National Hospital Week

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National Hospital Week is just around the corner! From May 12 through May 18, health professionals everywhere will be celebrating the nation’s largest healthcare event. National Hospital Week is a celebration of history, technology, and the dedicated professionals that make healthcare facilities across America renowned for being excellent places to receive care and treatment. National Hospital Week is also a time to recognize hardworking hospital staff, and to promote the mission of health and well-being. With celebrations beginning in 1921, National Hospital Week began when a magazine editor in Chicago suggested that more information about hospitals might help to alleviate public fears about the healthcare system. Since then, the celebration has succeeded in promoting both trust and goodwill among members of the public. Hospitals across the country are encouraged to plan activities throughout the week to recognize and celebrate the quality care that their staffs provide. All professionals in the…

The Benefits of Earning Your Degree in Medical Assisting

Categories: Medical Assisting

Thinking about a career in the rewarding field of Medical Assisting? While earning your degree isn’t a requirement for working as a Medical Assistant, choosing a training program that leads to a degree in Medical Assisting can offer advantages for program graduates. A degree in Medical Assisting can potentially give you a leg up on the competition during the job interview process. Your longer training period may also set you apart from those who hold either diplomas or certificates, and make you a more appealing candidate when it comes time to hire for a Medical Assisting position. While degree programs require more credit hours and take more time to complete than diploma or certificate programs, the additional coursework and general education classes results in a thorough, well-rounded education. At Arizona College, our Medical Assisting degree program includes courses specific to the field of Medical Assisting, as well as general education…

A Day in the Life: Get the Inside Scoop on Working in Allied Health from AZ College Grads

Categories: Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend your days as a Health Information Specialist? Maybe it’s Massage Therapy that interests you? From Medical Assisting to Phlebotomy, there’s never been a more fascinating time to consider pursuing a career in healthcare. Maybe you’ve even considered working in the medical field before, but weren’t quite sure what program would be right for you? To help you learn more, and to continue connecting our community of students and alumni, Arizona College is excited to launch a new content series, A Day in the Life, bringing you an insider’s perspective on careers and job paths available through our programs in allied health, directly from former Arizona College graduates. We’ve connected with recent graduates to find out what they’ve done with their training, and what a typical day looks like in each of their chosen fields. Read first-person accounts for all the details…

Biohazard Exposure Prevention: Tips for Protecting Yourself

Categories: Phlebotomy

Professionals in the field of Phlebotomy have the responsibility of collecting samples of blood from patients. It is absolutely critical that Phlebotomists use caution – both for their own safety and the safety of others – when performing venipuncture in order to avoid exposure to blood-borne pathogens. During training, aspiring Phlebotomists learn a number of standard safety procedures and precautions that help protect them when performing their duties. These include needlestick precautions, how to handle spills, and proper needle disposal. Needlestick Precautions – If a Phlebotomist accidentally sticks him or herself with a contaminated needle, precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of infection. The Phlebotomist must first remove their gloves, and the site of the needlestick should be washed with soap and water while squeezing to promote bleeding. This is very important as it helps to flush the contaminate from the Phlebotomist’s system. The patient’s name and record…

Medical Assisting Tips: Methods for Minimizing Injection Pain

Categories: Medical Assisting

  For allied health professionals working in the field of Medical Assisting, an important part of the job is working around the fact that most people don’t typically enjoy receiving shots. It is not uncommon for patients, both young and old, to be uncomfortable around needles, leading to a fear of receiving medications via injections or having blood drawn for testing. When giving an injection, Medical Assistants can follow a few simple steps to minimize a patient’s pain and discomfort during the injection process. • Talk to the patient to help them relax. If the patient is tense, their muscles will be difficult to penetrate and will cause the injection to hurt more than it would if the patient’s muscles were relaxed. • Always avoid injections in areas that are sensitive or have hardened tissues, as this is likely to cause the patient pain. • In the case that a…