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      5 industry updates you don't want to miss

      Posted by Jessica Langley on July 2017

      July’s industry trends are all about collaboration - whether it be industry stakeholders promoting workforce development initiatives or educators and employers working together toward a common goal. These July updates illustrate numerous examples of valuable allied health partnerships.

      Whether you want to enhance current relationships or secure new partnerships, being in-the-know about the industry’s most relevant news provides you (and others) with access to the relevant information that is shaping the future of healthcare.

      Phlebotomy Certification Recognized
      (Not Required) in Connecticut

      NHA was proud to advocate for phlebotomists in Connecticut, as recently the governor signed two acts into law. Connecticut now defines ‘“phlebotomist” as "a person, acting on an order of a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse or podiatrist, who draws blood for diagnostic testing, transfusions, research or blood donations.”

      The state law now provides that “a person who practices as a phlebotomist in the state may obtain certification as a phlebotomist from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, National Center for Competency Testing, National Phlebotomy Association, National Healthcareer Association or American Medical Technologists.”

      Phlebotomist are not required to be certified in the state of Connecticut.  However, only a certified phlebotomist working in a hospital may perform the extended phlebotomy function of   "flushing a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline, in a single use pre-filled syringe."

      American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy: Results of the 2015 National Certified Pharmacy Technician Workforce Survey

      This survey aimed to examine job satisfaction, sources of stress, professional and employer commitment, education, training and motivation for entry into the profession among Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhTs). Results of the survey were also used to determine relationships between those aforementioned variables and the CPhTs’ level of involvement in various work activities.

      Read the full story from The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy >

      Pharmacy technician self-efficacies:
      Insight to aid future education, staff development, and workforce planning

      The roles of pharmacy technicians are increasingly prominent given pharmacy's transition to patient-centered activities and the evolving scope of practice in the United States and throughout the world.

      The aims of this study were to assess U.S. pharmacy technicians' self-efficacies for and attitudes toward performing current and emerging roles in hospital and in community pharmacy and to identify factors related to pharmacy technician self-efficacies in these roles.

      Read the full story from Research in Social and Administrative Phamacy >

      CareerSTAT Frontline Worker Champions
      & Emerging Champions

      National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is proud to support the important work done by many CareerSTAT Frontline Worker Champions. An employer-led initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerSTAT is a network of almost 200 healthcare and workforce leaders promoting investment in the skills and careers of frontline workers.

      They support healthcare organizations in developing, scaling and sustaining development programs by: 

      •  engaging healthcare leaders in peer-learning
      • documenting effective workforce development programs and policies
      • studying the business impact of workforce investments
      • providing technical assistance on program development
      • recognizing Champion organizations

      Read the full story from National Fund of Workforce Solutions >

      SOAP Notes: The Documentation Method of Choice in Healthcare

      Along with the modern technology needed to capture essential patient data, there becomes an equal need for modern documentation. As providers share medical information this presents a need for a universal, systematic way to record data. This universal form of data exists in the form of Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan (SOAP) notes.

      Read the full story here >

      Topics: Great Topic, Phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, pharmacy, allied health careers, allied health, pharm tech

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      For media inquiries, please contact Jessica Langley at jessica.langley@ascendlearning.com.

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