What do medical studies mean?
Medical Studies covers a very wide range of different subjects requiring different entry qualifications. The potential student will need to be literate, numerate, familiar with computers, able to carry out instructions and able to communicate on all levels. The length of the program varies according to the subject taken, but in almost all cases, further training is available for those who are particularly attracted to a specific area. Medical Assistants support physicians and nurses by carrying out routine procedures and administration or clerical services. They are not to be confused with Physician Assistants who diagnose, examine, and treat patients. Both of these jobs however enable doctors and nurses to spend more time on clinical diagnoses, patient management, and decision-making. The types of employment vary immensely so the prospective student will need to gain career information on a particular job before committing him or herself to a program of education.
Job prospects are very good and it is a rapidly growing area for a number of reasons: the aging population, higher health expectations, and the need for more people with the expertise to deal with increasing bureaucracy and technology. Medical Assistant is the fastest growing career within the healthcare sector. As well as the number of jobs increasing in hospitals, nursing homes, medical supply companies and medical offices: there is more demand from medical insurance companies needing people with the right skill set to university medical center jobs all over the country.
This type of work varies between States depending on the State laws, which govern what level of clinical procedures the individual is allowed to perform. As a result of this, work in States with stricter laws will be more administrative in nature. More specific career information can be gained from medical schools or medical colleges who will be aware of what the State stipulates. A few examples of a Medical Assistant are Podiatrist, Phlebotomist, Medical Record Administrator, Bed Manager, or Ultrasound Technician.
Working hours and salaries vary according to the type of work, location, and level of experience however average earnings are approximately $23,000 per annum.
What does it mean to study nursing?
Nursing is a fabulous career for anybody wanting to follow a vocation and enjoys caring for other people. The prospective student will need to be numerate, literate, articulate, and able to deal with people on all levels – both physicians and patients. Having a cool head is a definite advantage as both medical personnel and patients are frequently under a lot of pressure.
Anybody considering following a nursing career must attend nursing school or nursing college in order to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with clinical procedures, equipment and patient care. Types of duties might involve wound care, giving injections, patient support, patient hygiene, patient nutrition, administration of dispensed drugs, feeding, record keeping and taking blood pressure readings. There are of course a number of areas that the individual can specialize in with further training. These might be Geriatrics (Care of the Elderly), Primary Care, Trauma, Operating Room, Oncology (Cancer), Emergency Room, Midwifery, Gynecology (female reproductive system) or Psychiatry (Mental healthcare). There is also plenty of opportunity outside hospitals such as community healthcare programs, vaccination programs, dental nursing, private nursing, military, or even being a ship’s nurse on a luxury liner for the more adventurous.
Hours are usually quite variable and work on a shift system within most hospitals, as patients need twenty-four hour care. Occupational or school nurses can expect to work in line with the company’s hours of business. Private nurses will need to come to agreement with the individual employer over working times. Because of these time constraints, prospective students will need to consider whether they have the ability to cope with changing or interrupted sleep patterns. Another consideration should be levels of fitness. Most nursing requires long periods of standing walking or lifting.
The outlook for employment is good, as the population is aging and needing more long term nursing care. Salaries vary enormously depending on skills, experience, and level of qualifications and the place of work. First job wages range from $20,000 to $30,000 average wages for a registered nurse would be around $65,000 depending on skills and experience. Wages in general are higher in the private sector.