Are You Giving Your Brain Your Best in Preparing for Tests?

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With these basic strategies for self-care, give yourself a leg up before that next exam. What’s your recipe for getting though exam time? Cutting corners on your sleep and eating junk food and caffeine to keep you going? The youngest and strongest of us might get away with it in the short term, but over time it’s a recipe for burnout. Besides, you’re selling yourself short: Why settle for sub-par test performance? Your brain is part of a delicate machine that makes up your entire system, and believe it or not, how you care for yourself makes a difference in how you do when you finally sit down in that chair on exam day. Even if everyone around you practices bad exam-time habits, it doesn’t have to be this way!…
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Why We Should Appreciate Nurses Every Day

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Nurses are healthcare professionals who help make the world go ‘round If you are looking for the true unsung heroes of the world, look no further than those in the nursing profession. Whether working in a small doctor’s office, a major hospital, a regional nursing home, or on the front lines of a conflict or tragedy, nurses are the selfless people who dedicate their careers to serving the needs of others. Do you know any nurses personally? Do you see nurses on a regular basis when you go to the doctor’s office? If so, we want to give you great reasons to appreciate the nurses in your life. A little appreciation can go a long way to showing a nurse that you admire and respect what they do. Here are…
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Hot Summer Months Mean Taking Extra Precautions

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Don’t let a heat wave interfere with your health and wellness Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke? If you’ll be spending considerable amounts of time outdoors this summer, you should be prepared. You don’t want the rising temperatures to get in the way of your fun vacation plans. A little know-how can go a long way. Extremely hot and humid weather challenges your body's ability to cool itself. When the body heats too rapidly, or when you lose too much fluid or salt through dehydration or sweating, your body temperature rises, and this can lead to a heat-related illness. According to U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), take these steps to prevent heat related illness and fatalities: Keep cool water on…
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Are Cover Letters Still Necessary?

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Writing a cover letter for a job application is still a good idea In this day and age of electronic job applications and LinkedIn profiles that tell everything about you, is it really necessary to write cover letters for job applications? Does anyone even read them? The answer is not 100% certain. While it’s true that some hiring managers never look at cover letters, there are others who look at the cover letter as a test of your writing skills. Others see it as proof that you put significant effort into your job application. For these reasons, most job experts still recommend that you submit a cover letter. On the bright side, writing a cover letter can help set you apart from any competitors who skip this step. It is…
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Take Advantage of Men’s Health Month

Take Advantage of Men’s Health Month

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There’s no time like the present to take better care of yourself. The entire month of June is dedicated to men’s health, and in the middle of Men’s Health week (June 12–18) there’s also a special Wear Blue day (Friday, June 16), to raise awareness of health issues specific to men. But there’s a lot more to consider regarding men’s health than what color to wear—and June is a good time to get serious. What are the primary health risks for men? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in all males of all ethnicities (24%), followed by cancer (23%). Dig a little deeper and you’ll find the leading cause of death in males up to age 42…
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Advantages of Being a Licensed Nursing Assistant

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Here are reasons to consider a career in this helping profession If you know you want to work in healthcare, but aren’t sure whether you want to specialize, working as a licensed nursing assistant (LNA) can be a fantastic way to begin your career. Wondering about the basics of this profession? Caring for others is central to being an effective LNA. Read 5 Things to Know About Being a Nursing Assistant. Here are some reasons to consider a career as an LNA: Valuable experience After you do your training, you can start gaining experience by working directly with patients as well as physicians and Registered Nurses (RNs). As an LNA, you can work in a variety of settings, from in-home care and assisted living centers to hospitals and physicians’ offices. If…
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FAQs about the Medical Assisting Profession

FAQs about the Medical Assisting Profession

Medical Assisting
Training as a medical assistant could be a good fit for you. If you’re thinking about training as a medical assistant, you might have a lot of questions about the training and what life as a medical assistant is like. This is a job that requires a commitment to patient care and can involve clinical work (with patients) as well as administrative duties (in an office setting). To help you decide if this would be a good profession for you, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions that people commonly ask us about our program. What responsibilities do medical assistants perform? The number-one responsibility of a medical assistant is patient care, but the job also involves a variety of other tasks. In smaller offices, there may be some crossover between the…
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Q and A: Important Tips for Hand Hygiene

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Nursing school students learn the importance of hand washing Washing your hands seems like a very simple task. It’s something we all learned to do when we were little children. However, did you know that washing your hands properly is one of the single most important ways to prevent infections from spreading? Students in nursing school at the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health are learning about the importance of hand hygiene in medical settings. Part of their training is learning proper hand washing techniques that help to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. As we train our nursing assistants and practical nursing students, we want to be sure they are taking the right steps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has used research to develop guidelines…
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A Sample Resume for Culinary Arts Students

A Sample Resume for Culinary Arts Students

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Learn how to present your experience and professional skills to impress a hiring manager. Are you ready to apply for your first job after completing your culinary arts training? It’s an exciting time! You’ve learned more than how to prepare food and run a kitchen. Now you also have practical experience and insight into the nuances of nutrition as well as the business side of working in the culinary arts. To get your first job, you’ll need a good resume that highlights your skills and training. Depending on where you’re applying for work, people in a variety of positions may be looking at your resume, so you want to think about what they’re looking for. You may need to modify your resume with every job application you submit. Who will be…
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Make Sure You Swim Safely This Season

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These basic swimming precautions can save a life As we enter into the summer season, it’s time to take into account some of the variables that can affect us when we’re enjoying ourselves by the seashore. For example, June 5–11 is Rip Current Awareness Week, which is designed to help people appreciate the dangers of being near the water, so that we can conduct ourselves safely. Here is some basic information to help you protect yourself and those close to you: What is a riptide? Do you know what a riptide is? It’s a strong current caused by tidal flow in confined areas that can be a hazard to boaters, but especially swimmers. According to Texas A&M University, rip currents can occur at any beach—and not just at the ocean.…
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