Phlebotomist: Avoid Needle Punctures

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Posted on 25th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

The various neeleless systems virtually eliminate the needle stick problem from IVs.  Other forms fo needle safety for hypodermic needles have been adopted across the country as well.  These include needle guards that fold over the needle and syringes that allow the needle to be retracted after use.  These systems help to reduce needle sticks from sharps containers by adding another barrier, but the sharps container must never be overfilled.  Always employ safeguards to protect yourself from a needle stick.  Never recap and always have a sharps container within reach to dispose of the syringe and needle immediately after injection.  In the unlikely event of a needle stick, you must report immediately.  You need to be tested for exposure to such diseases as HIV, hepatitis B and C.  Precautions need to be taken and possible future care needs to be ensured.  Don’t put yourself and your rites at risk by hiding the event.  If you do get hurt report it right away and seek medical treatment.  Early intervention is the key to successful treatment and prevention of permanent damage.  Allied health professionals can sometimes be the worst patients and their own worst enemies when it comes to taking care of their own health.  As a phlebotomist you are working with needles and blood on a regular basis.  You must take care.  It is usually easier to tell someone else how and what to do then it is to take care of yourself.  With all the related mental and physical job-related stressses taking a toll on your body, it is important to first avoid dangerous situations with needles and blood, and then if something should occur, to report it and take proper precautions for your own health and well-being.

Personal Training: Metabolism

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Posted on 24th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Metabolism seems to include every aspect of the human body.  When considering understanding the metabolism, one must look at the multitude of different reactions that are involved.  It’s no wonder this subject has so many different categories, each with its own group of experts to explain their particular aspect to you.  In the same hospital cafeteria, you’ll find brain surgeons at one table discussing metabolism in concepts and terms vastly different then those used by the podiatrists or dietitians sitting at other tables.  For this reason, it is ludicrous to think that any one individual could be an expert in it all, and you should be skeptical of people that claim they are.  The majority of client s who want to understand metabolism really want to understand how their bodies burn calories, or more specifically, how they can burn off excess fat and gain muscle definiton through exercise.  When talking to a client about metabolism, they usually ask, Why as I get older do I gain more weight when I seem to eat the same amount of food I have always eaten?  The answer to this question involves the nature of fat, glucose, protein, enzymes, insulin, glucagon, and ATP, and describe what their functions are;  Lets start talking about fat now and we can continue the conversation in the days to come with the goal of explaining your metabolism.

Fat:  It is the body’s primary source of fuel is free fatty acids.  They are found either stored in fat cells or surfing the bloodstream looking for muscles that need to burn them for energy.  Your body, more specifically, your liver, has the ability to take any food you eat in excess of what it needs and turn it into fat.  No matter how out of shape a person is, his or her body can be taught to metabolize fatty acids more efficiently.  The results are better health, weight loss, more energy and a longer life.  Exercise, primarily aerobic, in combination with resistance training is the only practical way of teaching your body to burn fat and build muscle more effieciently.

Becoming an Ultrasound Technician

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Posted on 21st May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Becoming an ultrasound tech starts with being sure that the career is the right choice for you.  Having greater than average hand – eye coordination and a willingness to gain a strong knowledge of anatomical structures is a must for this profession.  Another important characteristic is to be able to have a calm, caring, and professional demeanor when working with patients.  If you have the chance, it is recommended that you reach out to someone currently in the profession and ask them more about the reality of the job, the challenges, and the rewards.

Once you know ultrasound is for you, its time to start researching schools offering sonography programs.  The proper term for the professional who performs the images is Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.   In order to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, you must complete a minimum of an associates degree in an accredited program, then become certified through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).  Because the work involved in sonograms is very “hands on”, it is very difficult to find online programs unless you have prior experience in medical imaging.  Campus schools are the most common method.

During school you will get both traditional classroom knowledge, sonogram technology training, and clinical practice.  Expect to take courses in anatomy and courses on technique for performing the procedure.  Many schools allow you to choose from a few specializations such as abdominal, obstetric, or vascular sonography.

Upon completing your formal education and certification, you will want to begin applying for entry level positions at hospitals and imaging labs.  Many instructors are happy to be listed as references on your resume, so be sure to leave a solid impression with your former instructors.  Now you know how to become an ultrasound technician and start a lasting and rewarding career with opportunities for expansion and advancement.

