Helpful Hints for People Interested in Health Careers

Do you ever get the feeling that there aren't any jobs available anywhere, and you are tired of looking, that is when you consider the medical field. There are many choices here, several will require a substantial amount of training, others only minimal or on the job training. Keep in mind that in this article we'll be looking at only a small sampling of the many health careers that are possible. These, however, may motivate you to look further and see all the career options in this field.

There are some challenging positions to aspire after, when seeking a career in the health field, such as a doctor, but being a registered nurse is every bit as rewarding. There is a lot of demand for nurses, however, and depending on where you want to work, you will have a lot of choices. Surgical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, orthopedics, and others, are all specialties within nursing. If you're interested in becoming an RN, you should look into what your local colleges, including community colleges have to offer. Nursing schools could be another option, or there is always the internet.

When you want to work in the health industry and want to teach, you should consider becoming a health educator.

There are tons of jobs in this area and you could be hired by a school, a corporation, a non profit or even a governmental agency. A health educator teaches the public about all sorts of health related issues like pregnancy, high blood pressure, STDs, substance abuse, the dangers of smoking, etc. This will give you the satisfaction of helping people learn more about topics that are really important to their overall health and well being. A Bachelor's degree in community health or public health or a related field is what you will need to find if you want to be a health educator. You'll then need to take and pass a test to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

There are also a lot of careers to be had in the alternative medicine field if that is something that seems interesting to you. Many people are now skeptical of mainstream medicine and prefer to seek the expertise of herbalists, holistic doctors, acupuncturists and others in alternative areas of health.

You can study Ayurveda (traditional medicine of India) or Chinese medicine. There are schools all over the place that will teach these subjects as well as a huge variety of other alternative medical practices so just pick the school that appeals the most to you. After completing your training, you could look for a job or set up your own practice. The health careers we've covered in this article are just some of the directions you can take in this rapidly expanding area. Being serious about a career in a health related area, there are many, and they all have different requirements, so spend some time learning what each one takes, if you are seriously interested. You also have to take your own abilities and interests into consideration.

We have explored just a few of the health careers that are highly in demand right now. If you do your research you will find a bunch of others. Health careers can be really rewarding but they are full of challenges too. If you find these things interesting, you should take a look around your local area to see if there are any health careers available.

What Are They Doing About Aboriginal Health?

Aboriginal Health means different things to different people. In the Western world we think that it is to have generally good personal health, good birth and longevity rates.

Australian Aboriginal people are on a different psychosocial time system and only "now" is important to them. They have come to recognize that many physical transitions happen to them and they are more likely to allow nature to turn a current physical problem or injury around than to seek medical assistance for it.

Because of this when they do present with a medical condition or injury they are often much more seriously ill than they would have been if they had been coming from a Western culture.

What are called life style diseases and injuries from domestic violence and including sexually transmitted disease and physical traumas would account for most presentations to a medical facility or community clinic.

Diabetes, Hypertension, ear problems with hearing loss, sexually transmitted diseases and renal failure are the five most common of the life style diseases affecting Aboriginal Health and are usually detected because of screening programs in the communities usually conducted by the local Registered Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers.

Both the State or Territory and Federal Government take the issue of providing good opportunities for Aboriginal Health care seriously. They provide clinics and rotating specialists to physically attend the various community clinics on a rotation basis.

Physical traumas however are usually the most urgent of requests upon a rural medical center. In the Aboriginal culture someone else is always responsible for what happens to you and personal responsibility is never accepted.

Domestic violence is rampant particularly against women and sometimes the inflicted wounds are horrific.

Social problems such as drinking or drug use often become the catalyst in these events. Even with the extreme remoteness and with the government policy of intervention drugs and alcohol are all too readily available.

Often when there is a motor vehicle accident there are many injured people because of overcrowding into the vehicles which themselves are often poorly maintained.

On paydays in the communities, (days government payments are made), the communities come to a stop with gambling the prime consideration of the day, superseding all else.

Card games are all over the community with huge pots or possible winnings.

Children are totally neglected even if ill until the card player runs out of money and they exhaust the money of anyone willing to give them more.

The community clinics are vacant even if a visiting Medical Specialist has come to see specific ill community members at considerable cost to the government.

On these pay days the staff of the clinics are often called out several times during the night to tend to sick children whose parents were too busy playing cards to bring the sick child to the clinic.

The community clinic is viewed as the place to get quick attention and an instant cure or fix for a medical problem or condition no matter how long it has existed before presentation. Parents prefer injections for their children as they for the most part will not follow a prescription as time like 6 hourly or 4 times a day means nothing, even pictures like bed, sun and moon don't really help.

It also makes no difference if it is 3 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning, as time does not have the same relevance to their culture.

Aboriginal Community health centers are well equipped and usually staffed by highly qualified Registered Nurses with a Doctor on call by phone 24 hrs. a day.

Patient medications are freely available from this local clinic paid for by the government. Most medications are thrown away and not used even though they are provided freely.

Urgent medical cases are quickly transported from the communities either by road in an ambulance or by air in special built airplanes to hospitals.

Doctors will usually visit a rural clinic once a fortnight, (every two weeks), to monitor and review patients on medications. Unfortunately many do not attend.

However, just because a Doctor has arrived does not mean that the Aboriginal patients will come for a scheduled appointment unless they see it as important, even if they live next door to the clinic. This makes ongoing monitoring of patient care and response to medications very difficult to determine.

I hope that you can see from what I have written how difficult it is to try and maintain a high level of good Aboriginal Health.

The Western Medicine idea of good Health and its importance has nothing to do with Australian Aboriginal Culture. See our site for cultural medical paintings. http://www.personally-selected-aboriginal-art.com and many other articles on Aboriginal life and history.

