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Best Healthcare Jobs that don’t require a Degree

Not all healthcare occupations require you to earn a degree. In fact, there are a handful of jobs out there that you can start within 2 years (if not sooner)! So, what are they? The ones we'll be talking about today includes certified nursing assistants, dental assistants, medical assistants, medical secretaries, phlebotomists, pharmacy technicians, and surgical technologists.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Job Description: Certified nursing assistants (CNA) are responsible for helping the elderly and patients who need help with daily tasks, often working under the supervision of the nursing staff (LPNs and RNs). Tasks can often include moving patients, preparing medications, cleaning, dressing, toileting, and bathing. Most CNAs work in hospitals and nursing facilities, although they can also find work from employment agencies, assisted living homes, and other healthcare settings.

Training Required: Completion of a CNA course (6 weeks to 6 months) and a state certification exam

Dental Assistant

Job Description: Dental assistants are in charge of creating a more efficient workplace in the dental office. This means that a dental assistant's job consists of clinical as well as administrative tasks. Responsibilities can include sterilizing tools, preparing equipment, taking x-rays, assisting dentists with chair-side duties, answering phones, billing, record keeping, welcoming patients, appointment scheduling, and ordering supplies. Of course, dental assistants are exclusively found in dental offices.

Training Required: On-the-job training or completion of a dental assistant program (less than 1 year)

Medical Assistant

Job Description: Medical assistants are tasked with running offices and clinics more efficiently, often performing jobs such as answering phones, welcoming visitors, record keeping, scheduling appointments, taking blood pressure, sterilizing tools, preparing equipment, and responding to any physician's request. Medical assistants work in a variety of places, including hospitals, physician offices, and general healthcare facilities.

Training Required: On-the-job training or completion of a formal medical assisting program (less than 1 year)

Medical Secretary

Job Description: Many medical secretaries can be found on physicians' offices, where they are responsible for completing such tasks like recording medical histories, completing insurance paperwork, arranging appointments, billing, or ordering medical supplies. Although most can be found in physician offices, there are some who work in hospitals and outpatient care centers.

Training Required: High school or AAS degree


Job Description: Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals that are in charge of safely drawing blood from patients. Blood is often used for tests, donations, collection, research, or transfusion, and you can find phlebotomists working in medical labs, blood donor center, doctors' office, and hospitals.

Training Required: Diploma or certificate from a phlebotomy training program (less than 1 year)

Pharmacy Technician

Job Description: Pharmacy technicians can be found working in pharmacies, whether they are general pharmacies or ones located in drug stores and hospitals. Pharmacy technicians can be considered as a pharmacy assistant, where they help assist with jobs such as prescription filling, customer orders, and making sure customers' medication is accurate.

Training Required: On-the-job training or completion of a pharmacy technician program (less than 1 year)

Surgical Technologist

Job Description: Surgical technologists are also known as operating room technicians, and they are tasked with assisting doctors performing surgeries. Typical responsibilities include preparing operating rooms, arranging equipment, and helping with any requests made by the performing doctor. Most surgical technologists work in hospitals.

Training Required: Certificate or diploma from a surgical technologist program (1-2 years)

No More Cellulite Orange Bikini

5 Critical Keys to Kill Your Cellulite

One of our contributing experts recently put together a kick-butt article that is the “Do This – and DON’T Do That” rule-book when it comes to getting rid of unsightly cellulite dimples, shadows and ripples. It’s a quick read with some eye-opening tips and a helpful video that you’ll want to see while it’s still up.


-contributed by – Joey Atlas, Womens’ Body Enhancement Specialist — M.S., Exercise Physiology

“Ask any woman on the street what the definition of “cellulite” is and you'll get a confused variety of answers. From “toxic fat pockets caught in the skin” to “bands of fiber pulling down on the skin” and many odd things in between…”


The truth is: most people really don’t know what “cellulite” actually is, or, what causes this odd appearance of the lower body trouble zones…”

This is no surprise as there actually is no such thing as ‘cellulite’… So how do we get rid of something which doesn’t exist?”

