Benefits of Professional Online Healthcare

There are so many people suffering from different kinds of ailments, some are blessed to have people taking care of them while others are not that blessed and have to care for themselves. Every person across the globe usually refers to the websites and blogs for getting information and remedies of the basic health care.

Millions of people use the internet, to get answers to their queries. It has been noted that each and every day millions of million visit Google and Yahoo in search of information. Most of the times, people go ahead and make it a practice to read the “daily tips”, which are updated on a daily basis on various websites. Most of these sites offer tips of healthcare for treating specific types of ailments in people. These sites not only mention the details of what “TO DO” they also make sure they give a complete list of what “NOT TO DO”.

There are many professional healthcare sites which offer the visitors a change to subscribe for their newsletters online. The benefit of subscribing to the newsletters of these informative websites, is that people get the relevant information delivered to their inbox and can be sure of receiving updating information on a regular basis.

There are various topics for which you can subscribe newsletters ranging for emergency health care to heart ailments and what to do to prevent a stroke etc. We all may think that only people, who do not belong to the medical professionals’ community, subscribe for such professional healthcare webpages’ newsletters; however this is not true most of the healthcare professional subscribe to many professional healthcare sites because they wish to keep themselves updated with the latest things going in the field of medicine.

The general people who are from a non medical background can use the information available in these websites to lead happy and healthy lives by following the pointers that are listed in these sites.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind while searching for information and also following the advice listed in these professional healthcare sites. First always remember that not all the sites which call themselves “professional healthcare sites” are actually authentic. It is a common notion that only people suffering from some ailment subscribe for the healthcare newsletters but this is not true. So many people these days have become conscious about their fitness level and have begun to focus on the right diet and the methods of living a balances life style and one of the best ways to find information about these topics is to visit these websites and also enroll yourself for the newsletters and other updates that are sent by these websites on a regular basis.

Just ensure that you know the limits of which pointers to follow and what to check with the doctor before following. We should be glad that we don’t have to run to the doctors for every small cut or bruise that we have, we can now refer to these professional healthcare sites and get some quick remedies and can cut down our trips to the doctors.

Medical Transcription

Make the transcriptionist more efficient by improving dictation practices. Most health professionals may not be aware that a few small changes in their dictation method could improve accuracy of transcripts enormously.

As a healthcare professional life is all about juggling time schedules and getting maximum done in minimum time. Proof reading the returned transcripts is one task healthcare professionals wish they could avoid. By following a few simple tips given below they can avoid it! It is actually very simple and will not take any extra time.

All that needs to be done is a little preparation and organization so that they can dictate better and improve the quality of transcripts returned to them. Here are some simple tips to improve the quality of dictation thereby the quality of returned transcripts:

  • Allot some time every day for dictation: Dictating notes of patient visits is a very important task, time needs to be scheduled for this so that these can be completed on time without any backlogs
  • Collect all papers before starting: Now that time has been allotted to do this task, it is also important that all relevant papers/documents are available easily for any reference
  • Know the recording equipment: Familiarity with how the equipment works will make the process speedy. Taking time to familiarize themselves with the equipment to be used can help the healthcare professional to dictate better
  • Choose a quiet place: It is important that the quality of the healthcare professional’s recording is not distorted by any unnecessary noises. A place with least or no amount of noise would be preferable
  • Pause before starting and ending dictation: A few seconds pause before starting and ending your dictation can prevent the words from sounding clipped
  • Make sure there are no distractions: The time allotted by the healthcare professional for dictation should be without any outside distractions as this would distort the dictation quality and increase the time spent on it
  • Be natural: Being self-conscious while dictating will make the dictation process awkward and the words will come out garbled and unclear. Take a deep breath, relax and then start dictating
  • Develop a rhythm that is neither slow nor too fast: While dictating following a rhythm that is not too slow, will stop the transcriptionists’ mind from wandering, and not going too fast will help decrease errors in the transcript. Maintaining a clear and steady pace is advised
  • Press the pause button while taking breaks: Pressing the pause button while taking breaks will prevent the transcriptionist from hearing long blanks in the dictation
  • Make sure to spell out difficult names etc: Spelling out difficult and unique names and terms will improve the accuracy and quality of transcription
  • Try not to eat or drink while dictating: Eating or drinking during dictation will distort the quality of sound and the words will be garbled, making transcription slow, difficult and inaccurate
  • Enunciate words clearly: Difficult medical terminology, procedures, names of drugs needs to be enunciated clearly for accuracy. Sometimes spelling them out also helps
  • Rewind and listen: Rewinding and listening to the dictation will clarify the areas in which improvements are needed. It will also give the healthcare professional an idea of what the transcriptionist goes through while transcribing the dictation
  • Use mike properly: Knowing the equipment and using the mike at the optimum distance specified in the equipment manual will improve quality of dictation and eliminate voice distortion
  • Indicate the start and end of the dictation: Indicating the start and end of the report can make transcription easier.
  • Specify required format at the beginning of the dictation: Any specific formatting required by the healthcare professional should be indicated at the beginning of the dictation to enable the medical transcriptionist to make note of it and act on it
  • Include punctuation: Specifying punctuation while dictating can make the work of the transcriptionist easier and there is less scope for guesswork on their part
  • Standardize dictation terms: Standardize certain reports that are needed to be transcribed and informing the transcriptionist at the beginning can help the transcriptionist use standard terms as required by the healthcare professional

