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Help Further Medical Knowledge with a Job in Clinical Research

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 27, 2022

The world of medical research is constantly advancing, but breakthroughs often feel like they come slower than we would prefer. However, participating in research can help push research further. While we want excellent research with clear outcomes, research takes time and a lot of personnel. One of the best ways to ensure that clinical research proceeds quickly, bringing lifesaving treatment plans to the world, is by hiring excellent, well-trained staff. A significant error in managing a research project would delay and muddy the findings, so great training is one of the most crucial factors in creating this work.

As it turns out, training in clinical research is also a great way to widen job opportunities for people with biology and research backgrounds or who already work in the medical field. If you've considered how to participate in research studies and get involved in clinical, read on to see how it happens in a flexible, online, or hybrid setting.

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Topics: Healthcare, Clinical Research

Meet Your Instructor: Sheldon Levy - Clinical Research

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 21, 2022

Sheldon Levy, PhD, MPH is an instructor in the RCC-Institute for Health Professionals Foundations of Clinical Research. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Clinical Research

Meet Your Instructor: Aaron White - Clinical Research

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on September 02, 2022
Aaron  White, BA, BS is an instructor in the Foundations of Clinical Research program. He teaches Study Operations and Subject Interactions.
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Topics: Healthcare, Meet the IHP Team, Clinical Research

Pharmacy Technician 101: Is it Right for You?

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on August 26, 2022

While there have been shortages in various working fields in the past few years, pharmacies have been particularly hard-hit. The constant need for staff to help people receive their much-needed medications while running a tight ship puts them under a lot of strain. While pharmacists are crucial, it's also important to understand just how vital the role of pharmacy technicians is to Portland. Understanding this role helps you determine if this is your right-fit career in health and medicine.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

Hay Fever

Posted by Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa on July 07, 2022

Headache. Nonstop sneezing. Stuffy nose. Fatigue. If you're an airborne allergy sufferer, these symptoms are your constant companions for several months every year.  For those with year-round allergies, each day brings a cycle of misery, often broken only temporarily by powerful drugs—antihistamines and decongestants—often with side effects more uncomfortable than the original symptoms. Airborne allergies usually affect the respiratory system. Some airborne allergies, like the one we call hay fever, are seasonal.

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Topics: Healthcare, Integrative Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Melinda Staehling

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 29, 2022

Originally from San Diego, Melinda's first career was in the hospitality industry, working in exciting restaurants on the West Coast. A lifelong home cook, she turned to nutrition studies when chronic health issues left her with more questions than answers. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

Establish Your Healthcare Career as a Sterile Processing Technician

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 28, 2022

The healthcare industry will continue to grow as the population ages, and more people experience higher healthcare needs. The turmoil of the pandemic has also strained the industry, leaving job openings as the situation normalizes. Many people have shifted in their roles or chosen a new job, increasing the demand for new employees in all kinds of positions. Furthermore, people have postponed surgeries and other medical care to avoid taxing an over-taxed system, resulting in pent-up demand.

For all of these reasons, now is a good time to be pursuing entry-level roles in the healthcare world. While other roles may pay higher levels for those already in healthcare, the industry is currently competitive enough that incoming people will find good prospects and salary opportunities.

One example of an entry-level role that you can train for quickly is the role of Sterile Processing Technician. Learn more about how this role plays a vital part in fighting infection inside hospitals, making it a rewarding way to serve while also being a role that is in constant growing demand in Portland, OR. Learn more about becoming a sterile processing technician and how many sterile processing technicians Portland needs these days.

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Topics: Healthcare

Meet Functional Nutrition Instructor, Vileka Fisher

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 17, 2022

Dr. Vileka Fisher is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, midwife, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland Community College. They graduated from NUNM in 2021 with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Certificate in Natural Childbirth. They achieved the state requirements for board certification in natural childbirth/Naturopathic midwifery by completing a rigorous two-year internship in Naturopathic midwifery at a busy primary care and birth center facility located in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Fisher has a Master of Science in nutrition from NUNM and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Corban University. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Functional Nutrition, Integrative Healthcare

How Nurses Benefit from a Certification in Phlebotomy

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 15, 2022

Nursing is an excellent example of a field where a general, far-reaching curriculum creates the foundation for the career. However, many nurses choose a role where they rely on a subset of their skills most of the time. Perhaps they are working with patients frequently who need specific procedures done but don't require blood draws or IVs as often.  After all, some healthcare settings have dedicated phlebotomists specializing in blood draws and other similar skills.

However, as a nurse, you may eventually want to move up or move on to a different setting, and knowing what will make you most attractive as a candidate for advancement or a new, in-demand role can be difficult. Nurses can distinguish themselves with phlebotomist certification, such as Portland Community College's phlebotomy technician program.

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Topics: Healthcare, Phlebotomy

The Essential Role of Sterile Processing Technicians (and How it Can Help Your Career)

Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on March 10, 2022

Hospitals and other clinical care facilities can only operate because they maintain meticulous attention to cleanliness. People expect hospital spaces to be clean to prevent complication risk due to exposure to outside bacteria or viruses.

As a result, healthcare settings employ Sterile Processing Technicians who are very well versed in how to completely, carefully, and quickly sterilize clinical spaces to be ready for use by another patient. For people who are naturally clean and sanitize every surface in their home, this can be a natural fit as a career. It is a rewarding chance to do good with your natural tendency toward cleanliness and an opportunity to enter the healthcare field with only a short training program.

Let's look more in-depth at the role of becoming a Sterile Processing Technician and how a one-term training course can jumpstart a career in the healthcare field.

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Topics: Healthcare, Entry Level Healthcare Careers

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