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Medical worker shortage goes beyond doctors

A need to hire more doctors has caused some states to fast-track doctor training. “Some doctors in the state of California will soon be able to practice after three years of medical school instead of the traditional four,” NPR recently reported. “The American Medical Association is providing seed money for the effort in the form of a $1 million, five-year grant to the University of California at Davis.”

The article went on to report that “Student Ngabo Nzigira is in his sixth week of medical school and he’s already interacting with patients during training with a doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. In a traditional med school, Nzigira wouldn’t be in a clinic until his third year. In this accelerated course, students can shave up to $60,000 off the cost of their medical education. But Nzigira had hesitations.”

“I thought, ‘Oh man, you want me to put the intensity and stress that is medical school in four years, you want me to condense it down to three years. I’m not sure about that,’ ” Nzigira says. But after learning more, he became convinced it was a good path for him.

In the article,Dr. Tonya Fancher, director of the program, calledAccelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care, says a shortage of doctors is the reason behind the new plan.

“There’s a huge problem, a huge shortage of primary care physicians,” Fancher says.

But medical schools aren’t producing enough primary care doctors. Students may start med school saying they want to be internists or family practice doctors, but then end up choosing specialties that deliver higher salaries and shorter hours.

“Students come into medical school and they’re passionate about patients, passionate about primary care, and then that wanes over time,” Fancher says. “Part of it is the debt that they accrue, and part of it is the models of primary care that they’re exposed to.”

This is an example of the growing demand for doctors, but there is also a growing demand for nursing assistants. Even with one year cut from doctor training, it still takes several years of school to become a doctor or nurse. However, the nursing assistant profession can be entered with far less training, especially from a school like The Healthcare Institute.

It’s not just doctors that are in short supply as medical employers across the country, and in the San Antonio area, are looking to also hire more nursing assistants.

If you have always had an interest in working in the medical field, then becoming a nursing assistant could be the right fit for you and there has hardly been a better time to seek professional medical assistant training from a school like The Healthcare Institute than right now. The Healthcare Institute’s nursing assistant training program teaches students the ins and outs of the profession, including assisting with examinations, obtaining vital signs, performing office laboratory procedures and a variety of other tasks today’s healthcare employers require from nurse assistants.

Many jobseekers are drawn to this profession because it offers them the chance to help others and play an important role in the medical industry. Nursing assistants are in increasing demand, especially those with relevant training in today’s clinical and administrative tasks that are a central part to the medical industry.

The nurse assistant profession is one career in the healthcare field that offers the chance to work closely with medical professionals and patients and professionally trained medical assistants are able to provide valuable support through various clinical procedures and this field is also one of the fastest growing in the nation.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the nursing assistant field will grow by as much as 34 percent over the next decade with nearly 200,000 positions needing to be filled as the healthcare industry continues to grow. The prospect of a good paying and stable career in this growing field have made it an attractive destination for job seekers, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics also cautions those looking to enter this field to obtain professional training, as those that do are in a better position to secure employment as a medical assistant and are much more likely to last in this field, which can be challenging, especially to those that lack proper training.

The Healthcare Institute’s nursing assistant training program teaches students the ins and outs of the profession, including assisting with examinations, obtaining vital signs, performing office laboratory procedures and a variety of other tasks today’s healthcare employers require from nurse assistants.

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