Following these simple dictation tips can help healthcare professionals get better service with accurate and timely transcripts at a fair price

Three Tips to Move Your Healthcare

Introduction

The organizational culture in a healthcare organization can lead to turf battles. Hospitals have separate departments with different perspectives and limited resources. The separate mission and perspective of a department can lead to isolation and result in a lack of communication across the hospital sections. This lack of collaboration can effect patient safety and patient care issues. However, there are ways to minimize the turf battles.

Tip #1 Develop Common Ground

First, get the different healthcare teams together and determine the common ground. For example, quality patient care and patient safety can be common ground. Individuals want to do a good job but may only see one way of accomplishing a task. Individuals may not have had the experience of allowing others from different departments to help them. Their workload could be decreased with the help of others. In fact, is there a belief that asking for help is a weakness? That belief is often present in the healthcare environment. Physician leaders will need to address that belief to foster teamwork and collaboration in a safe environment.

Tip #2 Do Not Dismiss Individual Concerns

Allow an open environment in which the concerns of the healthcare team members can be voiced. Ask questions and be curious. Discuss issues openly and see if the team can come up with a solution that is a win-win for all sides. Discuss the ‘elephant’ in the room. Often the ‘elephant’ in the room needs to be resolved before the team can move forward.

Tip #3 Use a Facilitator

Often an outside facilitator can help a group discuss controversial issues since the facilitator is a neutral party. The facilitator can ensure that no one individual or group monopolizes the conversation. The facilitator is able to observe the team dynamics and use a variety of techniques to move the conversation forward.

However, moving a healthcare team to consensus and towards a win-win solution takes time and patience. There is no magic bullet. The different perspectives must be heard and understood. The healthcare leader or physician executive sets the tone for a respectful and collaborative environment. The leader sets a direction, the reason for the direction, and possible outcomes. There is often more than one way to get to the outcome. The healthcare team through brainstorming, critical thinking and collaboration can often come up with a better solution than the thinking of one individual. The healthcare or physician leader sets the tone for an open environment and the value of collaboration and teamwork.

Nursing Resume Tips

The healthcare industry is booming right now and it’s expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades. According to government sources, healthcare spending in the U.S. is projected to grow to $4.1 trillion within the next six years and will account for over 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GPD). A fortunate side-effect of this projection is that the medical industry will also create over $3 million new jobs by 2020, so it’s certainly a good time to consider a career as a nurse, medical assistant, or other healthcare professional.

The downside to those statistics is that they are readily accessible. Lots of people are jumping on the bandwagon. And niche healthcare universities are popping up everywhere, making it much easier for the average Joe or Jane to acquire a degree. In the past few years, it has become possible to obtain medical degrees and nursing certifications from accredited online academies and this type of education, in conjunction with clinical internships and preceptorships, has become a popular method of pursuing a career in the field.

So, what we’re left with is a growing medical industry with a growing number of employees in the field, all of them with similar educational backgrounds. And if you are one of the many job seekers trying to find a job, you need to find a way to make yourself stand out amongst the pack. Simply put, you need a good resume.

Jobs in healthcare will require you to have a certain background, but they will also require you to be a certain kind of person. Not only must your resume accurately convey your professional potential, it must also reflect your ability to empathize with patients, families, and clinical colleagues. It has to show that you are committed and passionate about quality care and general health education.

