Category Archives: Career

A Snapshot of a Career In Health Information Management/Clinical Data Coding

  • Ensure the data quality integrity and compliance
  • Protect the security of medical records to ensure that Privacy and confidentiality is maintained.
  • Review records for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with regulations.
  • Manage and audit user access of patient medical records.
  • Assign the patient to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), using appropriate computer software.
  • Process patient admission or discharge documents.
  • The certificate may be international
  • Informational interviews: https://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo

Credentials: www.AHIMA.org

  • Health Information credentials:
    • RHIT (associate degree) RHIA (bachelor’s degree) encompass all of coding plus…management, legal compliance, informatics, analysis, EHR, and reimbursement.
  • Coding Credentials:
    • CCA (entry-level credential both out and inpatient)

Mastery Levels (specialized) CCA plus one (1) year of coding experience

  • CCS (inpatient, long term: Acute Care, residential, assisted living)
  • CCS-P (outpatient: higher-level codes)

Career Direction: https://my.ahima.org/careermap

Coding and Revenue

  • Auditor, clinical documentation specialist, HIM revenue cycle auditor, and Benefits coordinator
  • HIM Supervisor

Information Governance: Who sees the information and how

Data Analytics: Data Quality Assurance roles

Informatics:  Getting the information: Data analyst, clinical coordinator, and research and development

Salary: AHIMA Salary snapshot: http://www.ahima.org/downloads/2016_Salary_Snapshot_FINAL_2.pdf

Career Resources

NOVA’s Program: https://www.nvcc.edu/medical/divisions/allied/him.html 

Stay in Touch! Health Science and Nursing LinkedIn Showcase Page

We wanted to extend an invitation for you to join our campus  Health Science and Nursing LinkedIn showcase page. We developed this page with the support of our college marketing team to serve as an outreach and retention tool. The page will provide a space for our campus community to stay connected and informed. We hope to share relevant career advice, job opportunities for alumni and posting information about current and upcoming healthcare industry topics. We also invite faculty and staff to send any relevant topics, ideas or articles they would like share with our campus community.  In addition, an affiliated group page serves as a virtual space for MEC alumni and students to network.

We are excited to launch this initiative and look forward to your ongoing support as we serve our students and community.

LinkedIn Showcase page NOVA AllHealth Science & Nursing, https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/27023225/

LinkedIn Medical Education Campus Group, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8633849

If you are on Facebook we recommend that you like our page and follow our post at http://www.facebook.com/novamecss.

2019 Health Science and Nursing Career Fair March 7th, 11:00 am-2:00pm

Register today and meet with area employers:

https://meccareerfair.eventbrite.com 

Check out the Employers who will be at our Career Fair:

Career Corner Sept 2019

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Creating Your Brand

Personal branding is creating a professional and personal reputation. How you want people to see you as a person and a colleague. It helps bring to light your goals and how you will achieve them as a person.

Employees will google you, they will build an image of you online, resume, phone interview, ad in-person interview

  1. Determine your emotional appeal
    • How do I make people feel?
    • How would someone describe me?
    • Make a list of words to describe you.
  2. Determine your description of what or who your brand is for
    • What industry (e.g. healthcare)
    • Target Market (look for common terms used in your specific field)
  3. Determine your function what do you do
    1. What transferable skills/skills do you have to bring to the position.
  4. Put it all together to create your professional summary
How to begin to prepare for job placement now

Journal Writing

will not only help you reflect on your day, but will also help gather your experiences to draw from when interviewing.

Soft skills in Healthcare:

Empathy, communication, team player, strong work ethic, positivity, and flexibility are all needed in the healthcare industry. While on clinical you will need to shine in these skills.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/healthcare-importance-soft-skills-dan-hobson-healthcare-recruitment-

Career tips: Elevator Pitch

What is Your Story is a clip from  Coursera course titled,  Career 911: Your Future in Medicine and Healthcare.  This clip talks about creating your Elevator Pitch.   An Elevator Pitch it a short story that touches upon who you are as a  professional.

As a student, you will be meeting new people throughout the two years of your program.  During your clinical, you could be meeting future colleagues and future employers.  Review the video on developing your elevator pitch.  This will help you develop brief introduction on you and your professional journey.

https://www.coursera.org/learn/healthcarejobs/lecture/qOObE/what-is-your-story

How to earn an extra $11,500 your first year out of Nursing School

Sometimes the best choice is apparent others times not so much. Moving from the jumble of options to a concrete action can be the most daunting step to take. The field of economics gives us some tools to help us narrow down our choices. By applying some basic tools, we can rank choices to arrive at an action. This will involve converting your options into dollar values. Let us consider a case study.

A student is deciding between attending NOVA or George Mason (GMU) Nursing Fall 2018. Thier goal is to earn a BSN eventually. This student has been accepted into both programs and has completed all general education courses so that they only need to take Nursing core classes.

If she decides to go to NOVA, she will complete an associate of applied science in nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX exam, thus earning her Registered Nursing license (RN). The program will take 18 months or two school years to complete and cost her around $7,293.00 in tuition at the current Fall 2018 rate of $187 per credit hour. She will start a job as early as July 2020 earning approximately $60,000 starting.
Becuase she intends to continue her studies, she completes her BSN via the GMU RN to BSN program which adds approximately $15,000 and one school year.

So far the student has spent four semesters, for her ADN plus two for her RN to BSN or approximately 26 months. She will have paid $7,293.00 plus $15,000 for an approximate total of $22,293.

The student could have also opted to go to the GMU BSN program. Had she done so she would have spent four semesters completing her BSN/RN graduating May 2020. She will have paid approximately, $33,800*  in tuition and fees, and started work as a BSN RN earning roughly $60,000 August of 2020.

In summary, her decision in the spring of 2018 between GMU and NOVA means completing her BSN one year sooner and paying around $11,507 extra Or finishing the BSN a year later and saving the $11,507.

If she chose NOVA and starts at $60,000**  plus the $11,507 savings at the end of her first year of work as a nurse, she would have earned $71,507. In this case, the savings can be counted as earnings.

*Because of financial aid options and available scholarships, the total cost for either option can be significantly reduced.

*GMU tuition estimate based on completion of Nursing courses(  62 credits) only, and assumes all general education courses have been completed. tuition is based on current Summer 2018 tuition rates and fees 

** Salary estimates based on O*Net Online and Salary.com estimate for nurses with 0-1 year of work experience. in the Washington DC metro area.