Scholastic Spotlight: The Clinical Externship Defined

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So, what exactly is an externship? Well, a clinical externship is an unpaid learning opportunity for students in schools of nursing, nurse aide (CNA) training programs, medical assisting training programs and other types of allied healthcare courses to facilitate full immersion in acquisition of hands-on practical skills in a particular sphere of interest.

Essentially, the clinical externship is the educational phase of most health science training programs that enables pupils to shadow more experienced allied healthcare professionals in the specific career pathway that the student is pursuing. For instance, a nurse aide training program clinical externship would entail students shadowing more experienced nursing assistants as they provide basic patient care duties at a healthcare center.

During the clinical externship, the allied healthcare student works alongside more experienced healthcare workers in a workplace setting in the field or discipline of study. The student provides hands-on care to real clients under the supervision of a clinical instructor and is being evaluated. The student jumps in and assists clients with their patient care needs in a hands-on manner.

What can allied healthcare students look forward to during their clinical externship phase? It can really differ depending on the type of training program. Each externship has its similarities and differences; however, a few commonalities do exist. The following list contains some potentially useful pearls of wisdom regarding clinical externships to assist in easing the fear of the unknown.

  • The student’s clinical externship setting will depend on the training program he or she is enrolled in. For example, a medical assisting trainee might be assigned to a clinic or doctors office, whereas a nurse aide student will most likely be assigned to a skilled nursing facility.
  • To make the most of the externship phase and maximize the learning experience, students should ask questions, be helpful, and offer to provide assistance to the allied healthcare professionals at the clinical site. This is the student’s chance to shine and build a solid reputation in his or her future profession.
  • Students should always be ready to adhere to the predetermined rules of the clinical site. These rules might include standard workplace fare such as dress codes, business hours, social media policies, meal breaks, standards for professional conduct, chains of command, and so forth.
  • The clinical externship provides an amazing chance to learn new skills as well as develop both professionally and personally. Adopt the viewpoint that constructive criticism can bestow golden opportunities for improvement upon the student. Keep in mind that the clinical instructor most likely has a vast amount of enriching experience as a foundation to teach.
  • Clinical externships usually last anywhere from few days to several weeks depending on the training program. In addition, the school selects the clinical site location due to pre-existing contracts with healthcare facilities in the local community.
  • Students are usually graded and/or evaluated on their overall performance at the clinical externship. It is the student’s opportunity to thrive and absorb mountains of new information in a practical manner. In other words, the clinical externship is full of opportunities that should not go to waste.
  • As a general rule of thumb, allied healthcare students who are attending a clinical externship will not be paid for their time because it is a requirement for completion of the training program. Clinical externship time should be seen as schooling, not employment.

A clinical externship is a very important aspect of healthcare occupational training programs that students experience in order to graduate and move on to thriving careers in the medical field. A clinical externship permits students to put skills to use that are imperative for securing gainful employment in the healthcare field.

Call Legacy Healthcare Careers at (682)626-5266 to obtain a rewarding healthcare career. The training programs at Legacy Healthcare Careers all involve clinical externships at local healthcare centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

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Partial Tuition Scholarship Money to Help Pay For CNA Classes

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The following news is specifically directed toward any prospective students in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of Texas who would like to receive some monetary assistance by way of a partial tuition scholarship to cover the costs of attending CNA (certified nursing assistant) classes. The Health Occupations Scholarship Award helps prospective pupils to attend a CNA training program by partially covering some of the expenses.

For certain students, the Health Occupations Scholarship Award could provide helpful financial assistance that they should surely look up further. Offered by Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School in the Mid Cities region of DFW, this particular scholarship award can be granted to people who are planning to attend a healthcare training program at this Dallas/Fort Worth area institution.

To be eligible, all candidates need to be 18 years of age or older. Ideally, all candidates should have a desire to either join the medical field or healthcare industry, or at least have plans to further their careers in a healthcare vocation. All winners of the Health Occupations Scholarship Award will receive one partial tuition scholarship that also covers the costs of needed books, fees and other pertinent scholastic supplies.

The Health Occupations Scholarship Award has been specifically designated for students who have intentions to enroll in nursing assistant training courses or another type of healthcare occupational training program at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School. Scholarship applicants are allowed to enroll in healthcare training coursework at Legacy Healthcare Careers on either a full time or part time status.

Students who are potentially eligible for the scholarship award must also exhibit or express their dedication to the medical field and/or healthcare industry by submitting a short essay as part of their application package. Students must have a strong work ethic, prove a verifiable work history, and sign an enrollment agreement in person to attend healthcare training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers.

Completion of an application for the Health Occupations Scholarship Award is a somewhat simple process to follow. To apply for the scholarship award, visit the Legacy Healthcare Careers official school website (www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com) and continue to scroll down several pages in order find the correct icon to click to submit a scholarship application.

