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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest.

When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work long shifts doing many of the tiny, important tasks that keep us healthy, everything from school nurses who fix booboos with Band-Aids and send kids back to the playground, to nurses in hospitals who perform complicated, life-saving maneuvers on the sickest patients every day. During the coronavirus crisis, nurses are the first line of defense in clinics against the ravages of COVID-19. Many even exceed the already arduous call of duty. These are some of their stories

School nurse provides masks for the community

The pandemic closed schools but didn’t keep elementary school nurse Amber Mehrkens from helping others. She continued to check the temperatures of the childcare students at the school and those of the teachers preparing for distance learning. When she wasn’t in her office, she was home caring for her four children in Mazeppa, Minnesota. During pockets of spare time, Mehrkens began sewing. She created a few hundred masks with the fabric she had on hand, then placed them on her porch for her neighbors to take at no charge. She quickly depleted her supply of fabric and other supplies. After she and a few friends spent several hundred dollars at a craft store, they asked for donations to cover their costs. With help from her children and a few friends, Mehrkens has sewn over 4,000 masks and provided them to the local fire department and area businesses.

Here’s How Much Phlebotomists Make in 2022

Phlebotomists perform an invaluable role in the medical world and beyond. They draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, and research, not to mention explaining to their patients the procedures and help with the recovery of patients if they have adverse effects. Due in part to their central importance in these medical tasks, the jobs as phlebotomists are set to surge in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the projected growth in the employment of phlebotomists is estimated to be 22% from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for most jobs, adding an approximate 28,800 jobs to a 2020 base of 129,600 phlebotomists.

Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on phlebotomists, we’ve analyzed and compiled a summary of the average phlebotomist salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where phlebotomists make the most money, and where they’re making the least, in 2022.

10 States Where Phlebotomists Earn the Most Money in 2022

The national average annual wage of a phlebotomist specialist is $38,450, according to the BLS, just around $20,000 less the average annual salary for all occupations, $58,260. The average phlebotomist salary can vary substantially from state to state. The state with the highest average phlebotomist salary has an average that is $16,630 greater than the average salary for phlebotomists in the lowest-paying state. However, the highest-paying state for phlebotomists also has an average salary that’s a little more than $10,000 less than the average annual income for all occupations on the national level. The average national phlebotomist salary per hour is $18.49.

Shared from Forbes. Read entire article here.

 

Celebrate National Nurses Week 2022: May 6-12

From assisting with life-threatening ER crises to delivering babies and caring for the elderly in their last moments, nurses perform some of the most difficult and heartbreaking tasks in the medical world. As workers who perform the most essential healthcare tasks, nurses serve as the first point of contact for most patients.

National Nurses Week honors their contributions and sacrifices and reminds us to thank the medical professionals who keep us healthy. It is celebrated between May 6, National Nurses Day, and May 12, the birthdate of celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale.

Read about the history of National Nurses Week by visiting: National Today

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK ACTIVITIES

  1. Thank a nurse with a fresh meal or massage

    Nurses work long hours with few breaks and deserve a treat. Send a nurse in your life a surprise meal or spa session to show your appreciation!

  2. Donate blood

    If you are eligible, donating blood is an easy way to help ensure our healthcare system has the resources it needs to save lives.

    3. Write a thank-you note to the nurses you know

Write a heartfelt thank you note to a nurse (or several.) Let them know you see and appreciate their efforts.

5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NURSING

    1. Nursing used to be all-male

      In the Middle Ages, all-male religious orders cared for the sick and dying. Women began playing a larger role in religious hospitals in the 1600s.

    2. Nurses walk a lot

      On average, a nurse walks 4 to 5 miles on every 12-hour shift. That’s a 5k every day!

    3. People trust nurses

      Nursing is consistently rated as one of the most trusted professions in public polls.

    4. Half of foreign nurses are Filipino

      Nurses from the Philippines make up 50% of all foreign nurses in the U.S.

    5. Only 60% of nurses work in hospitals

      Almost half of nurses work in other locations including schools, hospice facilities, and private homes.

Five Careers You Can Start with Short-Term Training

Content Shared from CareerOneStop.org

Phlebotomist

What Phlebotomists Do: Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.

Work Environment: Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.

Pay: The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $36,320 in May 2020.

Job Outlook: Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.

How to Become a Phlebotomist: Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a certificate from a phlebotomy program. Almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Certified nursing assistant

What Nursing Assistants Do: Nursing assistants provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living.

