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Meet Mark: An Inspiring Graduate of our Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma Program

2018-12-12 by NAHB

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At the National Academy of Health and Business (NAHB), we work hard to help each and every one of our students achieve their career aspirations. Over the years, we’ve met many incredible students, and we are so proud of them and the success they’ve achieved after graduation.

Hyuck Jin Kwon (Mark) is one of many such graduates. His hard work and commitment to his education has paid off, as Mark now enjoys his new career. Continue reading to learn more about his story.

Deciding on a Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma Program

Before coming to NAHB to obtain a medical laboratory technician diploma, Mark first studied at the University of Arizona. There he earned a degree in Bio Chemical Engineering, before eventually moving to Canada with his family and settling down in Ancaster, Ontario.

It was then that Mark decided to return to school once again, this time to further his education as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Mark was a student with us for 10 months, and in this time he learned new procedures in the lab as well as practiced procedures he was already familiar with. Preparing reagents and staining solutions, collecting blood and other samples from patients, and more were all topics included in his training, and Mark approached each lesson with diligence. He was a very good student with great attendance and grades.

The Externship Placement Mark Completed as Part of His Medical Laboratory Technician Training

Mark’s medical laboratory technician program didn’t just include coursework. As part of his training, he also completed an off-site externship in order to apply his skills to a real work setting. Mark completed his placement at the Hemostasis Research Laboratory, located in Hamilton, Ontario. It lasted for a total of 6 weeks.

It was a valuable part of his education that allowed Mark to gain experience as a medical laboratory technician, helping to pave the way for a smooth transition into the workforce after graduation.

Life After Graduation: How NAHB Supported Mark Throughout His Job Search

As an ambitious and hard-working student, Mark decided to further his diploma and write both his OSMT and CSMLS certification after graduation. He succeeded in obtaining both, which made beneficial additions to his already impressive resume.

Our story with Mark didn’t end after graduation. After Mark’s graduation NAHB stood by him, helping him with career leads, interview processes, and updating his resume. Mark had a couple of interviews with no success, but didn’t give up. He contacted NAHB regularly, keeping us updated and getting tips on his interviews, and other positions available to him.

All of Mark’s persistence eventually paid off, as he landed a position working for Dynacare’s Core Laboratory. He reports that he is very happy with his new position, and is very thankful he chose our program. Mark thanks NAHB for the training that was provided to him along the way, not only in school, but also in the support offered to help him gain a position in his new career.

Would you like to begin your very own success story at NAHB?

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How to Keep Senior Clients Safe in the Winter When You Become a PSW

2018-12-05 by NAHB

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Keeping your clients safe is the most important part a personal support worker’s (PSW) job. Winter, with its cold, snow, and ice, can be treacherous for older clients, especially if they have reduced mobility.

In PSW training, you learn many skills that can help senior clients feel more secure and at ease. During the colder months, that training will be particularly useful. Here’s a look at just a few of the ways you can care for older clients in the winter.

PSWs Can Help Prevent Slips and Falls, Both Inside and Out

Sidewalks or driveways that have not been cleared of snow and ice are extremely dangerous. For young people, slipping on ice usually just means a couple bruises, but for older adults it can mean broken bones and worse. While PSWs may not be expected to clear their clients’ driveways and sidewalks themselves, PSW training, especially courses focused on caring for those with reduced mobility, includes valuable tools for reducing the risk of falls. As a PSW, you can talk to clients about what snow clearing services they have. If they don’t have somebody clearing their snow, ask them if they know anybody—like a friend or neighbour—who might be able to do it.

The threat from slips and falls doesn’t just exist outside during the winter. All that snow, ice, and slush gets tracked inside too, which makes interior surfaces very wet and slippery. To reduce the risk of falls inside, encourage your clients to wear slip-proof shoes or slippers.

Use Your Personal Support Worker Certificate to Ensure Your Client Eats Healthy

In personal support worker courses you learn about meal preparation and nutrition, which is a very important topic during the winter when most people stay inside more and make fewer trips to the grocery store. For senior clients, that can mean fewer items in their pantries and less nutritional variety. Make sure your clients have a well-stocked kitchen with a variety of healthy foods. Items that are high in Vitamin D are an especially good idea.


