Skip to main content

What Are the 5 Critical Components of CPR?

Components of CPR

A recently published study the American Heart Association (AHA) has codified the five critical components of high-quality CPR and how victims often do not receive high-quality CPR because of provider ambiguity in prioritization of resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest.   In this article, we’ll be looking at exactly what those five critical components are and how their correct application could help reduce the 135 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide each year. Minimize Interruptions According to the AHA study, for adequate tissue oxygenation, it is essential that healthcare providers minimize interruptions in chest compressions and therefore maximize the amount of time..


How to Support Multiple Executives

multiethnic business executive

As a busy business administrative assistant, you might find yourself in the position of having to cater to more than one executive. This can be a challenging proposition, as you’ll be expected to balance the expectations and needs of diverse personalities, which can be a frustrating task.   In today’s article, we’ll be looking at some techniques you can use to skillfully navigate a potentially confusing situation. Maintain Communication While keeping an open and active line of communication between you and the executives you are supporting is, as a rule, good practice, group communication when you are supporting multiple executives..


Three Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience

students at college

While the common axiom is that high school will be the best years of your life, attending college and training to take up the career of your dreams can be just as formative and satisfying.    To help make your time here at Northwest as enjoyable as possible, here are three tips to help you make the most of your college experience. Be Proactive in Your Learning As a general rule of thumb, you get as much out of an education as you put into it. NCC, like many higher education institutions, allows you to be proactive with your learning..


How to Be Productive Without Burning Out

managing time success

Organizing your own time table and making sure you have fulfilled your own responsibilities can be difficult at the best of time. If you’re a dental administrative assistant, responsible for the timetables of several busy dental staff, the pressure is massively multiplied.   Trying to stay as productive as possible while stopping yourself from completely burning out can be a fine line to walk, so, to help out, here are some tips you can you to stay productive without harming yourself in the process. Don’t Overextend Yourself Sometimes, the worst thing we can do is say “Yes, I can do..


The Four Humors: An Ancient Take on Phlebotomy

ancient medical treatment

For most of us, the concept of using blood to test for illness seems like a relatively recent idea. However, phlebotomy, or more accurately, bloodletting for medical purposes has been a traditional part of medicine dating back to around 3000 years ago and was only discredited as a medical treatment as late as the late 19th century. In this article, we’ll be looking at how the ancient world approached blood-based medicine and how their understanding of it eventually informed the modern science of phlebotomy. The Ancient World Bloodletting was a common medical procedure amongst some of the earliest civilized cultures,..


What Are the Career Benefits of Becoming a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technicians

Training to become a Pharmacy Technician with Northwest is the start of a rewarding career filled with growing job opportunities, plenty of advancement opportunities and the chance to make a real difference to the lives of others in your community. So, if you’re considering taking up a new career as a pharmacy tech, here are some of the benefits that go with the role. Fast and Affordable Training One of the significant benefits of becoming a pharmacy technician is the fact that the training is very affordable, with a range of student finance options, and, with Northwest’s student-focused training programs,..


Medical Coding For Vaccines – Why It’s Different

Medical billing and Coding

Vaccine coding is done differently to most medical coding and is often a source of confusion for newly qualified medical coders. So, to make things as clear as possible, we’ll be breaking down how coding for vaccines is done and how it differs from regular codes. A Three-Part Code    Vaccine codes are split into three sections:    the administration of the vaccine the vaccine toxoid itself the vaccine diagnosis code   This means that, as the medical coder, you will need to provide a code for the nurse giving the vaccine shot as part of the administration section, the..


4 Supreme Court Judgements That Shaped US Law

supreme court gavel

As the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court has handled some of the more critical cases pertaining to how the laws have changed and advanced in this country. In this article, we’ll be looking at four landmark cases in American law and how the judgments passed on them by the supreme court changed, or created, the laws that affect us every day. Marbury v. Madison, 1803  One of the lesser-known rulings of the Supreme Court, Marbury v. Madison, still had hugely far-reaching consequences as it established the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review over Congress. This meant..


How to Self-Advocate

self advocating

Once you’ve graduated from Northwest and you’re looking for first your first job with your new qualification, self-advocacy becomes a hugely important skill. After all, you’ve got to communicate your worth and how hiring you will be of benefit in just a page of text and less than an hour in the interview room.   However, in a recent poll conducted by the American Society of Administrative Professionals, only 22.5% of people surveyed indicated that they were comfortable with the idea of self-promotion, compared to 80% who said they were comfortable with advocating for others.   In this article, we’ll..


4 Podcasts to Help You With Your Language Learning

radio podcast

As we’ve discussed in our other articles on this topic, media is a great way to stimulate your language learning, with podcasts, TV, music, and books all being handy tools in the ESL learner’s toolbox.   Since podcasts are an easy and effective way to get your language learning fix while you’re on the move, we’ve curated four of the best and more innovative podcasts out there with a focus on picking up a new language. The Actual Fluency Podcast with Chris Broholm Rather than focus on a particular language, the Actual Fluency Podcast, hosted by Chris Broholm, looks at..