Work Environment: Most nursing assistants work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are physically active and may need to help lift or move patients.

Pay: The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $30,850 in May 2020.

Job Outlook: Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants will be needed to help care for an increasing number of older patients.

How to Become a Nursing Assistant: Nursing assistants often need to complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam to become licensed or certified.

Commercial truck driver

What Truck Drivers Do: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another.

Work Environment: Working as a long-haul truck driver is a lifestyle choice because these drivers can be away from home for days or weeks at a time.

Pay: The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $47,130 in May 2020.

Job Outlook: Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

How to Become a Commercial Truck Driver: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck driving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Personal Trainer (or Fitness Trainer or Instructor)

What Fitness Trainers and Instructors Do: Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities.

Work Environment: Fitness trainers and instructors work in facilities such as recreation centers, health clubs, and yoga studios. Many work variable or part-time schedules that may include nights, weekends, or holidays.

Pay: The median annual wage for fitness trainers and instructors was $40,510 in May 2020.

Job Outlook: Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

How to Become a Fitness Trainer or Instructor: The education and training typically required for fitness trainers and instructors varies by type of specialty, and employers prefer to hire those with certification.

Wind Turbine Technician

What Wind Turbine Technicians Do: Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines.

Work Environment: Wind turbine service technicians generally work outdoors, in confined spaces, and often at great heights. Although the majority of windtechs work full time, they may also be on call to handle emergencies during evenings and weekends.

Pay: The median annual wage for wind turbine technicians was $56,230 in May 2020.

Job Outlook: Employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 61 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.

How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician: Most wind turbine service technicians learn their trade by attending a technical school. They also receive on-the-job training.

Information in this article comes from the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Depatment of Labor.

What Are Your Options After High School?

Article shared from CareerOneStop.org.

Wondering about what your options are once you complete high school – besides a 4-year degree? School counselors want students and parents to know the full range of options open to them as they think ahead to graduation.

As part of their mission, the American School Counselor Association sponsors a podcast called “I hear you say”; a recent podcast focused on how to expand the scope of students’ future options beyond college. Below are some of the key points and CareerOneStop resources to explore further.

Suggestions for how to look at the “after high school” decision

  • School counselors emphasize that there’s no one size fits all. Sometimes people get the idea there’s only one idea of success. Students at age 17 or 18 can feel pushed into a decision when they really aren’t ready, don’t know what they want to do, or may not want to attend college but don’t see other realistic options. Families and communities need to value all career and education options.
  • A good question to start from is: What is the right path for this student, at this time? The focus of planning for after high school should be to explore the full range of options and discover what makes sense for the student.
  • A four-year degree is not plan A, and all the other possibilities are plan B. Media, cultural signals, and many parents reinforce the idea that college is the best path, but different directions should be considered.
  • Students can feel intimidated, but it’s important to think about what they would like to do after high school, what they can see themselves doing in a job or career. If it’s a 4-year degree, consider what you want to study, what you want to do with a degree, vs making just “going to college” the default goal.
  • Students should also realize that they are making a decision at age 17 or 18 that will likely change. This is just the next step and they will learn and grow from it, and may take a different direction down the road.

Broaden options beyond high school

School counselors want students to learn about their full range of options. Within each of the categories below, there are many directions to take, but these outline the major paths a student might take after high school:

  • Military career
  • Join the workforce with a job right out of high school. Many employers are more and more willing to pay for education for employees, so students might continue their education while working.
  • Apprenticeships to “learn while you earn” in a range of different types of jobs
  • Short-term training programs (a few months up to less than 2 years) for a career-qualifying certificate from a community college
  • Associates degree programs, a 2-year degree earned at either a 2-year school, or a 4-year school that offers a 2-year program.
  • Bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university
  • Gap year, maybe to learn a skill, or contribute to a cause

How to support your student to see their future possibilities?

Parents can help students make educated decisions. “Stick to the data” to set appropriate expectations.

School counselors often welcome parents and students to schedule an appointment to meet with them together. It’s important to start the conversation. Listen to what the student is looking to do. Offer information. For example, students often lack context for a future career, so show them labor market data – such as typical pay for different careers, and the importance of a strong job market outlook.

If college is the direction a student chooses, students and parents can look at data about different programs, such as job placement of graduates, and typical earnings for graduates of different programs.  They can use the net cost calculator (available on every college’s website) to help determine actual costs for attending that college.

