In the 20-plus years Gladys Nieves has worked as a dental assistant, she has witnessed the evolution of the dental industry. She has seen it go from the “dinosaur” era of paper records and unsterilized equipment to the digital record keeping and stiff regulations of today’s world. Nieves, an assistant professor and dental assistant instructor at Northwestern College, has done it all – which is a real bonus for her students.
Christopher Wheat had originally planned on becoming a physician when he entered the University of Chicago as an undergraduate. Fortunately for Northwestern College, he changed his plans. The multi-degreed, multi-awarded Wheat is now Program Director of the college’s new Health Information Management program. How he went from there to here is a fascinating story.
Although physicians are not required to swear the original Hippocratic Oath, written in 500 BCE and detailing a moral code of contact, they do vow similar sentiments. The modern version essentially states to “do no harm” and also consider patients’ social and financial well-being when treating them. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous physicians out there who abuse their position for personal financial gains. In Illinois, the lax medical regulations have made it possible for even disgraced doctors to line their pockets at the expense of their patients.
When a person has periodontitis, advanced periodontal (gum) disease, the mouth is like a battlefield. Millions of bacteria are fighting their way in, taking shelter in the soft tissues of the gums. Then, they fire their nasty, infectious strains through the blood stream. Initial losses include teeth, which may fall out. Unexpected victims, however, may be the arteries and, ultimately, the heart.
Although there has been no definitive proof that gum disease causes heart disease, the links between the two are becoming stronger. If you have periodontal disease, it could be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease, the #1 killer of Americans. In fact, one out of four people in the U.S. dies of heart disease every year – a staggering 610,000 people. Isn’t that reason enough to heed all possible warnings?
The rise of health information technology (HIT) has transformed the healthcare industry, benefiting both providers and patients. Not only does it improve patient care, but it also aids communication, reduces costs and increases efficiency, and improves patient outcomes and involvement with their own care.
Most people who have gone to college and received their degrees say “goodbye” to the hallowed halls forever. Griselda Calderon, senior admissions coordinator in nursing at Northwestern College, is an exception.
Calderon was an adult student who didn’t return to college until she was 30. She graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in paralegal studies. “I wasn’t successful at the community colleges because it’s just like you’re in an empty hole. Here, it’s a little more one-on-one,” she says. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University. After accepting a temporary paralegal job, she soon realized it wasn’t what she wanted in a career. “I had to sit back and evaluate what I really wanted.” She turned to her alma mater, where she always felt that she mattered. “I looked online,” she says. “I saw they (Northwestern College) were hiring in admissions, and I’ve been here ever since.”
Raj Patel, 2012 graduate of Northwestern College’s Radiologic Technology Program, spent nearly four years working at a major Chicago hospital. He was well into a successful career when the director of the radiography program called and asked if he would like to teach. “I’d never thought about teaching,” Patel says. “I’d thought about doing something instructional like maybe a C.I., an instructor on-site at the hospital.”
Northwestern College is launching a new Bachelor Program in Business Administration that offers students the opportunity to enroll in one of two tracks – Human Resource Management Specialization Program(HRM specialization) or Logistics & Supply Chain Management (SCM specialization).
Social media can be a powerful tool in your search for employment. Knowing how to use social networks the right way can set you apart from other candidates. To help you out, we’ve laid out a few tips to help you make the most of your professional social media presence. From LinkedIn to Facebook and even Twitter, effective social media use can go a long way toward landing your dream job.
Below are some things you can use to optimize your social media and really put it to work for you during the long grueling process that is looking for a full-time job.
Business. It is everywhere. Some may even argue that it makes the world go ’round. In many ways it does, because businesses create the jobs and economic stimulation we depend on for our existence in our civilized society. With this in mind, an education in business administration can be a very valuable asset in the current job market.
The number of jobs in business and financial operations is on the rise and will continue to be in the coming years. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for such occupations is expected to increase by 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. The BLS cites the increased emphasis on consumer data and market research as a factor in the growth, in addition to the growth of the economy and globalization.