Potential students are also able to gain immediate access to the application form for the scholarship application if they click on the following link that appears below. Students can also feel free to simply copy and paste the following link into any web browser of their choice to retrieve and access the scholarship application form:

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4595340/scholarship-application

The Health Occupations Scholarship awards are issued in the amounts of $250, $100 and $50. Moreover, three (3) scholarship awards are to be issued to winning students on a monthly basis. The scholarship application requires candidates to prepare a short essay of approximately three to seven sentences that provides one or more good reasons for wanting to join the ranks of the healthcare industry or medical field.

It is mandatory that prospective pupils who submit an application package for a scholarship award follow up with a face to face meeting with the Legacy Healthcare Careers director of education or program administrator for a school tour. Only students and prospective students who sign enrollment agreements with Legacy Healthcare Careers will receive one of the partial tuition scholarship awards.

Each scholarship award winner will be chosen on the overall strength of the application package including several factors. These factors include quality, perceived authenticity of the prospective pupil’s essay submission, and the required follow-up visit with a school official at Legacy Healthcare Careers. Scholarship winners will be made aware of their award via telephone calls or face to face during a tour with the director of education.

It must be repeated that the Health Occupations Scholarship Award is only being made available to individuals who sign an enrollment agreement to go to nurse aide training classes or one of the health occupational training programs offered at Legacy Healthcare Careers. Place a call to the school’s 24-hour enrollment hotline number at (682)313-6404 if there are any other questions, concerns, comments or info that need to be addressed.

Do you have the desire to change your life? Wouldn’t you prefer a career instead of just a job? Have you been thinking about acquiring a fulfilling career in the healthcare field? Do you really have what it takes to follow through and make the changes in your life to obtain the new career that you want?

Well, a position as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a wondrous way to get one’s foot into the exciting doors of the medical field. Legacy Healthcare Careers is a local school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas that offers several quick, quality CNA programs. Call us at (682)626-5266 or place a call to our 24-hour hotline at (682)313-6404 if more information is needed.

CNA School Open Enrollment Event: February 12, 2019

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The time has come to welcome prospective nurse aide students to Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School’s Open House /Open Enrollment event located at 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills, Texas 76180. Food will be provided on a first come /first serve basis. This event takes place on Tuesday February 12, 2019 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

The staff of Legacy Healthcare Careers will be offering helpful information on healthcare careers, immediate assistance with enrollment in nurse aide training classes on the spot, and tours of the school. Please bring a photo ID, social security card, and a $200 down payment to enroll.

The next CNA classes at this Fort Worth area school will be starting on Monday February 18, 2019 as well as Monday February 25, 2019. Legacy Healthcare Careers offers an affordable 7-day (1-week) CNA program. In addition, the school offers a 2-week CNA program and a 3-week CNA program.

Please RSVP via e-mail to Legacy Healthcare Careers at LegacyHealthcareCareers@ Yahoo.com by Tuesday February 12 to indicate whether you can attend, or feel free to telephone the school’s 24-hour enrollment hotline at (682)313-6404 to confirm your attendance at this open house event.

The staff of Legacy Healthcare Careers hopes to see you at this special open enrollment event. The school owes its success to people like you, so please graciously accept our sincere gratitude for your support. A career in the healthcare industry can be fulfilling and transforming. In addition, a healthcare career can boost your value in the local employment value, so jump-start your legacy today.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Thirteen): Resources to Help Prepare for the CNA State Test

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The National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), also known as the CNA state test, must be passed by any nurse aide who wants to attain state certification as a CNA. In addition, nurse aides who plan to pass the CNA state test on the very first attempt would be wise to utilize all of the resources they can possibly get their hands on. It also helps that many of the existing resources are completely free!

Fortunately, there are numerous resources out there to help students conquer the state test successfully. Preparation is the key, so the following resources will prove useful only if the student uses them and does not wait until the last minute to cram them in and study during the final hour. In fact, studying for the CNA state test should really be an ongoing process in which small amounts of material are covered each day.

Even though a mountain of testing information exists throughout the deepest crevices of the world wide web, a few of the resources might be terribly outdated or not all that informative. Therefore, a list of more relevant resources have been compiled and listed below to help nurse aide students prepare for the CNA state test. Take a deep breath, relax, prepare, and enjoy your future nursing assistant career!