CareerOneStop resources

  • Hot careers reports – See lists of careers that are fastest-growing, have the most openings, highest-paying, and more
  • Job Finder – Find job openings in your local area
  • Job Corps – Free training program for eligible young adults ages 16-24
  • Apprenticeship information – Apprenticeships combine a full-time job with training—and prepare workers to enter in-demand careers.
  • Short-term training – Classes and programs that can help you find a job, get a promotion, or earn more money, all less than 2 years.
  • About college – Information about types of colleges and how to pay for college
  • Local Training Finder – Search for certificate programs (less than 2 years), 2-year and 4-year college programs in your local area

Other resource

College Scorecard – Use this U.S. Department of Education tool to compare colleges and programs, including costs, admissions, outcomes, and more.

Sumner College, an ABHES and CCNE Accredited School

Sumner College is proud to be accredited with ABHES and the CCNE. Why is this important to you as a student? Because it gives you some assurance that you are receiving a quality education and will gain recognitions by other colleges and employers of course credits and degrees earned during your time at the school.

Sumner College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Health Education Schools (ABHES), is authorized by the Office of Degree Authorization (ODA), and is approved by the Department of Education.

The Registered Nursing Program and the Practical Nursing program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN). Graduates of the Registered Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam. Only graduates of medical assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) are eligible to take the (AAMA) Certification Examination.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

*Sumner College is a business corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degree described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization.

#Hiring Nursing Program Administrative Position

Sumner College is hiring an Administrative Assistant for the Nursing Program. Submit your qualifications and resume to employment@sumnercollege.edu 

Position: Administrative Assistant, Nursing Program

Supervisor: Senior Administrative Assistant

The primary responsibilities are assisting the Senior Administrative Assistant and Department Chair with all tasks related to managing the nursing and medical assisting programs and to provide administrative support and perform clerical duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Orders skills lab supplies, equipment, scrubs and when additional items are needed
  • Orders books for new and existing students in a timely manner and sends out eBook codes to students
  • Meets the needs of the faculty when asked to complete tasks (load new material, order desk copies, fittings for scrubs, assist in obtaining resources when requested)
  • Updates curriculum syllabi, student handbook, catalog and booklist, expense report
  • Procure student supplies for pick up, scrub fitting for students, and processes orientation paperwork for department
  • Schedules, oversees and assures student immunization records, certifications and background checks and drug testing are completed and filed
  • Communicates with students in person and via email with what is needed from them
  • Faculty and Advisory Board meeting minutes
  • Creates and modifies documents when required
  • Assists students when requested; adequate follow up to assure student is satisfied
  • Maintains a clean office space; orderly, organized and presentable for students and faculty
  • Maintains hard copy and electronic filing system
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of academic culture, policies, and procedures
  • Competent in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • 401K Plan with a 5% Company Match
  • 2 weeks Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Please submit resumes to employment@sumnercollege.edu

Curious About Phlebotomy? Here’s What You Need to Know.
According to WebMD, Phlebotomy is when someone uses a needle to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. Also called a blood draw or venipuncture, it’s an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions.Usually the blood is sent to a laboratory for testing. But sometimes the blood is withdrawn as a treatment for certain medical conditions. This is called therapeutic phlebotomy. It removes extra red blood cells, unusually shaped red blood cells, or extra iron in the blood. Therapeutic phlebotomy is used to treat people with:

What to Expect

You won’t have to do anything to prepare for most blood tests. Some require you to fast, or not eat, for 8-12 hours ahead of time. Your doctor should give you instructions before you come in.

To get blood drawn, you’ll sit in a chair or lie down. The person who takes the blood will ask you to make a fist with your hand. Then they’ll tie a band, called a tourniquet, around your upper arm. This makes your veins pop out a little more, which will make it easier to insert the needle in the right place.

You may feel a pinch or sting when the needle goes into your arm. The needle will be attached to a small tube that lets your blood flow into a test tube or bag.If you’re having blood drawn for tests, you may need to fill one or more test tubes. The process usually takes just a few minutes.

If you’re having blood removed as part of a treatment, the amount of time it takes depends on how much blood is needed. Most of the time it takes 2-3 minutes to get enough blood for a test.

When the lab has the amount they need, the nurse or technician will take the needle out of your arm, remove the tourniquet, and bandage the area. They might ask you to gently press down on the gauze spot for a few minutes until the bleeding stops. You might even wear the bandage for a few hours.

Risks and Side Effects

There are few risks. While you may find the process uncomfortable, you should be OK soon afterward.