PSW training teaches you how to prepare nutritious meals for senior clients

PSW training teaches you how to prepare nutritious meals for senior clients

In the event of a power outage or during a bad storm, it may be difficult for your client to replenish their kitchen cupboards. Make sure they have at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods in case of such an emergency. If your client can’t make the trip to the grocery store themselves to stock up on food, encourage them to ask someone they know to do it for them. As you learn during a personal support worker certificate, each client has different needs. Some clients may be less comfortable asking friends or family for help with getting groceries. In many cases, those clients don’t want to sacrifice their independence or they are worried about “being a bother.”

Make Sure They Are Always Warm Enough

Seniors are at an increased risk of hypothermia in the winter, which happens when the body’s core temperature dips below 35⁰C. PSWs learn how to recognize potential medical emergencies like hypothermia in older clients. Certain clients will be especially vulnerable to the cold, such as those with cardiac problems.


PSWs can help senior clients learn how to keep warm in the winter

PSWs can help senior clients learn how to keep warm in the winter

While space heaters can help senior clients stay warm during the winter, they can be dangerous if not used properly. Make sure clients use any heating devices safely, such as by keeping them far away from drapes, curtains, and anything else that could catch fire. Double-check that fire and carbon monoxide alarms are working. The interpersonal skills you develop during PSW training are invaluable for helping clients understand the risks of cold weather. Ask them if they have lots of extra blankets and if they know anyone who can check in on them when you can’t be there.

Are you interested in how to become a PSW?

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[Infographic] Essential Study Tips for Working Parents

2018-12-04 by NAHB

Going back to school is never easy – even when it’s to secure the training needed to change careers or land a dream job. Many students have plenty of important responsibilities that can’t easily be put on pause during their studies. A full- or part-time job, friends, and family commitments can all take up precious time. For working parents especially, striking a solid work/study/life balance can be hard.

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. Many colleges know just how important other commitments can be, and work hard to offer courses at convenient times as well as plenty of support to students. In addition, there are plenty of great tips and tricks that you can use to ease the transition back to school. Whether you want to complete business courses to secure a lucrative promotion, achieve your dream by enrolling in a police foundations program, or give back to your community by taking on a career in healthcare, you can reach your goals.

Here are some of the study tips you can use to make the most of your time, and obtain the training you’ve always wanted.

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Essential Study Tips for Working Parents

Going back to school can be a big time commitment.

For working parents, it can be difficult to make time for studies, and use study time effectively.

Here are some tips to help you free up time, stay refreshed, and remember coursework!

Planning Ahead Can Be a Big Help

• Write up a schedule or calendar
• Make sure to mark down important deadlines
• Include important family events you don’t want to miss
• Allocate time for studying
• Make sure to include plenty of “me time” as well!

Pro tip: Show your schedule to your kids and partner. This will help them know when you might need to study more in preparation for a big test or assignment.

Use Time-Saving Tricks Around the House

• Pay bills and purchase groceries online
• Automate payments where possible
• Make meals ahead of time and freeze them for later use
• Use different laundry baskets to pre-sort clothes

Did you know? On average, people spend an hour on housework every day!

Make Study Time a Family Activity

• Establish ground rules, such as staying quiet
• Encourage your kids to ask for help only after study time is over
• Make sure that the study space is free of distractions
• Give yourself and your children a reward after studying!
• Studying with your children sets a great example

Use Study Time Effectively

• Study on public transit and during short breaks in your day
• Dedicate a quiet place at home to studying
• Write notes by hand to remember them better
• Read material out loud to help recall lessons easily
• Quiz yourself to check your progress
• Colour code notes to make them easier to remember

Pro tip: Switching between several topics in one study session can help boost your problem-solving skills!

Make Use of Your Support Network

• Talk to your partner about dividing responsibilities
• Ask kids to complete small chores
• Start a study group with classmates
• Ask teachers for help if you don’t understand material

Don’t Forget to Make Time for Yourself!

• Be sure to eat a complete breakfast
• Get plenty of sleep to feel refreshed
• Make time for activities you enjoy
• Reward yourself and celebrate achievements!



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