What is the difference between a RN and LPN?

Categories: Nursing

Are you thinking about the possibility of having a rewarding career a Nurse?  Are you curious about the difference between a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?  What about pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as opposed to an Associates Degree?  Often times, many people do not know that the profession of a “nurse” has a hierarchy of various levels, and what education and job responsibilities are associated with each classification. The RN’s main responsibility is to ensure that the patient’s needs are being met and that they are receiving the proper medical treatment in a safe environment.  The RN takes verbal and written orders directly from a physician and works under minimal supervision.  Depending on the work environment, a RN typically performs the following: Assesses, analyzes, evaluates and documents patient conditions and symptoms Creates treatment plans with other members of the healthcare team Communicates…

Meet Cheryl Kindred, Campus Director at Arizona College

Categories: Uncategorized

Arizona College is pleased to introduce Cheryl Kindred, as Campus Director for the Glendale campus.  In this new role, Ms. Kindred will have responsibility for the administration and oversight of the Education, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Student Services areas across the Glendale campus.  Please take a moment to get to know our Campus Director! Ms. Kindred brings 20 years of education experience to our organization, including prior roles as Campus Director, Director of Operations, Director of Education and Director of Student Services for organizations such as Brookline College, Everest College, Westwood College and Sanford-Brown College. Ms. Kindred has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University.  She has extensive experience with accrediting bodies including ACICS, ABHES, and ACCSC and was an accreditation site evaluator for ACICS. We are very excited to have Ms. Kindred joining the Arizona College team! Are you interested in the Medical field? Contact Arizona College…

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick visits Arizona College

Categories: Military

On January 6th, 2014, Arizona College-Mesa Campus had a special visit from Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.  She toured the campus, had a live demonstration with our Simulation Manikin 3G in the Nursing Laboratory and had an informative meeting with select Arizona College students including Shawnessey Sledge, Matthew Trenholm, Jacqueline Anderson, Maia Nachie and Marlene Shiprak.  Some of the items discussed were their experience at Arizona College, veteran’s education and benefits and what their future holds after graduation. Ms. Kirkpatrick also met with executives from Arizona College, and from other colleges including Pima Medical Institute, Universal Technical Institute and Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.  It was a great opportunity for these colleges to have a collaborative meeting with Ms. Kirkpatrick. Ms. Kirkpatrick was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in Flagstaff.  Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher.  She graduated from Blue Ridge High…

Happy and Healthy in 2014

Categories: Massage Therapy

As the New Year has begun, many people have committed to another list of New Year’s Resolutions.  In many cases, the goal is to get healthy.  The idea of getting healthy can mean a variety of things.  Physically it might mean losing weight, lowering blood pressure or cholesterol or eating healthy.  Mentally it might mean lowering stress and calming anxiety.   By eliminating bad habits and replacing them with good habits, optimal health is just around the corner! According to the “Hip Hop Doc” Rani Whitfeild, M.D. of Baton Rouge, La., family practitioner and American Heart Association volunteer, here are a few of his top tips for staying on your journey to improved health: Break a big goal into smaller short-term goals.  Don’t go cold turkey!  Reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks to one or two per week…then move toward eliminating them.  This will keep you motivated and on track to…

Why Choose Pharmacy Technician?

Categories: Pharmacy Technician

People often wonder, “why pharmacy technician” and “what does a Pharmacy Technician do?”  A Pharmacy Technician is a pharmacists’ “right hand person”.  Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for gathering information from customers or health care providers to assist the pharmacist in filling the prescription, count out tablets, mix or compound medications, make intravenous medications, among many other duties.  Pharmacy Technicians also perform many clerical duties, such as, answering the phone, process of insurance claims and submit medication supply orders. Interested in becoming a Pharmacy Technician? There are three important qualities in every great Pharmacy Technician. The first quality is good customer service skills.  While working in any outpatient or retail setting, most of the day will be spent satisfying the customer’s needs.  Being polite, helpful, and patient are of the upmost importance. The second quality is being detailed oriented.  One must pay close attention to detail, as when working with medications, any mistake…