You could get sick to your stomach if the sight of blood bothers you or if you’re afraid of needles. Don’t feel bad — this is common. You might even have what’s called a vasovagal reaction. This physical response from your nervous system could make you feel dizzy, break out in a sweat, and cause your heart rate or blood pressure to drop. You could even faint.Relaxation techniques like deep breathing may help. You can also look at something else to distract yourself.

If you feel dizzy afterward, lie or sit down and put your head between your knees until you stop feeling lightheaded.

Over the next day, you may see redness or bruising where the needle went in. The spot might be a little sore, too. Most side effects go away soon afterward.

The doctor might tell you to drink plenty of fluids, avoid alcohol, and not to exercise for the next few hours.

History of Phlebotomy

Humans have been bloodletting for thousands of years. It began with the Egyptians and spread to the Greeks and Romans before reaching Asia and Europe.

The practice once was a commonly used treatment for many medical conditions such as feverheadache, loss of appetite, and digestion issues.

It was considered controversial because doctors sometimes drew very large amounts of blood. This was the case with George Washington, the first president of the United States. In 1799, after being outside in snowy weather, he became ill and developed a fever. To treat him, his doctors drained about 40% of his blood. He died the next night.

Over time, bloodletting was proved to be an ineffective and, in some cases, dangerous treatment. By the end of the 19th century, it wasn’t as common as it once was.

Today, phlebotomy in Western culture is used for medical testing and to treat only a few specific blood diseases.

Article is shared from WebMD.

It’s Time to Ditch Stereotypes About Male Nurses

Men become Nurses for the same reason women do, to take care of people. And even though Male Nurses are becoming more common, they still face constant stereotyping on the job.

In order to provide optimum care and reduce health disparities, our healthcare professionals should be as diverse as the patient population they serve. This means Men must become equally represented in the Nursing field.

Increasing the number of Men in Nursing is seen as difficult because of social stigmas and stereotypes. Some common stereotypes that must be crushed are:

Women’s Work

Nursing is viewed as a female dominated profession, but that is changing. Back in the 1960’s Men made up about 2% of Nurses in the United States. In 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number is closer to 13%.

People tend to associate caregiving and nurturing with women’s roles and simply because of their gender, Men are believed to be lacking these things and can’t be a good Nurse. This of course isn’t true.

This misconception can dissuade skilled and caring men from entering the field, preventing them from truly helping people.

“In my neighborhood, especially my old friends, they always thought that being a Nurse was a job for females,” said Geovany Ruiz, who plans to work as an Oncology Nurse. “So, I put off being a Nurse for a long time. But when it comes down to doing the job, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. We can both do the job.”

Sexual Orientation

Other stereotypes that branch from the field being female dominated is Men’s sexual orientation, including the belief that male Nurses are Gay. Or the opposite belief that Men join the profession with a higher female to male ratio with the idea that they have a better chance to achieve relationships.

“It’s important to note this stereotype is often fueled by a patient’s own insecurities and fears. Don’t take it personally; keep calm and be patient with them. Again, educating patients on the evolving role of Nursing and how it’s not a gender-specific role can help combat this stereotype,” advises George Zangaro, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean at Walden University School of Nursing.

Doctor or Failed Doctor

Some people see a Man in scrubs or with a stethoscope and assume he is a Doctor. Other people assume that when a Male Nurse isn’t a Doctor it’s because he failed to become one. This harmful stereotype is rooted in the belief that Nurses are inferior to Physicians and that Nurses are Women and Doctors are Men.

Television and movies have a strong influence on society’s perception of Men and Women in healthcare.

Mark Gustin, RN, at Brandon Regional Hospital said, “The worst thing for Men in Nursing was ‘Meet the Parents’ because it emphasized the social stigma that Women are Nurses and Men are Doctors, Directors, and CEOs.”

A great way to combat these stereotypes is by educating patients that Nursing is not gender-specific and that Women are also entering a number of typically male-dominated fields.

Topics: male nursemale nursesnursing professionmale nurse stereotypes

What You Need to Know About Correctional Nursing

There is a dire need for healthcare professionals to care for America’s incarcerated patient population. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, according to the World Prison Brief. With approximately 2.1 million people behind bars.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people who work as Registered Nurses, including Correctional Nurses, could rise by 9% from 2020 to 2030.

Correctional health care requires a compassion that sees beyond a person’s criminal record and can provide quality care in a unique setting.

