Care + Career

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

New CE series provides latest developments in trending medication topics

Pharmacy news has recently hit major media outlets. From prescription drug prices to the opioid epidemic, all you need to do is turn on the TV to see that these topics aren't only impacting the healthcare community. But what, as healthcare professionals, do we need to know and do? 

Information in this series may be beneficial to those working in the pharmacy space, hospitals or in medical offices.

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At NHA, we strive to bring you the latest information you need to succeed in your healthcare career. We know that in healthcare, changes are happening fast, which is why NHA requires Continuing Education (CE) credits to maintain certification. We work with some of the industry's top experts to author CE content and provide you access to the information you need to know now.

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The Ultimate Guide to Talking About Your Certification

Putting in the time, effort and resources to earn an NHA certification can say something about your character and your capabilities. But how do you let people (especially hiring managers) know about your hard work and meaningful achievement?

We put together some tips to help you talk about your certification — both on your resume and in an interview — to empower you to make the most of your NHA certification.

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Julie Pham, CPhT, Receives First NHA Career Bridge Scholarship

We’re pleased to announce the recipient of the Spring 2018 NHA Career Bridge Scholarship, Julie Pham, CPhT.

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7 things to consider when selecting a certification provider

Choosing an allied health certification provider is a decision that should be made carefully and with intention. After all, it is your career you are talking about. As you research your options, use these seven criteria to give you a clear picture of which provider may be best for you.

1. Accreditation: Certifications should be recognized and respected by an
accrediting body, not just a certificate of program completion. Look for the stamp of approval from a national accreditor such as The National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA). It sets standards to ensure that certification programs and their exams meet national industry expectations.

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Mental health, infertility, wound care & bone health: New CE series features trending topics

As an allied health professional, you have to wear many hats. The patients you help come from various life experiences and are dealing with completely different situations, so it's important to have a broad understanding of their health situation. 

Our newest Continuing Education (CE) content series features trending topics that are affecting almost every healthcare facility — mental health, infertility, wound care and bone health. 

  • Infertility
    Did you know that between 5 and 15% of women in the United States struggle to get pregnant?  In fact, the World Health Organization named infertility in women as the 5th highest serious global disability. Read this article to find out about the various types of infertility, identify common causes of infertility, learn symptoms associated with infertility, as well as medications and other treatments that are most effective for treating infertility. 
  • Wound Care Treatment and Management Guidelines
    Wound care is a multi-billion dollar industry and advanced wound care is one of the fastest-growing segments in US health care. This article will describe the components of effective wound care, differentiate types of wounds, explain the various stages of wounds and wound healing, list factors that delay wound healing and list essential principles of wound healing.
  • The Skeletal System
    Taking active steps to improve and sustain bone health will help to improve the patients’ quality of life well into late adulthood.  This article will include a review of the skeleton, go through the phases of bone development, discuss different types of bone fractures and diseases, and discuss how to keep bones healthy.
  • Mental Health: Bridging the Gap
    This article illustrates the growing need for mental health care, investigates the gaps in providing services, and explores the use of behavioral health integration as a creative way to meet clients’ needs and deliver care in a cost effective manner.   

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Health Science Program Offers the Opportunity to Experience Healthcare in High School

 Article originally featured in access™ 2018, volume II

Contributors: Beth Brown, CTE Advisor
Masud Shamsid-Deen, Executive Director of CTE


Hospital Partnership Propels Success

Career & Technical Education (CTE) in high schools is gaining momentum, and it’s easy to see why. It’s been proven to reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates and even increase the likelihood of graduates going on to further their education after high school.*

Plus, the demand for healthcare continues to rise. Getting students career-ready earlier can help students gain employment upon graduation. And if they want to further their education, that job not only can help support their tuition, but can also give them real-world healthcare experience to help them on their career journey.

There’s no arguing that CTE works, and that health science in high schools is needed. But what makes a health science program successful?

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CTE Program Offers a Holistic Approach to Career and College Readiness

 

Article originally featured in access™ 2018, volume II

Contributor: Collie Wells, Interim Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Division 

When the Alabama Department of Education set out to improve their CTE programming, they started with research, gaining insights from business and industry to determine what employers are looking for or lacking in potential candidates.

“We want to make sure that students who exit secondary career tech programs are actually prepared with skills that are going to help them get employed,” says Collie Wells, Interim Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Division. “We started having lots of conversations with business and industry throughout the state to find out, ‘What do you really need from potential employees? What are you missing? What are they lacking?’”

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This Bilingual Medical Assisting Program is Setting a New Standard

 

Article originally featured in access™ 2018, volume II

Contributors: Robert Curran, D.C.,

Hannah Weinstock, Executive Director Workforce Development
Division of Adult and Continuing Education, LaGuardia Community College

The wild success of a new program piloted by LaGuardia Community College and its partners — NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Washington Heights Workforce1 Career Center — is catching the attention of employers, students and medical assistant education programs throughout the country.

A total of 40 immigrant New Yorkers graduated from LaGuardia’s first English Language Learners Medical Assistant Training Program* with an astounding 100% pass rate on not just one, but three NHA exams — for medical assisting, phlebotomy and EKG.

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Interview Success Tips From Real Healthcare Hiring Managers

It's natural to feel a little nervous about a job interview. Nerves, however, can hurt your performance in an interview if you don't prepare. So NHA turned to the experts for advice on overcoming interview set-backs.

From getting to know the company to following up after an interview here is a guide to interview success from experienced healthcare hiring managers on ways to stand out (the right way) before, during, and after the interview.

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EKG technician job outlook & opportunities

There's a growing demand for frontline healthcare workers. To date, NHA has awarded over 750,000 certifications to allied health professionals. Empowering professionals through the power of certification is at the heart of our mission, and we regularly conduct industry research to ensure the content and exams we provide to current and future certification holders are relevant and keep up with trends.

Recently, we looked at the current state of the EKG technician profession — and what's to come in the future. During this research, we surveyed and interviewed working EKG technicians across the country. Here's a what we learned from them.

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