every day can also be bad for you? Bodies need to move! Being too sedentary can contribute to health problems such as high cholesterol, excess body fat, high blood pressure, and obesity. As you probably already know, a healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise, good eating habits, and adequate sleep. But even if you are doing all of this, you still might find that you have too many periods where you are sedentary (inactive). What are the remedies to a sedentary lifestyle? The answer is simple: Keep moving! Even small movements…
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Avoid Social Media Pitfalls That Can Hurt Your Career

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How you use Facebook and Twitter can be hazardous in a job search If you’re looking for a job, are you aware of how important your social media presence is? A national study by Jobvite Job Seeker shows that more than 90% of employers investigate candidates on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. People who were hiring changed their minds after looking at these profiles more than 40% of the time. Are you aware of what your social media says about you? There are many ways to protect yourself, and it’s good to be aware of the range of hazards. Here are some guidelines to follow, to keep yourself looking professional in social media: Don’t talk about raises or how much you make Talking about your salary on social media is a…
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5 Important Traits for Licensed Nursing Assistants

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Find out if you’ve got what it takes It takes a special kind of person to be a nursing assistant. Nursing assistants are healthcare professionals who work with patients to help them take care of their basic needs. If you are someone who feels satisfied when you are helping others, then you might have the right personality traits for this type of role. What do nursing assistants do? Also called Nurses’ Aides, these professionals typically work in nursing homes and skilled care facilities where they assist the nursing staff in caring for patients and residents. They often help patients who can no longer handle their basic everyday needs, such as personal hygiene, getting dressed in the morning, or eating their meals. Nursing assistants play a vital role in their patients’…
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Practical Nursing Students Give Back on Valentine’s Day

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After months of fundraising, students donated dozens of toys to children at a local community center Practical Nursing students at the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health are engaged in much more than training to care for patients. They are also being creative and industrious in finding ways to support young members of their community. Each year, the senior group takes on a community service project, and this year’s “PN 103” group—made up of 21 students—worked together to raise money to buy gifts for local children in need. Starting in December, students coordinated this drive on behalf of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. The students undertook a series of fundraising events over the two-month period, ranging from bake sales and making breakfast to selling Little…
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5 Benefits of a Practical Nursing Career

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Find out if nursing school is right for you Are you considering nursing school? There are many different paths that you can take if you are interested in the field of nursing. One of them is becoming a Practical Nurse. This is one of the faster training programs. Unlike becoming a Registered Nurse, you do not need an associate’s degree to be a Practical Nurse. In fact, your training can be completed in just about one year! Find out some of the reasons people choose this career. LPN training is faster than RN training Choosing what kind of nurse you want to become will depend on the level of training and responsibility you want. On one hand, jobs like Home Health Aide and Nursing Assistant are the most entry level…
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Salter Nursing Instructor Is Published in Prestigious Scholarly Journal of Hospice Care

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The article tackles the critical issue of hearing loss in treating patients in the end stage of life Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is proud to announce that its instructor Mary A. McKeich, BSN, MS, has published an article in the February 2017 issue of the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. “Assessment and Intervention for Patients With Hearing Loss in Hospice” describes the unique needs of patients with hearing loss who are receiving end-of-life care. Hearing loss is very common among older adults—the third-most chronic condition in this population. The article addresses how an untreated hearing loss can make it difficult for patients to communicate with their caregivers about critical aspects of care. This can mean challenges in relaying information needed to care for them at home,…
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5 Universal Job Skills You Should Have for Any Career

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These “soft skills” show that you have the professionalism to get the job done When you are looking for a job, your skills, training, and experience are a #1 priority. But did you know that “soft skills” are increasingly important too? Many employers not only look at your hard skills, but also want to know that your soft skills are good too. What are soft skills? They are general workplace traits that aren’t specific job skills. They include your work ethic, attitude, professionalism, and how you “fit” into the team. At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health, we not only train our students with the nursing skills they will need, but we also promote positive attitudes, customer-friendly practices, and effective communications skills. Take a look at 5 important…
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How to Craft a Winning Appearance for That Interview

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When it comes to interviewing, it’s not just your clothes that make an impression How do you convince an employer that you’re the best candidate for a job? By putting your best foot forward. Getting an interview means the company already views you as a serious contender, and meeting them in person is the chance to make them feel even more confident about you. Of course you’ll want to spend some time preparing for what you’ll say in the interview, by reviewing the job description closely, researching the company, putting together some questions, and organizing your references. You might want to review these interview tips on the days leading up to the interview as well. But part of feeling confident on the day is presenting yourself as professional. Think of your…
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