Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The human brain is able to multitask successfully in part because of three layers of memory that store information on a need to know basis. Researchers at Rice University say predictability is key. It frees up resources in the brain so a person can effectively multitask. That's why when a task is done over and over again in the same way, it becomes automatized so other tasks can be accomplished at the same time.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Health care is a life and death business, even on the best days and in the finest facilities — and the current health care worker shortage is making an ...
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Medical assistants must not refer to themselves as "nurses"
By Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA Executive Director, Legal Counsel
It is unethical, illegal, and a disservice to the medical assisting profession for medical assistants to refer to themselves as “nurses,” “office nurses,” “doctors’ nurses,” or any other generic term that even remotely implies that medical assistants are nurses.
- Balasa DA. Your office staff can get you sued: protect your practice by employing CMAs (AAMA). CMA Today. 2010; 43(3): 6–7. Published July 1, 2006. Reprinted May 1, 2010.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
House Bill 560 - Vote March 8, 2010
This bill would delete the current education requirements for polysom licensure which mandated the applicant be a CAAHEP accredited graduate and replace this statutory requirement with provisions that will permit the AASM's A Step 2 week training course (with an additional 18 on line modules taken while providing clinical services defined within the scope of practice) to become an approved "education" pathway to licensure in Maryland
When an individual is provided an option of either enrolling, paying tuition and taking a year or more accredited education program OR taking the option of paying for a 2 week course and then being employed with pay in an entity providing sleep disorder services (while completing while employed the 18 on line courses), I believe most will opt for the 2 week A Step course. Both individuals will meet the education requirements for polysom licensure.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The 4-Stage Response to Low Student Achievement
By John Lemuel
When the results come in from the first test in my introductory survey course, I am not surprised by the large number of D's and F's. I've come rather to expect that many, if not most, of the students will fail.
The subject matter is not rocket science, and the homework load for each session of the course is modest: 15 pages of textbook reading, or 40 to 50 pages in supplementary nonfiction books written for a general audience. I average students' final grades from four objective tests and three subjective papers.
My homework expectations are near those found to produce the best results by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a stinging indictment of low expectations in higher education. I require a little less than the 20 pages of writing that Arum and Roksa deem optimal for an intro course, but I assign a little more than the 40 pages of reading a week that they recommend.
That amount of work, it turns out, is way more than many of my students have bargained for. Why that is the case can be variously explained, but the fact itself cannot be denied. It's something college instructors have to deal with. Here's what I've noticed about how we do that.