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5 Tips for Utilizing Social Media

The era of social media is here, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Here is some proof: 92% of companies use platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for recruitment, while 45% of Fortune 500 firms include links to social media on their career page sections.

LinkedIn leads the way and is favored by 93% of companies; Facebook comes in second, favored by 66% of companies; and finally Twitter, favored by 54 %. With this information, it’s safe to say that social recruitment is working in today’s job market.

So what is your social media footprint? Here are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to job searching and your presence on social media.

Let people know you’re looking.

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This Is The Medtech Advantage

You’ve decided you want to go back to school or that you want to advance your career. You’re excited, motivated, determined, and you’re looking forward to what’s ahead. Next steps: Pick a school, enroll and begin building your future. Sounds simple enough, right?

Not so fast. Picking a school is a big deal, and you want to make sure you make an educated decision and know exactly what kind of support you are getting. With dozens of online and on-campus colleges available, you want to choose a school that is 100% invested in your future and will help you enter and thrive in the job market throughout your career.

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Hispanic Influence on the Medical Industry

As we prepare to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, listed below are some of the notable contributions Hispanics have made to the medical industry.

Carlos Juan Finlay

Hispanic-Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in the research of yellow fever.

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz

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Nine Reasons to Get Back in the Classroom

Are you thinking about going back to school? Continuing your education can change your life and help you prepare for a brighter future. It’s never too late. Here are nine reasons that can help confirm going back to school is the right decision.  

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Heartbeat Disorders: Know the Warning Signs

Ever feel like your heart is racing? Or like it just skipped a beat? Sometimes these can be signs of a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Here are some warning signs to look for in your own heartbeat.

What is an arrhythmia?

A heart rhythm disorder, also called an arrhythmia (or dysrhythmia), occurs when an abnormal heart function causes the heart to beat faster or slower than usual, skip a beat, or beat irregularly. How problematic can arrhythmia can be to a patient depends on the type of abnormality itself.

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Heart Attack Prevention Tips

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Here are the top four lifestyle changes suggested to help prevent a heart attack in women and men:

Avoid tobacco
Although it is now common knowledge, it should be reiterated that smoking is very harmful. Not only does it increase your chance of developing lung cancer, but it will also cause serious damage to your heart. When you smoke a cigarette, you inhale carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. Thus, you are preventing your heart from getting the one thing it needs to function properly. According to the CDC, about 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking.

Exercise regularly

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Enough About the Politics: What Does Obamacare Mean for You?

Ever since November 2009, one piece of legislation has dominated almost every conversation about healthcare in America: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As members of the medical community, however, it is crucial that we understand not only the basics of the new law, but also what the new law means for nurses and others in healthcare support occupations.

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, Obamacare represents the largest change in the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Here are some Obamacare facts that you need to know:

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Benefits of Two-Year Associate Degree Programs

For many, a two-year Associate degree program offers advantages over a traditional four-year program.  Choosing the right college is vital to help avoid the debt (and difficulties repaying it) that so many students experience. With a national student debt topping $1 trillion dollars, more students are now considering an Associate degree to save money and avoid large student loans.

Here are some benefits of earning a two-year degree:

1. Eliminates unnecessary classes
A two-year program can eliminate coursework that is unrelated to the degree the student hopes to earn.   

2. Focuses on job skills

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Overcoming the Fear of Shots

Nobody likes shots, but we all have to get them. It’s not uncommon to be afraid of shots either. Here are some tips to help you or someone you know conquer the fear of the needle.

What to do on the day of the shot

Keep a positive attitude.Thinking about the needle will only stress you out. Instead, try reminding yourself about the long-term health benefits that greatly outweigh the momentary discomfort of the shot.

Tell your doctor if you’re anxious.Letting your doctor know about any fear or anxiety you might have will allow him or her to walk you through the process. The doctor can help keep you relaxed and put things in perspective.

Consider applying an anesthetic.If you’re afraid of the pain from the needle, ask your doctor about using an aesthetic beforehand to help numb the area of the shot and dull the pain.

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