How To Take Better Patient Histories

Medical Assistant taking patient history

Patient records are a vital part of modern healthcare, providing an invaluable record of the patient’s medical history. As a medical assistant, one of your responsibilities will be to create or update patient histories, recording previous illnesses, surgeries and vaccinations. Recording patient histories is normally a straightforward process, generally using a standardised form, but there are always ways to improve that process, making things quicker and easier for both you and the patient. Here are five things you can do to take better patient histories.   1. Build a rapport - The best way to make things easier for both..


5 Way To Stand Out As A Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

The key to advancing your career as a dental assistant, accessing better job opportunities and improving your wage, is to find a way to stand out from those around you. By employing your skills, education and personal abilities you can differentiate yourself from other applicants and ensure that your name is first on the list for new positions and career advancement. To help you achieve this, we’ve put together five ways you can stand out as a dental assistant.   1. Put in the hard work - Perhaps the easiest way to differentiate yourself from the people around you, is..


Legal Terms Every Paralegal Needs to Know: Part One

Consulting paralegal terms

Learning the correct legal terms for the field of law in which you plan to work is essential for a paralegal. Here at Northwest, our Paralegal Studies Course offers you the opportunity to learn those terms from a seasoned attorney, experienced in practicing law here in Nevada. To help keep them fresh in your mind, we’ve put together a series of articles listing legal terms every paralegal needs to know, along with the brief explanation of what they mean.   1.  Adjective law - Also known as adjectival law, adjective law is a collection of laws that deal with procedure or..


How To Stand Out As A Dental Administrative Assistant

Discussion among Dental Administrative Assistant

Dental administrative assistants occupy a hugely important role in any dental practice. Their administrative skills allow a practice to work at optimal efficiency and they provide vital coordination between staff members, departments and third parties. As exciting as the position of dental administrative assistant is, it is essentially a back office role, which can sometimes make it hard to stand out and move your career forward. To help you get the best out of being a dental administrative assistant, we’ve put together some ideas on how you can fine-tune your skills to help you stand out and get ahead.  ..


Should I Learn More Than One Language At The Same Time?

ESL students

Time is a luxury that most of us don’t have and, given that learning a language is a time consuming and slow process , the idea of learning more than one language at once can seem attractive. This is particularly true when it comes to learning English.   As English is the dominant language in the U.S. learning it comes with a host of benefits, but you may have a personal or professional interest in learning another language and be considering trying to learn both at the same time. In this article we will examine if learning more than one..


How CPR Was Invented

CPR training using an AED and bag mask

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has become an intrinsic part of our culture. Even those people who are not trained in it are usually aware of it and the basics of its method. It has also been featured on numerous T.V programs and in a variety of films. Part of the reason that CPR has had such an impact is that is works. You are up to 40% more likely to survive sudden heart failure if a bystander promptly starts performing CPR on you. It might be surprising then that the American Heart Association didn’t formally endorse CPR until 1963. In..


What To Do On The Day Of An Exam?

The Day Of An Exam

Exam day is here, you studied all semester and now you are ready to take on that final challenge that can make or break your grade. Obviously, exam season is one of the most stressful times in a student’s life, so to help out we’ve put together some physical and mental strategies to help you get the best out of the big day. Physical Strategies Sleep: While it might be tempting to forego sleep in order to cram in a few extra hours of studying, don’t give in to that temptation. All the studying in the world won’t matter if..


4 Great Reasons To Choose Massage Therapy As A Career

Massage Therapy As A Career

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life. The job you choose will take up around 40 hours of your week, every week, for most of your life, so finding the right job is hugely important. There’s nothing worse than hating a job you’ll be spending most of your time doing.   Many people are now finding that massage therapy is an excellent career choice, providing great job satisfaction, great earning potential and a fantastic fit for their other lifestyle commitments.   Massage therapy is also a growing sector, with employment for..


Why Train As A Medical Administrative Assistant?

Medical-Administrative-Assistant

A career as a medical administrative assistant offers a range of fantastic benefits, from a great earning potential to high job satisfaction. As an administrator you will be a key part of any healthcare practice, ensuring that everything runs like clockwork and that your colleagues have the resources in place to deliver the best healthcare possible. So if you are thinking about retraining, or what your first career choice should be, here are the top reasons to become a medical administrative assistant.   1. It’s a role that’s in demand - The ageing population in the U.S. has prompted a..


4 Tips For Veterans Returning To Education

Veterans-Returning-To-Education

Returning to education can be a difficult experience for most people. If you are a veteran returning to civilian life that difficulty can be increased by the unique challenges veterans face, including feelings of isolation, lack of confidence and coping without the structure provided by the military.   Here at Northwest Career College, we are committed to providing the best educational opportunities possible for our country’s veterans, from providing advice on VA Funding to educational support on our courses. As part of that commitment we’ve put together these four tips for veterans returning to education.   1. Take full advantage..