Here’s the answer:

“The word, “cellulite”, was cleverly made-up several decades ago, in a European beauty-spa, to DESCRIBE the bumpy, shadowy and dimpled appearance of skin in the lower body trouble zones of the female body. (butt, hips, thighs, legs)”

The beauty spas then started cashing-in and profiting big-time by marketing “beauty” services and products to get rid of “cellulite”. And if you're like most women who've been challenged by this issue, then you probably already know all of those passive and superficial beauty treatments do not get rid of the dented shadows and mushy dimples on your buns, legs and thighs.”

In order to make your lower-body smooth, tight and attractive, there are 5 steps to follow.

Here they are:

5 Critical Keys to KILL Your Cellulite

1: You cannot get rid of the dimples and shadows (cellulite) by rubbing an odd gel, weird lotion or goopy cream on your trouble zones and problem spots.

So, stop using them – as some can actually make your cellulite worse.

Despite the fact that there are dozens of supposed ‘cellulite reduction creams’ on the market, there is no possible way for any one of them, no matter how expensive, to get rid of your cellulite. Cellulite is not a skin problem. Its an underlying structural issue, that can only be corrected by reversing the cause of atrophied muscle fibers directly beneath your “cellulite” trouble spots.”

Since the squishy dimples and shadows are a superficial symptom of a problem below the surface; it’s impossible for the creams, lotions or gels to have any physiological impact on the cause of the issue…”

2: Risky and expensive ‘medi-spa treatments’ can only reduce your bank account – not your cellulite problems. And there are many consumer reports about women being seriously scarred or injured as well.

Stay away from these as the FDA reports show women who’ve been scarred or injured for life.

Painful, dangerous and uncomfortable services ranging from endermologie to body-wrapping have been proven to be totally ineffective when it comes to treating cellulite. However, advertising and marketing loopholes allow these services to be cleverly marketed to desperate women who are at wits end with the unattractive dimples and shadows on the lower-body problem areas.”

3: The unattractive dimples, shadows and saggy ripples known as cellulite are not ‘genetic’ and you are NOT stuck with them forever if you have them.

Falsely believing this will prevent you from getting rid of your cellulite. So, don’t entertain this nonsense for 1 second.

These two ridiculous myths are often passed around by ‘neighborhood know-it-alls’ – and many women actually believe these 2 myths – especially if they haven’t found the right way to get rid of the cellulite. Whats even more alarming are the number of doctors who also believe in and foster these 2 demoralizing falsehoods.

Yes – it is common to see a mother and daughter, both with the lower-body “orange peel” look, BUT this doesn't mean cellulite is genetic – it simply means both women have not found a way to lift, tone and firm the muscle layers under the dimpled, saggy skin.”

4: You can get rid of cellulite, regardless of your age – or when you began to notice it.

Since cellulite is a structural issue (muscle) – it can be fixed with simple and unique body movements which target the cellulite areas.”

These types of moves can be followed by any woman, regardless of her age or fitness level. And it doesn’t matter if the cellulite started in the early teen years – or after pregnancy – or after menopause – it’s still a structural issue that results from soft, un-toned muscles underneath the saggy, dimpled, shadowy skin.”

5: The only proven way to permanently get rid of the dimples and shadows of cellulite is through a series of simple, yet specifically targeted lower-body movements

These unique movements focus on lifting, shaping and toning the muscle layers so they gently push outward against the skin – to bring back the smooth, tight and sexy appearance, while burning off any excess flab, if there is any.”

This is how regular women reverse the cause of cellulite dimples and shadows… AND, if there happens to be any excess fat in those zones – it will be burned off as fuel by the muscles. This bonus of losing any unhealthy excess body-fat is nice because it reveals a great body and it works wonders for your health profile.

BUT you won’t learn about these unique slow-tempo movements in the gym or your local health club.”

These body movements are NOT done with typical weights and machine type exercises.” “Most regular fitness instructors don’t even know about this type of targeted cellulite-killing method. (click to watch video)

These muscle-stimulating movements can be done right at home, in total privacy.