Health and Wellness Trend in Retirement Communities

There's an ongoing trend from Victoria, BC to Fredericton, NB as wellness centers are springing up in retirement communities everywhere. Promoting a sense of well-being and engaging residents mentally and physically is a trend that's certain to continue as seniors enjoy the benefits of being active and inspired.

Origin Communities Stress Active Mind and Body

As you walk through the Origin Evergreen active lifestyle community in Mississauga, you'll hear the wellness center buzzing with activity. There's water-walking and swim classes going on in the saltwater pool, while right next-door the spa is alive with the sounds of residents enjoying esthetic services like facials, manicures and pedicures.

Gina Filice, Origin's life-enrichment coordinator believes that a variety of activities addressing the well being of both body and mind is key to happy healthy residents. She comments that besides the physical and emotional benefits in the activities provided, there's the social aspect that is important at every stage of life particularly for seniors.

Time to get active - like never before!

The calendar at the Origin community is filled with activities centered on the needs and the pace of the individuals in each class. Their yoga, glee club and Nordic pole walking classes focus particularly on physical and also include emotional health. The philosophy at Origin is that the seniors should be able to embrace the opportunities that they may not have had the time to enjoy during their working years and this type of community experience is long overdue in today's society as a whole.

From Computer Class to Latin Dance

The wellness trend is catching on everywhere! In communities like Amica Mature Lifestyles, the shift is away from the view that individuals are defined by their age or disability to one that embraces a multi-dimensional, holistic model of wellness. Amica promotes mental sharpness by providing computer classes and tutorials for residents that want to keep up and develop new computer skills. The Amica community in Whitby, Ontario offers Zumba Gold classes, senior friendly Latin dance and mPower, a strength-training program customized to the individual.

Music Concerts and Competitions

Outdoor activities are enjoyed at the Chartwell community in Muskoka, Ontario's cottage country, where the stunning natural beauty is the perfect backdrop to music concerts featuring local entertainers. Residents are encouraged to participate in music competitions involving all Chartwell communities. The community is situated on protected parkland that allows for ample walking paths and space to enjoy the scenic outdoors.

Fredericton Community Adds a Wellness Centre

Windsor court in Fredericton, NB has been open for 20 years and they've recently added a state of the art wellness center to the facility. Marketing Manager Paul Doucette said in an interview that to address the needs of their residents, the expansion includes senior friendly exercise rooms, an endless wave therapy pool, and an onsite health clinic for weekly blood pressure checks, foot-care services, and a flu clinic. This addition was inspired by the measurable benefits that a wellness program provides in a senior community.

The focus on health and wellbeing is a positive trend for retirement communities across the country. It's comforting and reassuring to know that retirement life can consist of more activity than non-activity, socializing more than isolation, and an overall sense of wellness during a period of life that should be enhanced by good health whenever possible.

Alice Lucette is a writer for SeniorsZen.com, a great resource for retirement homes, where you can compare senior housing providers' services & costs for Free, read educational articles, and watch videos on a range of topics related to senior care.

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Community Health Services - Choices For The Uninsured

Based on reasonable estimates from health research organizations, each year, millions of Americans lose their health care when they lose their jobs. Many of them regain coverage when they take another job. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2007, 235.4 million Americans did have health insurance. This figure leaves only about 15 percent of U.S. residents without healthcare. Not many have been able to set aside money in a dedicated medical savings account to cover healthcare expenses. Those who are left to cover the costs on their own frequently turn to community health services and other health facilities to help fill the gap.

The Uphill Battle

The average cost of a doctor's visit always depends on the part of the country where the health facility is located and the type of doctor needed to treat a condition. For example, a trip to see a general practitioner costs anywhere from $95 to $265. If the condition is serious enough to warrant a specialist, the cost rises slightly: $115 to $325. Rheumatologists seem to come in on the lower end of the scale at $91 to $137. Health care providers also tend to publish cash prices but charge a different (higher) amount when billing a patient's insurance company.

Some of the 15 percent of the nation's uninsured are uninsured by choice. Health statistics indicate that many of these people are under 34 years old and make over $50,000 annually. Some of them have salaries in the $75,000 range. So affordability is not the issue all the time.

Viable Options

A good number of those who do not have insurance and can be counted among the poor have used hospital emergency rooms for health treatment because they simply have nowhere else to turn. The emergency room has not only been a place for the uninsured, though. People who have Medicaid coverage are often turned away by doctor's who do not accept this kind of insurance. It is also full of people whose regular doctors have offices that are closed.

Uninsured Americans who happen to belong to some type of professional organization, community organization or a local Chamber of Commerce could possibly get insured if they have membership in one of those organizations. It is group insurance at a discount rate and will unlikely be discontinued for the duration of the organization.

Community Programs

Those who can take advantage of community health services tend to find local nonprofit health care centers that have centralized healthcare for almost any kind of ailment. These centers either base payments on income or charge on fixed low fee to anyone who walks in the door. Patients who cannot pay anything are not often turned away. It is the ideal type of scenario because doctors who work in these facilities tend to be dedicated to patient care rather than the prestige of the job. The payment system brings together patients and capitalizes on those who have any income at all to pay. So, it achieves its goal of ensure all patients have access to care.

Sometimes, an uninsured person who is in need of care may seek more than one of these alternative healthcare paths to help heal themselves. Community health services have done much to take up the slack in the national healthcare system. Rather than leave patients hopeless, it gives them options.

Dr. Muney is a doctor on a mission to provide top quality community health services to the people battling with the rising cost of healthcare. He maintains 5 medical centers in New York that provide top quality care along with all inclusive affordable health care plans every family can enjoy.