Essential Skills for Health Career Success provides a review of the basic academic skills, such as reading, writing, science, and math, required for a career in healthcare. Used for a stand-alone course or as a supplement, this text is ideal for students who need a basic skills boot camp or are enrolled in a bridge course. Extensive discussion of the healthcare industry introduces students to common jobs, educational requirements, workplace environments, as well as safety and infection control procedures. Soft skills needed for career success are also discussed, as students learn strategies for overcoming communication barriers as well as legal and ethical considerations pertaining to the healthcare field. Job search strategies, résumé and cover letter guidelines, and interviewing tips are included. Student outcomes are strengthened basic skills, increased comprehension of health careers, and improved job search focus.
Real-life scenarios encountered by healthcare workers form the basis of practice problems, introducing students to an on-the-job environment.
Self-assessment opportunities allow students to explore healthcare careers and identify those positions that best meet their needs, personality, and education goals.
A companion website provides additional activities to supplement the text and allow students to study on-the-go.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Healthcare Industry 2. Beginning Your Healthcare Career 3. Healthcare Ethics and Law 4. Safety and Infection Control 5. Study Skills 6. Reading Competence 7. Verbal and Written Communications 8. Medical Terminology and Disease 9. Science 10. Math 11. Healthcare Technology 12. Employability Skills
Jacquelyn Rhine Marshall - for 35 years, has been a medical professional; a medical careers instructor for Regional Occupational Programs, California; a medical writer; and a consultant/writer for the Center for Occupational Research and Development in Austin, Texas. Ms. Marshall has authored several textbooks and written medical course curriculum for the state of California. She has also developed several instructor guides and has edited or contributed to three medical series. Ms. Marshall holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, Hayward; and Notre Dame de Namur University.
Kay Lynette Stevens, Contributing Editor - is a professor and Department Chairperson of the Medical Assistant Program, and Insurance and Coding at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. Prior to joining the faculty at Saddleback College, she worked at hospitals as a critical care nurse and clinical educator. She also worked as a Program Coordinator teaching a variety of allied health courses to high school students and adults. She was a Professional Development Consultant and a Health Careers Master Teacher Trainer for the California State University Consortium and California Polytechnic University for 10 years. She has authored a textbook and has been the creator/editor of several additional texts in the Health Sciences.