The female lower-body has over 90 muscles…

Picture those 90 muscles BENEATH your skin’s surface in your legs, butt, hips and thigh zones. That’s where the magic happens in regards to true removal of mushy dimples and saggy shadows in the trouble spots and problem areas…

Despite what most women have been led to believe, there is a critical difference between a ‘general workout program’ – and a laser-focused, cellulite removal method. The sweetest benefit of this is; you don’t need access to a health club or fitness center.” …”Just click PLAY on this video by Joey Atlas, (M.S., Ex.Phys.) and get it started now:” (it opens in a bigger screen so you don’t miss a thing)

These are simple, unique moves you can start doing today, right in the privacy of your own home. And if you start this type of targeted muscle stimulation method today – you will start feeling results within 2 weeks and seeing results within 3 to 4 weeks.

free cellulite presentation video for women to get rid of cellulite
 To see the 90 muscles in your lower-body and

how you can reverse the cause of the bumps,

shadows and dimples in your trouble zones and

problem spots, just click play above.

EXTRA TIP – # 6: The Dimples, Ripples and Shadows of Cellulite Get Worse if They Are Not Taken Care of Properly. And the worse it gets, the harder it is to reverse.

So, watch the video above to avoid further frustration, disgust and anger. It’s your body so just do the right thing for it.

Mesothelioma Lung

The Legal Side of Malignant Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one has malignant mesothelioma, you know better than anyone that it is a terrifying and debilitating disease. The prognosis is usually pretty grim, and the side effects of the treatments can often be worse than the original disease symptoms.

But mesothelioma is more than just a rare cancer, along with other asbestos related illnesses; it is also at the heart of some serious legal issues.

The Legal Side of Mesothelioma

A majority of malignant mesothelioma cases are caused by repeated and prolonged exposure to asbestos. For most people in the United States, that repeated and prolonged exposure occurred from working in environments with high concentrations of asbestos and asbestos dust, such as:

  • Asbestos mines;
  • Factories that made products out of asbestos;
  • Occupations that used asbestos-based products, such as the automotive industry;
  • Occupations that damaged or destroyed asbestos products, such as construction and demolition; and,
  • Occupations that involved working in spaces with a lot of asbestos-based materials, such as the military.

Other people became exposed from living in buildings that had a lot of damaged asbestos, of from living with individuals who would carry asbestos home on their clothing.

The Issue with Asbestos Exposure

It Was Preventable.

Asbestos is not a 20th century discovery; humans have been using it for millennia, and have been having asbestos-related health problems for about as long.

Dating as far back as 3000 BC, people were using asbestos in pottery, in flame-retardant fabrics, to insulate armor, and in building materials. Reports of the health risks of asbestos exposure date back as far as the first century.

However, the use of asbestos didn’t become widespread until the industrial revolution of the 19th century, when factories required asbestos for insulation and fire prevention, and when those same factories made it possible to produce more and more asbestos-based products.

Unfortunately, while the demand for asbestos-based products grew, concerns over worker safety did not. At the height of the asbestos era in this country, many asbestos manufacturers were aware of the risks of exposure, and chose to hide that information from their employees. It wasn’t until the late 1970s that the EPA began regulating asbestos and required asbestos manufacturers to protect their employees. Up until that point, thousands of asbestos workers were exposed unnecessarily to high levels of asbestos dust.

This means that the asbestos industry could have prevented the deaths and illnesses of thousands of workers.

Mesothelioma’s Long Latency Period.

Mesothelioma can take decades to develop. Most of those workers who were exposed to asbestos dust in the 1950s, while they were in their 20s and 30s, didn’t start exhibiting symptoms until long after they had retired.

Because most of the asbestos manufacturers kept information about the health risks under wraps, many of these men were completely unaware that their illnesses were directly related to the jobs they had retired from years before. Many of them were also not aware that the seeds of the disease had been planted decades before they even started getting sick.

The long latency period made it difficult for people to trace the cause of the disease.