Dealing With Stress

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Posted on 14th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

While working in the Allied health field, or while attending an allied health school, it is crucial to your overall well being to find constructive and effective ways to release worry, anxiety, and tension.  Stress robs you of valuable energy that can be channeled elsewhere and used, instead, for positive self-transforming outlets.  Anxiety is a symptom of fear, and fear is our number one saboteur when it comes to achieving our goals in education, in the workforce, or even in our personal relationships.  When that energy is freed up that was spent on fear and stress, you can use it to create anything you want.  To concquer anxiety and conflict, you have to focus on the solution, not the problem.  Also, it is helpful to realize that fear is an indicator that you are not trusting yourself and the path you have taken.  Many fears are simply illusions our imaginations have created.  How many times have you spent worrying about a situation in advance that never actually occours?   Assess each situation you find yourself in, and transform it into an opportunity.  Trust that there is hidden meaning in all the events of your life, especially the struggles;  this meaning can serve your evolution most if you choose to let it.  For example, if you get a bad grade on a test, see it as a sign that you needed to study more or that you were meant to spend that time in other areas of study.  Perhaps you are fired from a job because  a better job awaits you where you’ll make more money and enjoy the work you do.  Use percieved failures and misfortunes as a catalyst to push you forward towards bigger and better things.

Exploring Radiology Degree Programs

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Posted on 12th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

How do I get started as an x-ray tech?  What’s the difference between a radiology technician and technologist?  What if I want to move up in my career?  Each of these career moves will require formal education and training.  I’ll attempt to give you some concise answers to these common questions.

Getting started as an x-ray technician is most commonly done by completing an associates level degree.  There are some hospitals that offer training programs that will get you into entry level roles; however, if you know you want to grow in the career, it is suggested that you receive formal education.  An associates degree will provide you with a general foundation of knowledge with topics such as anatomy, medical record management, patient positioning, image quality, and radiologic equipment instruction.

There is a difference between a radiology technician and a Radiologic Technologists, or Rad Tech.  A Rad Tech is someone who has completed a two year degree through a program that is accredited by JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology), and has passed the test administered by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).  This designation is important because it shows that you have reached certain national standards and that you possess a level of training and expertise in the field that is officially recognized by a national association.  All that is required is a certificate or two year degree that is recognized by JRCERT and the ability to pass the exam.

Many people ask how one moves upward in a radiology career.  The short answer is that the options are many.  Some choose to specialize in a particular imaging modality such as computed tomography or mammography.  Others may choose to pursue a management role in a diagnostic imaging center or radiology department.  For those seeking leadership or training positions, a radiology bachelors degree is recommended.

Take some time to learn about medical imaging and find the radiology degree that matches the role you see yourself in.

Mind Over Matter

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Posted on 10th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

You  can change your life by changing your mind.  It’s really that simple.  Nothing is impossible for the willing mind.  We all have the power to gain control of our lives, reacho our goals, and live our dreams.  Why does it seem so easy for some people to make their dreams come true, and much more difficult for others?  The difference, and the challenge lies in that you must locate, nurture and believe in your own ability to do so.  You MUST choose to trust your self.  Any lingering sense of inferiority or inadequacy will interfere with the attainment of your goals and dreams, and whild self confiedence and a positive attitude can lead to success in all areas of your life, you must focus your mind and keep your resilience strong.  It is imperative that you hone and train your mind as intensely as you would train your body for a marathon.  This means following guidelines, and performing some mental exercises to replace any self-defeating thoughts or behaviors.  You must not only banish these negative ideas from your head, but you must replace them with new thinking.  Then you must remove all distractions and bring mental clarity and “self-control.”  After all, it is your mind that directs and drives the choices you make and the things you decide to do (or not do.)  Be your own best friend.  Trust yourself.  Mind over matter.  You can have anything you dream of if you keep your mind focused, your motivation high, and clear goals in sight.  If an allied health school is part of your dreams, the first step is to research and decide which school best suits your goals.  Don’t hesitate to make your very own unique dreams come true.

LPN and LVN: Nursing Tips

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Posted on 4th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Its okay to cry.  When events evoke an emotional response, it’s okay to share the moment with your patients and cry.  Many things trigger emotional reactions; most of them are sad, but happy moments can elicit tears as well.  You may encounter other allied health professionals who prefer not to show emotion due to cultural background or different upbringing and personal makeup.  You need to be open and accepting of cultural diversity.  Likewise, they need to respect you as well.  Some people see showing emotion as a weakness and will avoid it and you at all costs.  Sometimes as an licensed practical nurse (LPN), a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or a licensed nurse, you may have to control your emotions to maintain control over the situation and function normally.  You may need to be strong for your patient or their loved ones.  It is recommended that you allow yourself to break down and release any intense emotion in privacy at a later time.  Like stress, emotions that are stifled for too long can be harmful mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Sometimes it can be healthy to show patients that you are human too.  If you are sharing tears with a patient this can be very comforting and healing for them as for you.  Don’t bottle up your emotions by hiding them if you and a patient are on the same page.  Likewise, if you have emotions that are private and personal do not impose them on co-workers.  It would be healthiest to release these on a break or in a private setting.  The allied health field can be both taxing and rewarding due to the sensitive nature of the profession.