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Question by Duy: Questions for Medical Professions!?
I need to interview a person who’s in the medical field who’s licensed, but I don’t know how can my professor expect me find someone by the next day! Please help me answer these questions! It’s like an interview!
1. What is your background?
a. College Education?
b. Medical (Nursing, Pharmacy, etc.) Education?
c. Advanced Training?
d. Professional Experience?
g. Professional Societies
2. How do you keep current?
a. Read Journals? Which ones?
b. On-Line Modules? What sites?
c. Workshops? Where and when?
3. What type of patient do you primarily serve?
4. How do you market their practice?
5. How do you document their findings; e.g., written, typed, dictated, or other?
6. How important is medical terminology in your practice?
a. What are your most common medical terms (diagnoses, treatments, etc.)?
b. any study aids or advise on how best to learn medical terminology?
Answer by mildred f
Patient documentation is done through a combination of paper and electronic media. Electronic documentation is becoming more important, but has some disadvantages. For example, medicines that must be given at 0900 can only be given in a certain small time frame to be considered on time. If your patient has a serious emergency, there is no one to replace you doing these routine things. The staffing is remarkably tight. You are indeed monitored for this everyday. It will count against you. And you won’t remember the context at all.
There is indeed medical terminology going on constantly. There are no certain terms that are used. All terms should be understood easily. It is your job to explain these things to non-nurses in a way that works for them.
Medical terminology courses are somewhat helpful. What is more helpful is sitting at your studies with a medical dictionary as you read, so you can understand context.
Not sure what you mean about “market their practice.” Almost without exception, you are too low on the marketing scheme of things to even do this at all. When you do see that your employer has done some large scale marketing, look for the “required” assortment of staff in the photo: black, male, Hispanic, Asian, and maybe even a white woman. (They would get disabled in if they could.) If you are working for an employer, as everyone must, you don’t even consider doing this. You are not a brand, but there for the individual patient. Some Boards of Nursing may prohibit advertising, in fact, most do. Unprofessional.
My state, Texas, even regulated the length of a nurse’s fingernails. No nail polish other than clear or absent. no longer than 1/4 inch long. After you have gone to school, you will see the wisdom of not having rings or nail polish. By 0800, you might have already cleaned your hands a dozen times. If you have painted and decorated nails, you can and will be fired for this. Doesn’t matter if you are management and don’t see patients daily. Dress codes are enforced with a written counseling form.
Continuing Education is required of all nurses. My state requires 20 hours per two year period. If you have an advanced practice or a special credential, then you will do more to keep your credential. You pay for this, and you pay for your license, and for the required dress code clothing. You can take if off your taxes.
Online CEU is unnecessary if you keep up with his. Online is only required when you are desperate. Boards of Nursing do audits, so you never know when it will happen. A 6 hour CEU Seminar will run $ 179 and is a fast way to do this. Hate to do the tiny ones where I just have to keep doing it over and over. I have done the journal–CEU’s to fill in the last of the 20 hour requirement.
Credentials that are specialized don’t often see their way into a basic position. So, a supervisor, might have a Master’s degree. But then you are middle management, and that’s where the budget is cut first. So be prepared to move around the country.
Minor in Zoology, major in Nursing. 4 year degree, B.S.N., at The University of Texas at Austin. Also a diploma in Nursing. Having advanced credentials poses a problem for staying employed. You do want a steady check, so be careful what you wish for.
Board member, District 5 Texas Nursing Association Sigma Theta Tau, an international organization equivalent to a Phi Beta Kappa. Research study: “Why Texas Nurses Leave Nursing” Wandelt a study group member for these identified problems. Published in the late 1970’s.
Staying current: 1-3 journals every month. One right now. Invariably are too simplistic.
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