How to Become a Medical Technologist

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Medical technologist using medical equipment to test blood.

A medical technologist, also known as a medical laboratory scientist, med tech or lab tech, usually works in the laboratory of a hospital or in an independent laboratory that services hospitals or medical offices. Although medical technologists perform their work behind the scenes and rarely come in contact with patients or physicians, their work plays a vital role in diagnosis and treatment of diseases and provides answers to life or death questions practically every day.

If you’ve ever considered pursuing a career as a medical technologist, it’s important to learn what the work is like and the steps you must take to get started in this field.

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Is Respiratory Therapy a Good Career?

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Is Respiratory Therapy a Good Career?

Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in respiratory therapy? Like other allied health careers, becoming a registered respiratory therapist can make you an in-demand health professional. 

If you’re considering a career in respiratory therapy, take time to learn as much as you can about the job to determine whether it’s a good fit for you. Here are the answers to four common questions to help you get started.

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What You Need to Know About Becoming an MRI Technologist

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mri techniciansMRI technologists are an important part of the diagnostic process in many areas of healthcare. This is such a relevant field that can make a difference in the health and quality of life for many people. Using magnetic resonance imaging to create 3D images of a patient’s body takes quite a bit of skill, as well as special education and training. Certification and experience are not the only pieces of the puzzle when becoming an MRI technician. Those who are successful also must possess a particular set of traits and qualities that help them to do their job effectively. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Becoming an MRI Technologist”

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Top-Paying Healthcare Jobs that Don’t Require Med School

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Soliant-top-jobs-no-med-schoolAccording to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median four-year cost to attend med school is close to a quarter of a million dollars.

And while a growing doctor shortage is keeping med school attractive despite the high cost and long years of training, there are many healthcare jobs that approach some physician salaries, without the extra years (and debt) associated with becoming a doctor.

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Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics

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Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics

The American Nurses Association created a Code of Ethics that can be summed up in a few points:

  • Compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every patient.
  • Primary commitment is to the patient.
  • Advocacy to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
  • Responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice to provide optimum patient care.
  • Maintenance of personal integrity, safety, competence, and professional growth.
  • Establishment, maintenance, and improvement of healthcare environments and conditions of employment in order to provide quality care.
  • Advancement of the profession through various contributions.
  • Collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
  • Responsibility for articulating nursing values and maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice Continue reading “Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics”
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The Changing Careerscape for Nurses: Where are the Jobs?

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The Changing Careerscape for Nurses: Where are the Jobs?

With the economy in jeopardy and jobs becoming scarce, nursing has consistently come out on top as a recession-proof job. The prevailing wisdom is that there’s always a need, the U.S. has a chronic nursing shortage, nursing can’t be outsourced…and there are 80 million baby boomers retiring, which means nurses retiring and an aging population that needs more care. And then there’s the Affordable Health Care Act to factor in. We should be swimming in nursing opportunities, right? Yet many new grads are finding jobs more difficult to find than anticipated, so what’s going on here? Continue reading “The Changing Careerscape for Nurses: Where are the Jobs?”

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