If an asbestos worker was also a smoker, or if he worked in other industrial settings over the years, he might believe that those other factors contributed to his illness.

Family members of asbestos workers often fared even worse because, supposedly, they never went anywhere near the asbestos factories and therefore could not trace their illness back to asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma’s long incubation period gave asbestos manufacturers a certain degree of deniability, and helps them hide their neglectful behavior.

Mesothelioma’s Grim Prognosis

Most people with mesothelioma are not diagnosed until they are in the later stages of the disease; and, by then, the prognosis is generally grim. Many are lucky to live another 12 months after the initial diagnosis; and, as stated before, the treatments are often debilitating.

Even if someone realizes that his illness is due to asbestos exposure, neither he nor his family could have the energy or knowledge to pursue a lawsuit. Another issue is that the patient could simply die before he has the opportunity to do anything, and his family won’t know that they could have filed a lawsuit on his behalf.

Mesothelioma’s grim prognosis means that many of these patients will never see justice for the injuries they have suffered at the hands of the asbestos manufacturers.

Making Things Right

People with mesothelioma–and their families–should look for any and all information on mesothelioma lawsuits. There are several internet resources that can tell you everything you need to know about your right to sue, as well as the history of the asbestos industry cover up.

You should also try to contact the other people you worked with. You might be surprised to find that they, and even their family members, are having many of the same health problems as you.

If you believe that you have a case, then you should also contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. Mesothelioma is a fairly aggressive illness and the longer you wait, the less time you will have to file. If you know other people from the same factory, who all have the same illness, you might even be able to file a class action suit.

[box type=”note”]The important thing to remember is that the asbestos industry intentionally withheld information about the health risks of asbestos exposure, and that industry negligence was directly responsible for the preventable deaths of thousands of people.[/box]

Asbestos Mesothelioma

When Someone You Love Has Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is complicated and scary and being diagnosed with it is tantamount to a death sentence. This is because, while there have been advancements in medicine to extend the life of someone who has this type of tumor, it hasn’t advanced enough to cure the tumor completely. The diagnosis is terrible for everyone–the patient and the people who love that patient. When someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s easy to feel helpless. This, however, is not the time to shut down. It is the time to put yourself aside and do your best to help your loved one with his (or her) diagnosis and prognosis.

  1. Expect Anger

Cancer, no matter the kind, is a terrible diagnosis. With mesothelioma, however, there is an added layer of bitterness. Why? Because, mesothelioma is always someone’s fault. According to this comprehensive asbestos guide, mesothelioma is the direct result of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a type of insulation that was used abundantly throughout homes, commercial buildings, schools and even in vehicles for much of the 20th century–until scientists uncovered the inherent risks in its use (cancer) and the substance was banned. It occurs in nature, but not openly (it has to be mined). Therefore, contact with these minerals should be controllable.

  1. Supporting Action

Many mesothelioma patients will pursue legal action against the companies and individuals who are responsible for their asbestos exposure. While these battles won’t lengthen your loved one’s life, they can help him/her to feel active and like he/she is making some kind of difference. And, if the case is won, the monetary settlement can be quite helpful in paying for medical bills, etc. At the same time, you shouldn’t pressure someone to file suit. Try to remember that even though you might want what feels like revenge, it is okay if the patient would rather live his final years (or months) without the stress of a legal battle.

  1. Little Things Add Up

Buying your loved one a Mr. Potato Head note pad might seem silly or even frivilous given the severity of the situation she is facing. But if that notepad has even a tiny chance of making your friend smile for a minute or two? Buy it for her. The little things, the things that don’t seem big enough, are exactly what will help keep your loved one’s spirits up. Those little “I saw this and it made me think of you” things bring a bright moment to a stressed out person’s day. Those moments add up!

