How Do Medical Receptionists Help With Surgery

A medical receptionist is essential in a high functioning healthcare team.  There is reliance of the medical receptionists by doctors, nurses, and other medical/administrative staff members to make a welcoming, well organized and a friendly front office and to enhance facilitate of the flow of the patients through the facility.

The day-by-day rhythm of working as a medical receptionist can be summarized in one word—busy! These professionals customarily carry out their duties from a desk that is prominently located, whereby they can interact with ease with the patients, pharmaceutical reps, staff, vendors etc. They have a responsibility for ensuring an efficient and calm environment for making phone calls, answering questions posted by an outpatient, scheduling of new and follow-up appointments, registration of new patients and updating the records.

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Follow all the rules, All of them!

This seems too obvious to include. But time and time again, students will assume that not all the rules apply to them. They will try to talk, yell, argue and even lie to show that the rules do not apply to them.

I recently had a student lie about attending an advising appointment. One of our requirements for admission is you must have attended an advising appointment. This student had not done that and was up against the deadline date and no advising appointment was available. Her solution: to create a piece of paper that had some classes handwritten on it and show it to the secretary and tell her that an advisor( specific name given) had given it to her at an advising appointment. Continue reading

Exercise to Boost brain power & test results/ even a little exercise!

It is well known that exercise contributes to physical health and this has been clearly established. Studies have shown the relationship between physical activity and cognitive health in older adults but, not much has been done with young people.

Charles Hillman,PhD. from University of Illinois has done research in this area. His research involves the studies of children age 9 to 10. High-fit kids showed greater hippocampal brain volume, which positively affects how well they perform on certain memory tests, and greater basal ganglia volume, which is related to cognitive control functions underlying action. Translation: bigger brain that thinks better.In one of his studies people were found to perform better on difficult memory tests 30 minutes after doing cardio. They are not sure why. It may be due to increased blood flow to the brain and it improves your ability to learn new things. Preliminary data of his research has shown after exercise, more attentional resources are allocated to tasks, cognitive processing speed is increased, and cognitive performance improves. So long term exercise shows brain changes that help cognitively and even one time cardio sessions help brain performance. Continue reading

Follow all the rules online nursing program

This seems too obvious to include. But time and time again, students will assume that not all the rules apply to them. They will try to talk, yell, argue and even lie to show that the rules do not apply to them.

I recently had a student lie about attending an advising appointment. One of our requirements for admission is you must have attended an advising appointment. This student had not done that and was up against the deadline date and no advising appointment was available. Her solution: to create a piece of paper that had some classes handwritten on it and show it to the secretary and tell her that an advisor( specific name given) had given it to her at an advising appointment. Continue reading

Getting 85% of your loans paid for by someone else

We have talked about the importance of not working too much in nursing school and how that can influence your success. So the question is how can I live and afford to go to nursing school? If federal grant money, scholarships, employer money that was talked about earlier is not available then you are in need of loans.

There are a multitude of loans available to you. Nursing as an educational pick qualifies you for many loans. You can afford nursing school with the use of these. Some will have deferred interest and all should have deferred payments until graduation from nursing school. Use these resources vs. credit cards or loan sharks. The interest rate and pay back terms will be manageable. Continue reading

Secret of : BEST study methods to score HIGH on exams

You will need to do well on pre-requisite class exams, admittance exams, nursing exams and the final NCLEX exam to receive your RN license. In order to do well on these exams it is prudent to follow what research says is the best way to study for exams.

What does the research say?

What is the most effective way to study?

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Essay Admittance to Nursing School

You may encounter the need to write an essay for admittance to nursing school. It may be titled: a personal statement, letter of intent or definition of nursing. Schools may use these as criteria for admittance to nursing school. Points may be assigned to the essay. Or it might be a pass or fail type criteria.

My school of nursing uses an essay not so much as criteria to get into the program but, it could be used as reason to keep you out. How so?

There are no points assigned to the essay we have students write. We use them to identify red flags for non-admittance vs. for admittance. Essays that show limited use of the English language are definitely a red flag. The essay needs to make sense. Be structurally sound. It needs to show that you can write in English, be understandable and have some type of flow to it. You would be amazed at some of the essays we have received, the grammar and formatting told us right away that this student will not be successful due to their mastery of the English language, regardless of the B grade they received in English 101. We are shocked when we see that type of disconnect between a passing grade in English and what is written. Continue reading

How to Become a Registered Nurse

 The Secret Back Door to get in:

Let’s talk about the secret back door to becoming a registered nurse. People overlook this option, because they don’t even know it exists.

In nursing you always hear about the registered nurse (RN) and when you read the want ads it is always the registered nurse(RN) that is mentioned  and offered the big salary.

What many of you don’t know: there is another level of nursing called LPN or PN/VN or LVN  licensed practical nurse, practical nurse, vocational nurse, or licensed vocational nurse (different  terms used by different states).  This nurse requires licensure by the state after an exam is taken just like the RN( NCLEX-PN). The time & courses  to complete this program is less than an RN and usually no degree is given by the college (except for North Dakota). The back door has to do with many schools offering this program and not an upfront RN program. Continue reading

What are the Type of Nursing Certifications

Some of them have certifications you can obtain by completing some additional requirements. National professional organizations representing these specialties confer the certification. After completing the requirements and paying the fee you will be awarded the right to wear additional initials after your name and RN initials on your badge. Some nurses start to look a bit over the top when they acquire multiple certifications and insist on putting all of them behind their name on their work name tag. It may require an add on name badge to fit them on. Pick your favorite and the one that represents where you are currently working…..so co-workers will still invite you for lunch and not make fun of you. Continue reading

What are Employers Expectations for a New Grad Nurse

They are looking for a new grad nurse to be competent, proficiency will come! This will happen with time.

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Expectations for competency would include:

  • Be able to use the nursing process: talked about earlier: Assess Diagnosis, Plan, and Evaluate. Can develop a care plan and follow an existing plan.
  • Recognize your own limitations and know your abilities: As a new nurse you will not know all the answers or what to do in all situations, but you are expected to know when to ask for help and to know when you are in over your head and to seek assistance. Best not to fake it here, it is expected for you to ask for help! It may involve your patient’s safety if you don’t.
  • Have enough knowledge to provide safe care and for decision-making. You must know when an emergency or complication is occurring and where to go for help. Continue reading