Care + Career

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

Jessica Salley

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Great gifts for allied health professionals

Healthcare professionals pour their hearts into their work. They're passionate about helping people and making a difference in their communities. What better way to treat them than to give them a gift that recognizes what they love most?

Whether you're shopping for a friend, family member, student or co-worker, here are some great gift ideas* for the allied health professional on your list.

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Allied Health Professionals Celebrate and Share Career Stories

Working in healthcare you have the opportunity to impact other people's lives every day and for so many NHA certified professionals it's the passion for helping others that motivates them in their career.

This year we celebrated Allied Health Professionals Week - the first week of November - by asking our certification holders to share their stories, and were overwhelmed by over 850 submissions from proud allied health professionals, students, and educators working toward their career dreams.

Here are some of the stories we received...

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What does a medical assistant do? It may be more than you think

If you're thinking about making a career change, entering the medical assisting profession, or trying to figure out what to do next as an MA, you may have questions.

What are the essential duties of this quickly evolving healthcare role? What is the job outlook for medical assistants? What is the value of getting certified? What other jobs can a medical assistant be qualified for with the right mix of skills, experience, and training?

Let's take a look at the top questions about being a medical assistant.

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Ask an expert: health career & insights from Michelle Heller, CMA

No matter where you are in your allied health career, Michelle Heller, CMA, has some insights that could help you on your path.

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What's it like to take an NHA certification exam? [VIDEO]

You’ve studied, you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep. You’ve had a nutritious breakfast and all the other things that can help prepare you for your test day – but what else can you expect?

Although your experience may vary test location to location a few things will remain the same for every NHA exam candidate. Let’s take a look at what you can expect that test day, plus how to get your exam results when you're done.

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This patient care tech passed 3 NHA exams – here’s how

 

When Tiffany Schmidt enrolled in an allied health training program she knew she was going to have to put in some extra work to achieve her goals. “I was beyond nervous knowing I had to take three NHA certification tests all within a few weeks of each other. I was struggling to remember the information provided during lecture and felt like I still wasn't 100% prepared to take these tests – phlebotomy , EKG , AND patient care tech .”

Despite her nerves and tight schedule, Tiffany walked out of the testing center three times with a ‘Pass’ mark on every single exam! In less than three months after passing her exams, Tiffany became a patient care technician at a local hospital where she performs STAT EKGs and blood draws daily.

So how did she do it?

We asked her to share the tips that made a difference for her.

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Get inspired with #NHAcertified professionals on Instagram

Are you one of the 700 million Instagram users? Well, so are we!

Introducing the new NHA Instagram account: @IamNHAcertified, dedicated to sharing real stories from NHA certified professionals.

People like Gerri Henry, CCMA:

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Troubleshooting your job search

 

Looking for a job is a big deal. Sometimes everyth ing goes right and you find just the right fit on your first try. More often it takes more time and effort. We put together a list of some common stumbling blocks on the job hunt and a few tips to help you get over them.
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How to read an NHA exam crosswalk

 

Healthcare practices change over time and we have to make sure NHA certification exams accurately test the most current and relevant tasks in each profession we serve. So, every few years NHA consults with a lot of healthcare experts, and conducts nationwide job analysis research to update or create a new test plan for a given exam.

Depending on the profession (medical assistant, phlebotomy, etc.), a test plan could change a little or a lot. Some professions are evolving rapidly and others are changing, but not as fast. That can make it hard to know at-a-glance the difference between a new and a previous test plan. That’s where the exam crosswalk comes in.

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How to read a test plan (the insider's study secret)

Does your upcoming certification exam feel like a mystery? Wondering what’s going to be on it?

Enter, the NHA certification exam test plan.

There is a different test plan for each of NHA’s certification exams available for trainers and instructors to use preparing their students and for exam candidates.

The test plan is used as the guide for creating the exam, as well as building the content in NHA study guides and practice tests* and while it won’t teach you what you need to know to pass the test it can be a helpful free resource for planning your studying – but how do you read one?

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