According to Indeed, some of the skills a Correctional Nurse should have are similar to a Nurse in any professional environment, with 1 additional skill:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Emergency response
  • Knowledge of how to interact with inmates

As a Correctional Nurse, you provide a wide variety of care including intake and testing, treating preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, chronic illnesses ranging from influenza to AIDS, and emergency injuries such as broken bones and puncture wounds.

Some patients may need to be taken through detox due to substance abuse and others may have symptoms of mental illness. With such a range of health issues, it’s important to have a broad set of skills and be able to act quickly.

Dodge Correctional Institution’s Nursing Supervisor, Paula Stelsel said, “Working here, I’ve touched on everything from dialysis to post-op to hospice care. You’re getting a little bit of everything, and if you enjoy patient education, what a great place to come and work.”

Many people have the notion that working in a correctional facility would be unsafe, however these facilities follow strict security protocols to ensure safety. In any hospital or healthcare setting, Nurses face safety risks.

“There’s a perception out there that prisons are like people seen on TV, dirty and dangerous. But that’s not the case. They’re really not that far from a regular clinic that everyone and anyone goes to. The clientele is just a bit different. A lot of inmates haven’t had care, so you can enact meaningful change just by providing your compassionate care as a Nurse. Their health literacy is pretty low, and a lot of them are very appreciative of the help that you give them, the compassion that you show them, the empathy. They’ve just never experienced those things.” said, Registered Nurse Robert Frank.

According to PayScale, the average annual base salary for Correctional Nurses is $54,000 and total pay ranges from $38,000 to $78,000. Correctional Nurse salaries are determined by many factors such as experience, credentials, and location.

Overall, Correctional Nursing is an interesting healthcare option that provides a different, rewarding experience each day.

Check out the video below to see a day in the life of a Correctional Nurse.

 

 

Topics: correctional nursingcorrections nursecorrectional health care

Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Until August 31
Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced an extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections through August 31, 2022. While the economy continues to improve and COVID cases continue to decline, President Biden has made clear the continuing need to respond to the pandemic and its economic consequences, as well as to allow for the responsible phase-down of pandemic relief.

The extension will provide additional time for borrowers to plan for the resumption of payments, reducing the risk of delinquency and defaults after restart. During the extension, the Department will continue to assess the financial impacts of the pandemic on student loan borrowers and to prepare to transition borrowers smoothly back into repayment. This includes allowing all borrowers with paused loans to receive a “fresh start” on repayment by eliminating the impact of delinquency and default and allowing them to reenter repayment in good standing. The Department will also continue to provide loan relief, including to borrowers who have been defrauded by their institutions and those eligible for relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. FSA will establish new partnerships to ensure that borrowers working in public service are automatically credited with progress toward forgiveness, eliminating paperwork that prevents many borrowers from getting help. FSA will also continue to transfer loans to servicers committed to working under new, stronger accountability rules.

“The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that student loan borrowers have a smooth transition back to repayment,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “This additional extension will allow borrowers to gain more financial security as the economy continues to improve and as the nation continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It remains a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration to support students, families, and borrowers – especially those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. During the pause, we will continue our preparations to give borrowers a fresh start and to ensure that all borrowers have access to repayment plans that meet their financial situations and needs.”

More information about the payment pause and supports for borrowers can be found at StudentAid.gov.

Today’s action is one in a series of steps the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to support students and borrowers, make an education beyond high school more affordable, and improve student loan servicing. In just over one year, the Department has provided over $17 billion in targeted loan relief to over 700,000 borrowers. Actions within that include:

  • Revamping the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in October, which has already allowed the Department to identify more than 100,000 borrowers eligible for $6.4 billion in loan relief. As part of that effort, the Department implemented a Limited PSLF Waiver to count all prior payments made by student borrowers toward PSLF, regardless of the loan program. Borrowers who are working in public service but have not yet applied for PSLF should do so before October 31, 2022, and can find out more at StudentAid.gov/PSLF.
  • Providing $7.8 billion in relief for more than 400,000 borrowers who have a total and permanent disability.
  • Approving $2 billion in borrower defense claims to approximately 107,000 borrowers, including extending full relief to approved claims and approving new types of claims.
  • Providing $1.26 billion in closed school discharges to 107,000 borrowers who attended the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute.
  • Helping 30,000 small business owners with student loans seeking help from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Article shared from the Department of Ed.

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

#HiringHealthCare

Sumner College is growing and we are now recruiting for a Medical Assistant Instructor. As a Medical Assisting Instructor you will teach classes for the medical assisting program, assist in developing curriculum, grading examinations, answering student questions and training students to be the best in their career. Through support and coaching, the instructor will promote and direct successful student learning. While complying with all state and federal laws. Interested candidates, contact Human Resources at 503.972-6230.

