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Faculty Spotlight: Susan Dewar

In honor of Heart Health Month, February’s faculty spotlight is on Northwestern College Associate Professor of Nursing Susan Dewar, MSN, RN, MA, CNE. Susan has been working at Northwestern College for one year and has about 10 years of experience in higher education overall. She brings incredible knowledge to Northwestern College students through her nursing […]

Top 10 interview questions for nurses

There is no doubt that a career in nursing is a rewarding one. Nurses have a vital role in the treatment and recovery of patients and they can make all the difference in the patient’s life, giving them the best care and making them comfortable when facing a hard moment. If a career in nursing […]

Responsibilities of nurses working with babies

Many nurses enter the field with a goal of working with babies. Some have a preference to work in the maternity unit (labor and delivery), in pediatrics or to specifically work as a neonatal nurse. Working in the maternity unit requires nurses to work with both the mothers and the infants, usually providing care leading […]

Get to know more about careers in nursing

Nurses play an important part in keeping our health care system running smoothly. They are filled with passion, empathy, and compassion. And, on top of that, they are skilled professionals, prepared to face challenges and work through adversities. It’s quite safe to say that if it weren’t for them, we would probably be lost. If […]

Transitions in Health Information Management (HIM)

Health Information Management (HIM) has been a recognized healthcare profession for more than 90 years. During most of that time, the business of HIM was conducted in a paper-based environment. The patient’s medical record was composed of paper forms created by all parts of the hospital. The documents were collated, indexed, and filed in a […]

What is the Affordable Care Act, and how does it affect me?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a 2,800 plus page federal law that fundamentally changes the way payers (insurance companies) can structure their policies and provides new ways to help U.S. citizens pay for healthcare insurance. According to Casale, et al. (2011), about two-thirds of Americans currently have health insurance, with the […]

When massage can help and when it’s not advised

Massage has been around for thousands of years, and it is continuing to evolve. New research is now proving the effectiveness of massage for numerous conditions and demographics. There are some conditions though for which massage may not be beneficial. When going to get a massage, make sure you discuss your health conditions with the […]

Top Five Job Skills in HIT

Northwestern College is a career college. That means we focus on knowledge and skills to help you achieve your future career goals. The top five skills that healthcare employers are looking for in health information technology (HIT) are listed below. We focus on all five of these areas in the HIT curriculum. The skills you […]

Vaccines Recommended for Healthcare Personnel

Healthcare personnel (HCP) may be at risk for exposure to serious diseases. If you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should receive the appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread diseases. Make sure you are up-to-date with the following recommended vaccines so you will not only protect […]

Program Snapshot: Massage Therapy

Massage therapists bring stress relief and muscular healing to clients with just a touch. The demand for massage therapists continues to grow, not only for relaxation, but for physical therapy, rehabilitation, pain management, etc. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that employment for massage therapists will increase 20% faster than the average […]

Are tattoos acceptable in the medical field?

Like Edwin Rolfe said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. You should not judge a person by their appearance, but most patients in the medical office will. Unfortunately the older patients’ who are not familiar with the latest in trends like tattoos and piercings will be judgmental. They might even question your competence — […]

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