Nurses make up the largest percentage of all healthcare workers, thus there is a bit more competition out there. Currently there are over 3 million Registered Nurses (RNs) in the U.S. alone and that’s not including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and various other specialized nursing professionals.

Nursing resumes tips are everywhere if you do some searching online, but after reading many of those articles I decided to write my own. I found that the majority of these articles were fairly generic and didn’t offer any real insight into the mind of employer. Over the years I have worked with countless hiring managers as a recruiter and have wrote resumes professionally for an online medical university, so I believe I have some valuable information to share with nursing job seeker.

Here are 5 medical resume tips for both entry-level and professional nurses:

Entry-Level Nursing Resume Tips

1) I would suggest laying your resume out from top to bottom as follows: Intro, Education, Internships, Professional Experience, Summary of Qualifications. This is a very logical layout for an entry-level nursing resume. The intro should be a short paragraph or objective statement that briefly summarizes your background. Then you go straight into education because this is what hiring managers are concerned with first and foremost when dealing with entry-level candidates. Next you talk in detail about your internships and then about your professional experience, which you only need to go into detail about if it’s relevant. For instance, if you were a cashier you may want to list it, but you don’t need to go into the specifics of your responsibilities since they aren’t really relevant. Lastly, include a summary section with bullet points outlining your experience. They can be very specific skills or they can be more generalized, like “Able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and clinical colleagues”. I find this to be a strong way to conclude the resume.

2) If you are an entry-level job seeker, you need to place a lot of focus on your education and training. At the very least, include information on the school or program you attended, the years you attended, and the degree you obtained. You can even go one step further and list the courses you took while pursuing your degree or certification. This will show employers that you completed the necessary curriculum and will also help add some strategic keywords within the context of your resume.

3) Go into detail about your required internships or preceptorships. You should include information regarding the clinical facility you worked in, the dates you worked there, and your daily responsibilities in the position. Don’t be afraid to make this the most detailed part of your entry-level resume, especially since your don’t have much professional experience in the field to draw from. Talk in detail about the nursing professionals you worked with and the level of patient interactions you had. If you utilized specialized medical equipment, it’s a good time to bring that up as well.

4) You don’t need to include references in your entry-level nursing resume. If a company, hospital, or hiring manager wants to see references from you they will ask. Typically, reference checks are made later in the hiring process, after a series of interviews, and they will let you know if/when you need to submit a list of references.

5) Don’t overdo it. Too many people have a tendency to write a 3 page novel and pass it off as a resume, which is definitely a no-no for an entry-level candidate. The best advice I can give you is keep it short, keep it succinct, and keep it real. After all, you don’t want to intimidate a hiring manager by giving them Tolstoy to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call you for an interview and THAT’s when you really sell yourself.

Professional Nursing Resume Tips

1) If you are an established professional your resume will look a bit different than someone applying for an entry-level nursing position. First off, I would recommend including a “Summary of Qualifications” or “Areas of Expertise” section at the very top. I suggest a short introduction or objective statement, and then lead to some bulleted points that highlight your most impressive accomplishments in the industry. This is a great opportunity to cram in some strategic keywords that will help you be noticed in HR software applications. You can use keywords that are found in the job description for the job you plan to apply for, or use more generalized terms like “Medical Terminology”, “Patient Relations”, etc.

2) Do not go into too much detail about your education, especially if it’s a bit outdated. You should include ALL of your education and training, but you really don’t need to go into detail unless it is very relevant and recent. If you just took a specialized course in phlebotomy, by all means mention that as one of your strengths. But the main focus should be on your clinical and practical experience in the field because that’s what employers really want to see.

3) Make sure you mention your level of interaction with patients. Most nursing are very patient-oriented so it’s important for you to include information regarding the types of patients you’ve worked with in various clinical settings.

4) You don’t need to include references in your professional nursing resume. If a company, hospital, or hiring manager wants to see references from you they will ask. Typically, reference checks are made later in the hiring process, after a series of interviews, and they will let you know if/when you need to submit a list of reference.

5) Don’t overdo it. Too many people have a tendency to write a 3 page novel and pass it off as a resume. The best advice I can give you is keep it short, keep it succinct, and keep it real. After all, you don’t want to intimidate a hiring manager by giving them Tolstoy to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call you for an interview and THAT’s when you really sell yourself.