Careers, Education

How to Choose Where to Work as a Registered Nurse

January 15, 2016
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Nursing is one of the most popular jobs in healthcare as there are many career paths from which to choose and most every community in the United States employs nurses. Because there are so many places a registered nurse may choose to work, how does a person decide?

New nurses with little experience may get their feet wet with general patient care, such as in a medical or surgical unit in a hospital and later moving into a specialization such as critical care nursing. Be realistic as some areas of specialization require experience. Ask yourself these questions, to see what area may suit you best now or as your experience level grows.

Would you like to work with a certain age group?

If you enjoy working with children, consider working on a hospital’s pediatric surgical unit or in a pediatrician’s office. Perhaps you want to work with newborns, then think about a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or an obstetric unit. On the other end of the spectrum, working with the elderly in a long term care facility (nursing home), a hospice or hospital cardiac unit may be fulfilling.

Would you like to work in an office environment?

There are benefits to working in a physician’s office, school, church or in a correctional facility. The hours may appeal along with the opportunity to build report with regularly seen patients.
Want to explore the non-patient care side

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Happiness Leads to Success

January 12, 2016
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There has been a shift in the thinking regarding happiness. For decades, we were led to believe that success leads to happiness. Due to breakthroughs in positive psychology we now know that the opposite is true. Happiness leads to success in school, at work and in our relationships with others. There is no one definition of happiness it is different for each person. Scientists define it as an experience of positive emotions including pleasure and a sense of purpose.

There are a number of ways we can improve our moods and raise our levels of happiness each day. Some of them include:

• Meditate. Studies have shown that monks who spend years meditating actually grow their left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain most responsible for feeling happy.
• Find Something to Look Forward To. Often the most enjoyable part of an activity is the anticipation. This can raise your endorphin levels. When endorphins are released they help alleviate anxiety and depression and also diminishes our perception of pain.
• Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness. Make a point of doing five acts of kindness to friends, strangers or both. They do not have to be anything excessive, small things count. Continue Reading…


Medical Billers and Coders — In Demand

January 12, 2016
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics recently released their 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook. Medical Biller & Coders, Medical Records and Health Information Technician jobs are expected to increase 15% by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations1. The implementation of ICD-10 in October of 2015 contributes to the demand.

What is Medical Billing & Coding?

Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes2. The medical coder reviews the clinical statements and assigns codes. The medical biller may or may not be the same person. It is the biller’s job to fill out the insurance claim form with the appropriate codes and submit for reimbursement. Education and training is the key to qualifying for a medical coding or billing position. The AAPC offers certification which is highly recommended to be a strong candidate for employment. Some employers may require the CPC or CPB certification. See for more information.

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Careers, Education

Want to Become a Registered Nurse?

January 11, 2016
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Thinking about training for a new career as a registered nurse is exciting, especially once all the pieces come together and you feel good about your decision. Now it’s time to pick what education program will fit your situation. Any of the three programs listed below will teach you how to care for patients and prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, but there are differences you should understand. Your options range from programs that take just under two years to complete, to programs that take four years to complete. Each school is a little different so make sure you understand the exact details of their specific program before you enroll, and make sure to compare the completion times of the same program at different schools.

Diploma in Nursing

A diploma program can usually be completed in about two years. Students typically study at a school devoted just for training nurses, such as one offered by a hospital. Courses are designed to build the clinical skills of graduates.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

Most ASN programs can be completed in about 2-3 years. In an associate’s program, some liberal arts classes will be part of the curriculum such as English or history. Associate of Science programs may be offered at trade schools, career colleges and universities.

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Careers, Education

3 Big Reasons to Train for Medical Assistant Now

January 6, 2016
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So you’ve been researching medical assistant programs and you’re thinking about becoming a medical assistant. But training for a healthcare career is a big decision and you’re looking for some big reasons to train for medical assistant right now. Well, here you go.

1. Medical assistant job growth is projected to continue to increase.

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 In fact, the BLS also explains that the aging baby-boom population will continue to require preventive medical services. As a result, physicians’ practices may expand and therefore require more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties. How many additional jobs are projected to be created from 2012 to 2022? More than 160,000 positions for medical assistants (who earn certification).2

2. It’s possible to train and graduate in 14 months.

As you look into various medical assistant programs, you’ll discover the completion time for each program varies too. It is possible to train for a medical assistant diploma in as little as 14 months. After you graduate, you can immediately take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam for certification. That leads us to the next big question. Is it worth spending the next 14 months training to become a medical assistant?

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5 Critical Questions to Ask Online Healthcare Schools

January 1, 2016
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Choosing an online healthcare school is an exciting and hopeful time. You’re looking forward to starting a new healthcare career and the next step is getting enrolled with right online school for your needs. As you speak to admissions representatives at various online healthcare schools, be a wise consumer and ask these critical questions.

1. Are you accredited?

Why is this important? Accreditation means an outside accrediting body has determined the school does offer a quality education. Many employers prefer graduates from accredited schools. It may also mean that the school is approved by the Department of Education to offer financial aid.

2. How long does it take to finish a course?

Depending on the school, courses may take as few as five weeks to finish, or up to 16 weeks (a semester). Make sure the structure fits your lifestyle. Some people like five-week courses because they can finish quickly and feel a sense of accomplishment in a short period of time compared to a longer semester.

