12-Hour Days: Tips for Getting Through a Long Shift

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There are many great benefits of working in the allied health field – the satisfaction of helping others, making an impact in the lives of your patients, and the excitement that comes with working in a medical facility, just to name a few. There are, however, a number of challenges as well. One such challenge for many healthcare professionals is the long hours, especially for those who regularly work shifts of 12 hours or more. Next time you find yourself working into the wee hours, keep these tips in mind: Make sure you are eating plenty of healthy and high-energy foods to make it through the day. Stay away from the vending machines and, instead, plan ahead. Bring portion-sized containers of pasta and sandwiches, and keep foods on hand to snack on throughout the day, like fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts. Take care of yourself with nutritional supplements, like fish…

Study Tips for Healthcare Students

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As a healthcare student, you have seemingly endless facts, procedures, and terminology to familiarize yourself with. Everyone has their own learning and studying styles, but next time you are cramming for an exam or just catching up on some materials, keep these study tips for healthcare students in mind. Keep study materials with you at all times. You never know when you may find yourself delayed or waiting for someone – this is a great opportunity to study or review your materials.   Make handwritten flash cards. The process of making flash cards can be as valuable as studying them, as handwriting the cards yourself will help you to retain more information. Practice pronunciation. Say the words out loud when studying to prepare yourself to speak the language when on the job. When prepping for an exam, take practice tests. This will help you familiarize yourself with the test language…

More Than Just Facts: 4 Life Lessons Learned Through a Healthcare Training Program

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Everyone’s experience in a healthcare training program is different. The medical information and training techniques that are taught will be the same, but what each student takes away from the program is as unique as the individual. When completing your training program, there are many lessons you will learn that will lead you not only in your professional career, but in your personal life as well. Maintain a healthy diet. As you will often find yourself telling your patients, you don’t need to deprive yourself, but make a conscious effort to eat mindfully not mindlessly. It’s important that when you talk the talk with your patients you walk the walk yourself – lead by example when it comes to healthy eating habits.   Stay rested. Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. As you have likely learned from your healthcare training, sleep deprivation is increasingly associated…

Specialities Within the Field of Massage Therapy

Categories: Massage Therapy

The growing field of Massage Therapy offers many different types of massages and massage techniques in which therapists can choose to further explore and specialize. Some popular Massage Therapy specialties include: Spa Therapy: Massage Therapists who utilize this massage technique use a combination of aromatherapy, nutrition, massage, and other natural healing techniques in their practice. Sports Massage: This specialty helps athletes prevent injuries and enhance their performance. A range of techniques is utilized in sports massage to help restore function to muscles and joints before, during, and after sporting participation. Reflexology: A traditional form of Chinese massage, reflexology concentrates on applying pressure to certain pressure points in the body that correspond to particular organs and areas of body tissue. Stone Therapy: Stone therapy utilizes smooth stones that are heated or cooled during massages. Heated stones help to relax the muscles, allowing the therapist to work more deeply into the muscle…

Workplace Safety: Hospitals

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When working in a hospital setting, safety management is absolutely critical to keep employees, visitors, and patients feeling secure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or OSHA) is a federal agency that regulates workplace safety and has stated that people have the right to a safe work environment. Hospitals must comply with several medical workplace safety regulations, including radiation exposure, blood-borne pathogen exposure, fire safety training, and exit door requirements. OSHA enforces hospital employers to take all the necessary precautions to maintain safety in a hospital workplace. If not managed properly, hospitals can be a very dangerous place. It is critical for all areas to comply with OSHA licensing regulations, including sanitation and proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. This is the case for all places within a hospital – from the reception area to the exam rooms. It is also necessary to follow OSHA regulations in equipment safety.…