  • Other Schools’ CNA Program Websites: Many CNA programs publish their lecture notes, study guides, PowerPoint presentations, online lessons and other learning materials for free. Click here to get to a series of excellent PowerPoint presentations on CNA lessons from the Kings County Office of Education.
  • Texas Curriculum for Nurse Aides in Long Term Care Facilities: This is the official nurse aide curriculum that has been approved for use by the state of Texas. In fact, the theory and skills contained within this curricula are used to formulate the questions and skills scenarios on the Texas CNA state test. Click here to get to the Texas curriculum.
  • Illinois State Nursing Exam Practice Test: This is a sample CNA state test that is being offered completely online through the Southern Illinois University website. This exam enables the user to select the number of questions; moreover, it automatically checks the submitted answers for correctness. Unlike the real CNA state test, no time limit have been imposed on this practice test.
  • Study Guide Books: There happens to be a myriad of CNA study guides for sale on websites such as Amazon, Ebay and Barnes & Noble that are designed to help test takers prepare for the written portion of the CNA state test. Purchasing one of these study guides might be a wise investment.
  • National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Practice Exam: This practice test contains a number of questions that are extremely similar to ones that will be seen on the written section of the CNA state test. Therefore, it would be a good idea to take this practice exam, review the answers, and study the rationales for all the answers. Click here to get to the NNAAP Practice Exam.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The BLS website, which happens to be updated and maintained by the United States Department of Labor on a regular basis, contains the most up-to-date statistics on the nursing assistant role. The BLS site has info such as routine nurse aide duties, work environment, average pay rates, and projected job outlook. Click here to get to the BLS nursing assistant web page.
  • Your CNA School: Do not forget to utilize the CNA school that you attended because the instructors can serve as knowledgeable resources. A reputable CNA program will be staffed with instructors who want students to succeed, so it is in the best interests of the school’s staff to assist graduates in preparing for the state test.

Scholarships to Attend CNA School: the Health Occupations Scholarship Award

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The following announcement is intended for any persons in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of Texas who are seeking financial help in the form of a partial tuition scholarship to attend a certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program. The Health Occupations Scholarship Award is definitely worth exploring further.

Provided by Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School, this scholarship fund has been made available to prospective students who are pursuing occupational healthcare training at this Dallas/Fort Worth area school. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and should have a desire to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Award winners receive partial-tuition scholarships including books, supplies and fees.

The scholarship awards are specifically for students who plan to enroll in nurse aide or other healthcare occupational training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers. Prospective students may be enrolled in courses on a full time or part time basis. Students should also display dedication to the healthcare field and have a solid work ethic. Students must be or plan to be attending school at Legacy Healthcare Careers.

Submitting an application for scholarship award money is a fairly straightforward process. To apply, visit the school’s website (www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com) and scroll down to submit a scholarship application. In addition, the scholarship application can be accessed directly by clicking or copying and pasting the following link into a web browser: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4595340/scholarship-application

The award amounts are $250, $100 and $50. Three scholarship awards will be granted every month. During the application process, students will be required to write a short one-paragraph essay that contains a detailed explanation on their reasons for entering the healthcare field. Prospective students who apply for a scholarship must also follow up by meeting with the school’s director for a tour of the school.

Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis and quality of the essay submissions. Winners will be notified via phone. This scholarship is only available to prospective students who enroll in one of Legacy Healthcare Careers’ health occupational training programs. Call (682)313-6404 for questions or any additional information.

Are you considering a career in the healthcare industry? Do you have the follow-through and motivation to do it? A career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an amazing point of entry into the healthcare sector. A healthcare career as a CNA provides the ultimate foundation to almost any individual’s future in the health sciences. 

Legacy Healthcare Careers delivers several high quality CNA programs. In addition, the school intends to offer state-approved medication aide training in the spring of 2019 at our Fort Worth Mid-Cities area campus. Call (682)626-5266 or the 24-hour hotline at (682)313-6404 for additional information. This is a golden opportunity. Do not pass it up.

Completely Online CNA Programs: A Word to the Wise

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Let’s address this complicated issue head-on: modern day life is ridiculously busy! Most busy adults are juggling employment, family time, a social life and other aspects of their lives to strike some sort of balance. These time-consuming facets of life do not leave all that much time to attend school full-time, especially in a classroom setting.

After all, who has time to sit in a classroom for several hours per day? After working hard for eight to twelve hours all day long, does any sane person really want to spend the rest of the evening or all weekend long in a classroom setting? Most people would rather be at home where they can wind down, chill out, relax, eat a home-cooked meal or spend a few precious hours with the ones they love the most.

However, many people are unsatisfied with their current jobs. Some people may even hate their jobs with a passion! Therefore, the thought of returning to school to prepare for a career change has often crossed their minds. While these folks may mentally dance with the idea of going back to school, the reality of it often involves giving up multiple evenings or weekends to spend time in a classroom. Again, who really has time for that?

Ah, but there appears to be a solution that can be integrated into peoples’ busy lifestyles: online classes! In addition, many people want to enter the nursing profession due to the potential of steady pay and abundant job opportunities, so they search the internet for online healthcare career programs that can be completed in the comfort of one’s home.

