Getting the Most Out of Your Clinical Externship

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In order to provide you with some real-world experience in your field of choice before entering the job market, most of our allied health programs at Arizona College require an off-campus externship as part of your training. As you begin your externship, keep these tips in mind to help you get the most out of your experience. Be professional and dress the part. Look your best and make sure you dress appropriately for the setting you are in. Be productive, punctual, and learn everything you can during the process. And most important, be enthusiastic. The “soft skills” are very important to employers – many of them believe they can teach you any additional technical knowledge you may need and therefore make hiring decisions based on these professionalism issues. Take notes. It’s a good idea to keep a journal and record your experience and any medical firsts for you. Note what…

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…

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.…