What It Takes To Stay Employed

Pharmacy Technician Employee

When meeting with prospective employers and hiring managers, I constantly find myself asking them, "What do you look for in an employee?" I have many ideas of what makes for a valuable employee but it is advantageous to get a pulse on what current hiring businesses are looking for in a prospect. Qualities such as being knowledgeable, experienced, properly credentialed, and amiable frequently top the list. However, there is one answer that surprises me every time. One of the most repeated responses is "I want an employee to be here". By "here" they mean at work and on time. Numerous..


Expected growth in Medical Billing and Coding Jobs

Female Medical Billing and Coding expert

Medical Billing and Coding is part of what the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) classifies as Medical Records and Health Information Technicians. According to BLS reports, the Bureau expects much faster than average growth. Demand for Health Information Technicians is expected to increase because of the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures to be recorded. With an aging population, it only makes sense there will be an increase in contact with healthcare services. Of course, this growth will require trained technicians to enter demographics, process charges, and insure that the physicians are being properly..


Sports Massage

Man taking Sports Massage therapy

Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity — especially strenuous — muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.   One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as..


Why I Love Being a Medical Assistant

Female Medical Assistant

Medical assisting was never a job to me, it was a calling. Many medical assistants move on to higher education but I never sought that out because I was so happy with my part in the medical industry. There are so many choices of specialties and types of venues that most anyone can find something and some place that suits them. We have traditionally been locked into office clinics, however we are breaking into urgent cares and even hospitals working under hospitalists.   Assisting providers to make a difference in the lives of the concerned and frightened patients is very..


Proud to be a Pharmacy Technician

Proud-Female-Pharmacy-Technician

I am proud of my profession. My occupation has blessed me with the opportunity to touch lives, help heal people, and contribute to the health and betterment of our country. Being part of the United States' most trusted profession is an honor on so many levels that it inspires me to want to do more. Over the years, I have developed quite a list of things that can be done by the pharmacy technician to help make us better. Here are 5 things pharmacy people should consider doing to improve:   1) Read - Not only are we required to..


Just a Stone’s Throw Away: The Art of Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage therapy

2,000 years ago was one of the earliest documented history of the use of heated stones for healing in China. Stones were also used for healing work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt, and India. These traditions included laying stones in patterns on the body, carrying or wearing stones for health and protection, using stones for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and for ceremonial uses such as sweat lodges and medicine wheels.   Ancient Greek and Roman cultures have a long-recorded history of many forms of massage and bodywork. The Roman Empire, which dates from 27 B.C...


Medical Billing Software

Working in Medical billing software

If you are interested in a Medical Billing and Coding career, you will undoubtedly be working with medical billing software. There are many companies today specializing in software for the medical practice. We at Northwest Career College have partnered with Collaborate MD to use its training version (Claim Gear) to enable our students to practice hands-on in scheduling, demographics, claim submission, payment posting and revenue reporting.   Collaborate MD was developed in 1999 and had processed over 43 Billion dollars in claims, and serviced over 19 Million patients. This hands-on experience using high tech software employed in so many facilities..


Importance of Paralegals in Investment Firm

paralegals in investment firm

Highly successful investment companies don’t just create large profits for the business itself; they also ensure that each investor has a healthy-sized portfolio.  There will always be highs and lows in the investment market, but proving that you have knowledgeable staff and secure methods will help you to retain your clientele.  In addition to hiring attorneys to review and revise business contracts as needed, there has to be a support system in place to deal with the day-to-day dealings.   Perhaps you don’t need several lawyers, legal interns, paralegal and legal secretaries to work at the helm of your company,..


To Do or Not to Do: The Great Marijuana Debate

legalization of marijuana

Now that I have your attention, this is not a time for me to discuss such a volatile matter. I would like however to take the time to address the rules about marijuana and its position in the professional world. So now for the question of the day: Is marijuana usage legal? The answer is...NO   Many of you just lost interest because you think the author of this blog is in the dark. I am very aware that our state and many others have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes and recreational usage. I am stating it is illegal..


What is a Phlebotomist?

A Phlebotomist drawing blood

Patients ask me all the time: “You’re a Flee-bot-o-mist?” as they are trying to read my title on my  badge. I can’t help but reply: “Yes, I’m a phlebotomist. It’s greek for ‘vampire’ ”.  It’s a good ice-breaker and you get the patient to laugh. It also gets them thinking: ‘Well, what is a phlebotomist?’ and that’s very important. Not many people realize a phlebotomist is more than just a person with a needle in their hand (or fangs for teeth…see what I did there?).   A phlebotomist is an individual who practices the art of phlebotomy or ‘the incision..