Nursing: Career Paths

Categories: Nursing

In addition to working in an extremely rewarding field, Nurses enjoy the benefit of being able to choose from a wide range of career paths that offer diverse job environments. Not all Registered Nurses work in a hospital environment. Offering a fair amount of autonomy, RNs can work in home healthcare services, which includes providing care for patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital and are recovering in their own homes. Many RNs do work in hospitals and other round-the-clock facilities, but if these hours aren’t for you, working in a physician’s office can be an excellent solution. Physicians typically have office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and eight-hour shifts tend to be the standard. For those who want to explore and travel throughout the states, Travel Nursing can be a highly rewarding career. Travel Nurses take on short-term assignments in various locations throughout the country.…

What’s Preventing You From Going Back To School?

Categories: Uncategorized

Once you have hit the pause button on your education, it’s understandable that the decision to go back to school can seem quite daunting. But what’s preventing you from going back to school and earning your degree or diploma? A large percentage of those in today’s higher learning landscape are made up of adult learners who have gone back to school to earn or finish their degree. No matter what your reason was for leaving school the first time, there is no reason you shouldn’t take this opportunity to go back and pursue your education to improve your career prospects, earn that promotion at work, or to expand your current skill set. You may be thinking that going back to school will be too expensive and you can’t afford it. But most people who go back to school don’t pay the full cost of their education by themselves – knowing your…

Massage Therapy & Naturopathy

Categories: Massage Therapy

Naturopathic, or naturopathy, is a system of healthcare that isn’t defined by the substances used, but in the underlying principles that determine the practice. Those principles include the healing power of nature, finding the true cause of ailments, treating the whole person, prevention, and education. Treatment options in naturopathic medicine can range from lifestyle and diet changes to botanical medicine, from physical medicine to counseling. Treatments may also include prescription medications and even referrals to a specialist in order to provide the best possible care and treatment plan. Massage Therapy, offered at Arizona College, is a form of naturopathic medicine. Massage Therapists use the healing power of touch to improve circulation, bringing oxygen and other nutrients back into the body’s tissues, helping their patients reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and clear the lactic acid and waste from the body that can cause pain and…

Needle Positioning: The Key to a Successful Blood Draw

Categories: Phlebotomy

Those training to enter the field of Phlebotomy should know that one of the keys to a successful blood draw is needle positioning – an improper needle position is one of the most common causes of blood draw failure. Once trained, a Phlebotomist can use several simple visual cues to determine if the needle is positioned correctly in the vein. The angle of the needle can greatly affect the success of a blood draw. If the bevel of the needle is resting against the lower or upper wall of the vein, blood flow can be affected – this problem can easily be fixed by changing the needle angle. If the needle angle is too shallow, this can cause the needle to come in contact with the upper wall, resulting in an angle that is too steep, which can cause the needle to come in contact with the lower wall. To…

Physiological Variables That Can Affect Blood

Categories: Phlebotomy

Are you considering a career in the field of Phlebotomy? As you begin your training and become familiar with the numerous processes and procedures of the job, you should also have an understanding of the various physiological variables that can affect a patient’s blood when collecting samples for testing. One of the more obvious variables to consider is the age of the patient. Compared with adults, newborns typically have higher values of red and white blood cells. Elderly patients may have higher levels of creatinine present in their blood samples, as kidney function tends to decline with age. Diet can also affect the composition of blood. A diet that includes foods with high sugar will produce high glucose levels in the blood that can last for several hours. A diet that includes a lot of fatty foods will increase the fat content in blood, making plasma appear cloudy. If the…