  1. Caring for Caregivers

It is important, especially if you are not your loved one’s primary caregiver, that you remember to support whoever is. Caregivers, especially as the disease advances, have a front row seat to the damage caused by mesothelioma and it can often be as hard for them to face as it is for the patient. It is sometimes even more complicated for caregivers because they often feel like they can’t feel anything about the disease, that all of their emotions have to be “saved” for the patient and his or her support. Lending a hug or a helping hand or whatever kind of support you know how to give to your loved one’s caregiver will go a long way both for that person and for the person you love.

  1. Try Not to Grieve Early

This is the hardest thing to do. Knowing that someone you love is going to be gone much sooner than either of you anticipated is a terrible burden to shoulder. Even if the patient has been given years to live, it is hard not to start imagining what life will look like after they are gone or how much you will miss them. While studies show that things like planning funerals together can help with the grieving process, it is just as important to appreciate your loved one while he or she is still here.

Finally, remember that everybody processes things differently. Try to go with the flow as best you can.

Quality Healthcare System

Create a Quality Healthcare System through Enterprise Risk Management Solution

Creating a quality healthcare environment is one of the prime objectives of any national administration, across the globe.

Risks are inevitable and no industry knows it better than the healthcare sector. It deals with clinical risks day in, and day out. Healthcare institutions need innovative risk solutions for a fast-changing commercial landscape.

Speed, Precision and Security are the key demands of organizations in new-age healthcare. ERM solutions implemented should fulfil specific requisites. At the same time, it should be integrated with organizations’ Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework to create an effortless workflow.

Flaws in traditional methods limit the potential of healthcare centres

Traditional methods are no more an efficient solution. The major problem they face is in dealing with data management. Healthcare centres have one of the largest collections of records. The lack of organization and structure in data hinders the efficiency level of healthcare operations extensively. Moreover, errors like unintended omission of information and difficulty in retracing data can lead to grave consequences in an environment meant for medicine and healthcare.

A transitional phase of the healthcare sector

Healthcare organizations, like all other industries, are evolving for the better in terms of business functions. More and more healthcare service providers are adopting the values of a patient-centric atmosphere. These centres need to be equipped with a completely integrated ERM platform to put these values into action. A healthcare institution could double its potential with a technology that helps it to plan, strategize and mitigate risks.

At the prenatal stage of development, healthcare centres address many concerns, which can be identified as the predominant risks prevailing in the industry:

  • Ensuring patient safety and satisfaction
  • Implementing and managing electronic medical and health records
  • Lack of operational efficiency
  • Fraudulent claims
  • Cost management
  • Managing reimbursement payment liabilities
  • Compliance with healthcare reforms and policies

Healthcare systems need the supportive technology of ERM solutions that cover the following areas:

A comprehensive platform that can easily retrieve integrated data corresponding to standards, policies, procedures, records and programs

  • Maintaining an enterprise-wide risk register
  • Gain flexibility and provide access to each department with information pertaining to their own risk registers
  • The integrated system lets you prioritize patient safety portfolios rather easily
  • Support patient safety through accurate detection, documentation, implementation and distribution of information
  • Eliminate patient-identification errors, maintain confidentiality of medical reports and keep them updated
  • Easy communication and sharing of authorized, relevant and immediate information
  • Chart out optimal patient care, treatment planning and safety
  • Recognize skilled doctors, nurses, specialists and professionals
  • Avoid unexpected costs and medical negligence
  • Enable cost reductions and manage challenges with patient payments
  • Maintain the institution’s employee management
  • Improve management visibility
  • Manage stock levels and reduce excess or expired stock

Apart from such industry-specific attributes, ERM solutions incorporate various other organizational requirements, which help them mitigate operational costs, manage human resources, oversee inventory operations, monitor supply chain activities, assist front office management and handle financial and billing processes. Basically, an ERM application brings together all the facets of a healthcare institution under one platform.

[box type=”note”]About The Author: Mohammed Nasser Barakat is Consultancy Director at CAREweb Corporate Governance Consultancy offering Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) software used by the well known global business organizations. Nasser is Certified Control and Risk Self Assessment Practitioner (CCSA) and has 8 years experience in  Internal audit solutions, Healthcare Enterprise Risk Management solutions and consultancy.[/box]