Here is a word to the wise. Regardless of any fancy advertisements you may have seen, you cannot become a nurse completely online. You cannot become a CNA completely online. In fact, no state board of nursing in existence will allow students to become nurses totally online for one very simple reason: no one can truly learn to provide hands-on nursing care to patients without actually touching any patients.

The large number of online nursing degree programs that are advertised on the internet have been designed for people who are already licensed nurses (LPN or RN). These online nursing programs allow licensed nurses to pursue higher education and earn additional nursing degrees from a college or university while keeping their full time jobs.

For instance, an RN with an associates degree can complete an online bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). However, she first had to complete her associates of science degree in nursing (ASN) face to face in a class setting before qualifying for admission to the online BSN program. All state boards of nursing require nursing students to amass a certain number of classroom and clinical practicum hours in order to graduate.

Think about it. Would you want a nurse with no patient care experience whatsoever to take care of you or your loved ones? A nurse whose only schooling was online classes never received hands-on training in patient care. All nurses must complete a clinical practicum externship that entails spending many hours in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare settings where they learn to provide hands-on care to real patients.

It is a similar situation with nursing assistant training. For instance, the state of Texas requires prospective nurse aides to complete a 100-hour CNA program that is comprised of 60 class and return demonstration lab hours as well as 40 clinical externship hours. This clinical externship occurs in a healthcare facility where students deliver hands-on care to patients. This is how nurse aide students learn to become CNAs.

In a nutshell, completely online CNA programs do not exist, at least in the state of Texas where 100 hours of face to face instruction are required. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. The goal of this piece is to help readers and prevent them from being scammed by unscrupulous online businesses that claim to offer online CNA school. If this posting helps just one student out there, it will have been worth it to us.

Do you have the motivation to change your career? The 7-day CNA program at Legacy Healthcare Careers offers state-approved career training to become a nursing assistant in approximately one week. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School now! Classes start soon.

Healthcare Career Spotlight: the Personal Care Assistant

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Personal care assistants, also known as direct care workers, personal care attendants, direct care staff, home care aides, paid caregivers, healthcare assistants, carers, home health or personal care aides, are allied healthcare workers who provide hands-on assistance to clients who are not able to help themselves.

The clients of personal care assistants are often unable to help themselves due to a wide variety of reasons that might include lengthy illness, cognitive or mental impairment, acute injury, physical disability, advanced age, weakness or fragility. Other clients may be rendered unable to care for themselves due to intellectual and developmental disabilities, limited mobility, paralysis, debility or congenital handicaps.

Personal care assistants typically work in the home setting and assist their clients with various activities of daily living, such as showering, bathing, toileting, feeding, grooming, and taking medications. Personal care assistants may also be responsible for other tasks such as meal preparation, light housekeeping duties, and companionship.

In addition to the aforementioned tasks, personal care assistants might also assist their clients in the instrumental activities of daily living that help ensure households run smoothly. These instrumental activities can include the provision or arrangement of transportation, physicians’ appointments, ensuring clients take their medications, and other duties. Personal care assistants often serve as companions to their clients.

Most personal care assistants are employed by home care agencies to report to the homes of clients, while some personal care assistants are hired directly into private duty cases by clients or family members of the client. Likewise, some personal care assistants are employed by personal care group homes, assisted living facilities and independent living complexes where they often report directly or indirectly to a licensed nurse.

The typical personal care assistant tends to work long hours. Their role can be physically demanding on occasion due to lifting requirements and extended periods of time spent in a standing position. Nonetheless, this healthcare career can be very fulfilling due to the profound sense of purpose many workers derive after helping people who cannot help themselves. Providing companionship to clients can be invigorating.

The majority of personal care assistants have earned a minimum of a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED) certificate, but this level of education is not required by all employers. Sometimes the training for the personal care assistant role is done on the job by licensed nurses or other assistants with more experience.

The on-the-job training typically provided to personal care assistants is comprised of safety information, response to common emergency issues, and other duties specific to the home or employer. Additional training topics may include proper body mechanics, self-care techniques, and ways to deal with difficult client behaviors.

A number of states may require personal care assistants to complete more formalized occupational training from an adult education center, vocational school, nurse aide training academy, community college program or other home health entity. Also, certification is mandated for all personal care assistants who work for companies that receive reimbursements and payments from the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

A healthcare career as a personal care assistant opens the doors to wonderful attributes such as steady income and job security. The Baby Boomer generation is aging and becoming elderly; therefore, personal care assistant job openings will increase at a speedy pace in the foreseeable future. Personal care assistant job openings are projected to increase by 69 percent, much faster than the average of all other occupations.