Care + Career

Resources, news and fun for NHA certification candidates and alumni.

5 things you didn't know about medical assistants

What do you know about medical assisting? Here at NHA, we've watched this allied health career evolve into a profession that's respected and rewarding in so many ways. In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, here are five things you might not know about medical assisting.

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How the pharm tech role is evolving (and how to prepare)

The role of the pharmacy technician is evolving. What used to be a strictly clerical role with desk duties is shifting into areas of greater complexity that require more specialized training and skills.

This creates exciting opportunities for those who are already in the field, or those considering a new career in pharmacy tech. Employers are looking for candidates who have the training and professionalism required for this evolving role, and taking your education seriously can help you work your way up the professional ladder.

Here’s what’s shifting now, and how you can excel during and after this transition.

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Self-care in healthcare: Finding work-life balance


As a healthcare worker, you dedicate endless hours to helping others. It’s a noble job that speaks to your compassion for others. But what about you — How many hours do you spend helping yourself?

Judy O. Berry, Ed.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa, compares a person’s self-care needs to a cell phone’s battery needs. Cell phone batteries need to be recharged. You can do this at three different times:
  1. When the battery is completely without power
  2. When the phone is notifying you to pay attention “Low battery — please charge!"
  3. Regularly recharge to always have power
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Team-Based Care in Action

Done in collaboration with North Shore Physican Group

Laura Nichols,  a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) at North Shore Physician Group (NSPG) has experienced first-hand the evolution of the medical assistant. Her role has changed for the better, and she has taken full advantage of professional development and career opportunities offered to her by NSPG.

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Healthcare job interview questions (and how to answer them)

Interviews are nerve-racking. But the more prepared you are, the less stressed you’ll be.

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What is continuing education? Why is it important in healthcare?

Some occupations — particularly in healthcare — require continuing education.

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How to prepare for your healthcare job interview

You earned your certification and you’re ready to land your first allied health job. Or perhaps you’re already in the field but you’re looking to move on or move up. Getting the job is about luck, but mostly it’s the luck you create. As the Roman philosopher Seneca so famously said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” So create your own luck and follow these 10 tips to prepare for your job interview.

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Healthcare Job Seekers: Beware of These Social Media Mistakes

Your first impression happens before you even step foot into your interview. Employers are getting to know you online first, meaning your social media presence can help you — or hinder you — in getting a healthcare job.

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How to get your allied health certification

So you’ve decided to invest in your future and get certified. Congratulations! Now what?

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How to prepare for your certification exam

You know that feeling when you open a textbook and the words start to blend together? You aren’t sure what to focus on and before you know it hours have passed and you haven’t made any progress.

We’ve all been there. But when you’re preparing for an National Healthcareer Association exam, there’s a better way. Without further ado, here’s our No. 1 tip for preparing for your certification exam:

Study the right material.

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