3. How will I learn in an online classroom?

At some schools, enrolling in a program simply means you’ll be reading a textbook online and taking tests. If you want to be taught by instructors and get plenty of different ways to learn, check into the program’s student experience. Online learning could include watching lectures, working through animated scenarios, responding to discussion board posts, taking tests, participating in chat rooms, live instructor sessions and similar learning environments. Continue Reading…


[VIDEO] How to Stay Happy – Look for The Silver Lining

December 30, 2015

How to Stay Happy

Some people may tell you the way positive thinking improved their lives was from having confidence in an interview or defeating a major illness. Hi and welcome back to our series on how to stay constantly happy. Just because some people always have a smile on their face doesn’t mean they don’t have bad days. The difference between you and them is how you handled that bad situation.

Happy people tend to look at the silver lining of a situation and usually that helps to make a bad situation seem a whole lot better. Even the worst situations have a positive angle but you have to be willing to open your eyes and look for it. It’s all too easy to get sucked into negativity and tell yourself that you’re not good enough for that job, you most likely won’t achieve that dream and so on.

Try out a week of positive thinking and see how you fare. You may discover life is a lot more enjoyable than you thought. Thanks for watching and tune in for more happiness tips.


Life, Money

Top 5 Financially Motivating Books

December 28, 2015
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It’s nice to set a goal from time to time. If you find yourself struggling with money often, you may make objectives based on managing finances. However, how do you know what goals to set? What’s reasonable when you’re first beginning to change your ways? Luckily, several knowledgeable finance pros have published how-to books on budgeting, money management, salary raises and more. If you’re looking to get inspired, you’ve come to the right place. Read these five financially motivating books to help get you on the right track.

1. ‘The Self-Made Billionaire Effect: How Extreme Producers Create Massive Value’ by John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen
Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire? If you have money troubles, you may often find yourself envious of those who are very financially sound, including billionaires.1 What did these people do to achieve such success? This book mentions a few notable billionaires and what all of them have in common. If you’re looking to find the magic formula and get inspired, pick up this good read.

2. ‘Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals’ by Thomas Corley
Finding success in finance can be difficult, especially when you’re young and just beginning to truly figure out the value of money.2 This book is essentially a how-to guide for young people on what makes some rich and others poor. Want to know how the guy knows his stuff? He actually spent five years studying both rich and poor people to determine what characteristics each group held, and he found a few distinguishable traits. If you’d like to change your ways and fall into the wealthier group, don’t overlook this one.

3. ‘If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly’ by William Bernstein
This book was written by a guy who founded the investment management firm Efficient Frontier Advisors and wanted to pass on his advice to his grandchildren. The book walks millennials through ways to end up with $1 million in the bank, but advises them that it may take a while. He also touches on the fear that some millennials may have that Social Security won’t be around by the time they retire, which isn’t necessarily true.
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Helpful Career Links

December 23, 2015
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Dress for Success  promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help our clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work.

Feel More Secure With A Better Smile, Without A Dentist 

A great first impression can lead to career successA great first impression can open doors, while a poor one can slam them shut. By following the tips in this article, you’ll increase your chances of making a positive first impression — the kind that can have a long-lasting impact on your career and success.

The latest survey data says a full 94% of recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts. And that is across the board for short order cooks to financial analysts. And yet people are puzzled, or at least, skeptical as to why tools like LinkedIn are such a game changer. Read more

What is LinkedIn? discover how to use this social media platform to your advantage.

Disclaimer: Please note information contained in this article was current during time of production. Information is subject to change.


How to Avoid Unexpectedly High Medical Bills

December 22, 2015
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It is very important to understand your health insurance benefits. I suggest you understand who your providers are before you need one, and whether they are covered by your insurance plan. Not all doctors and providers accept every insurance plan. Both an HMO and a PPO have a network of providers. An HMO has a closed network and patients must see a provider on that list. A PPO has a preferred list. Yes, you can see a provider outside of the network, but the benefits will less (which means you will likely pay a lot more for the same service versus seeing someone in the network).

You may even go to an in-network hospital and that employs a physician who is outside your network, so that’s why it is very important to understand whether each service provide you see is covered by your plan.

Many Americans are drowning in medical debt because they did not understand their insurance plan.

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Job Search Advice

Top Internet Job Search Sites

December 21, 2015
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The best sites for finding job listed below, will help you find the most current job openings fast. The search tools are simple and easy to use, and you can query based on the type of job you’re looking for, location and other factors.

 CareerBuilder is among the top job sites. CareerBuilder has partnered with many newspapers to provide local as well as national job listings. CareerBuilder powers the career sites for more than 10,000 Web sites, including 140 newspapers and leading portals such as MSN and AOL.
Indeed includes millions of job listings from thousands of web sites, including company career pages, job boards, newspaper classifieds, associations, and blogs.

LinkUp is a job search engine that uncovers hidden jobs from company web sites. LinkUp monitors thousands of small, mid-sized, and large company career sections in order to connect applicants with often unadvertised jobs by listing the jobs on company websites.

LinkUp publishes job openings that are listed on corporate and employer websites from around the country. As a result, the listings are from real companies, there are no duplicates because they are only pulled from a single source, and they are always current. Continue Reading…