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Sumner College Phlebotomy graduates are thriving in Arizona. Are you next?

If you desire an collaborative career, phlebotomy is the occupation for you. Not only is the profession’s abilities regularly expanding, but phlebotomists are able to

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#HealthcareCareer in Phlebotomy – Enroll Today at Sumner College Arizona

Sumner College Arizona provides unique opportunities for our students to learn and develop practical experiences before they begin their career.  Phlebotomy continues to grow as

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Nursing Assisting Median Annual Wages

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CNA – Job Projected Outlook 2020-2030

Job Outlook Nursing Assistants and Orderlies Percent change in employment, projected 2020-30 Home health and personal care aides; and nursing assistants, orderlies, and psychiatric aides

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CNA – Job Summary – What does a CNA Do?

Now is a great time to pursue a career as a Nursing Assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Nursing Assistants Job

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Now Hiring – Financial Aid Officer

Financial Aid Officer  Within a centralized financial aid services environment, evaluates, approves, and awards financial aid to students in accordance with federal, state, and college

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Joanna Russell visits with CW’s Nicole DeCosta about the RN to BSN Program at Sumner College

RN's that already have their Associates Degree have so many more options for continuing education. Joanna Russell, President, Sumner College talks with Nicole DeCosta, CW's

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Interview with Joanna Russell and CW’s Nicole DeCosta

Right now is a great time to enter the healthcare field interview with Joanna Russell, President, Sumner College. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwtLsLKZKZc[/embed]

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Informational Sessions – Seats Available June 15th

Sumner College has a few remaining seats open for the June 15th Nursing Informational Session with President, Joanna Russell. It's all online! Sign up now

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Nursing Assistant Types

UCNA, CNA, and LNA Note: As of July 1, 2016, Arizona offers two types of nursing assistant credentials in Arizona: Certified Nursing Assistant, designated as

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Class of 2022 Entering the Best Job Market in Years

Great NBC News story highlighting the job search experience for recent grads like Aga Sophia Noel, an Occupational Therapy Assistance graduate from CECU member career

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Now Hiring – Dean of Students

Sumner College is hiring for a Dean of Students. Title: Dean of Students Supervisor: Vice President Job Summary: The Dean of Students is part of

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Joanna Russell visits with CW’s Everyday Northwest

President, Joanna Russell visited with Ashley Howard from CW's Everyday Northwest to discuss continuing education options in nursing.   [embed]https://youtu.be/2lMNewz-GeY[/embed]

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Tiffany

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Tiffany is a recent PN grad. She shares her story, "Working as a phlebotomist at a plasma

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. Image credit: COURTESY MARK SHIPMAN When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

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Heartwarming Stories of Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond Their Call of Duty

Article and Image Content shared from Readers Digest. When it comes to kindness, compassion, and caring for others, nurses have us all beat. They work

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Personal Finance – Here’s How Much Money Phlebotomists Make In Every State In 2022

Phlebotomists perform an invaluable role in the medical world and beyond. They draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, and research, not to mention explaining to

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Sumner College Blood Drive

Last week Sumner College held a blood drive. Here are some photos from the day.

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Sharon

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Sharon is a recent Medical Assisting grad. She shares her story, "Before enrolling in Sumner College’s

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Patrick

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Patrick is a recent LPN grad. He shares his  story, "Prior to enrolling at Sumner College,

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ALL IN: Johnson&Johnson WellBeing for Healthcare Campaign

ALL IN: WellBeing First for Healthcare is a call to action by #FirstRespondersFirst and The Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation as a coalition of leading

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Lyric

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Lyric is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to attending Sumner College, I

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#Hiring a Clinical Coordinator – Nursing Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Clinical Coordinator for Nursing Programs Supervisor: College President Job Description of Clinical Coordinator: The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for acquiring and maintaining clinical sites

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Sunday, May 7th is Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from Sumner College!

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Kaitlyn

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Kaitlyn is a recent LPN grad. She shares her story, "Wanting to expand my skills as

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Celebrating Sumner Graduates | Meet Julie

At Sumner College, we like to celebrate our graduates. Julie is a recent RN grad. She shares her story, "Prior to enrolling in Sumner College’s

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Now Hiring! Nurse Educator Associate Labs & Clinicals

Job Summary: The Nurse Educator Associate will teach, guide students in their labs and clinicals, along with enhancing the design of the curriculum. This person

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