Monday, March 27, 2017

Average Salary for Dental Hygienists

There are various modes of payments for dental hygienists including salary based earnings, payment depending on performance and hourly payments. 

A Closer Look at How Dental Hygienists are Paid

· Hourly Payment with an Additional Commission- this is where the dental hygienist is entitled to a monthly salary with an additional incentive for their efficient performance. 

· Straight Commission- this type of payment mode is helpful in cases where the dental hygienist is placed in a situation that may carry some financial risk. When a new dental clinic opens and they are looking to protect their capital, the owner may offer a commission based payment structure to the hygienist. With this type of financial arrangement, the hygienist is in a position of earning up to 33% of the hygiene production which is higher compared to hourly payment mode. 

· Hourly with a Bonus Payment Mode- in this case the dental hygienist is offered bonuses which in most cases is 10-20 percent of the total services offered and billed for. The bonuses act as an incentive to motivate the hygienist to improve her efficiency. 

Latest National Statistics on Dental Hygienist Compensation

In statistics released in 2015 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a dental hygienist was $72,330 with the best-paid pocketing $97,390 and the lowest paid taking home an average of $49,190. Considering these statistics, dental hygienists have an attractive starting salary. This is especially true for hygienists who work part-time; just under 50% of hygienists don't work full-time. 

The Department of Labor states that the ambulatory healthcare service in the dental industry was the best-paid department. Practitioners in this department earned a salary of $83,360 annually. 

Geographical Compensation for Dental Hygienists

Geographical location also determines how much a dental hygienist makes with some states paying more than others do. In the District of Columbia, for instance, the average annual salary for a full-time hygienist is currently $93,920, followed by Washington, which pays an average of $92,610.

Dental hygienists practicing in metropolitan areas of California State including Sacramento & San Francisco are compensated more than the rest of the state. Other metropolitan areas of the state that enjoy better compensation include Corvallis, Santa Cruz, and Oregon. In Washington, the Mount Vernon area hygienists enjoy better compensation too. 

Compensation in California

Dental hygienists in California are most often paid either in hourly or monthly basis. The hourly wages start from $32.17 up to $58.53. The median hourly rate in this case being $46.45. The typical average dental hygienist salary in the State ranges from $66,910 going up to $121,730. The average salary of a full-time hygienist, as of 2015, is $96,910. 

Dental Hygiene Educational Requirements

To venture in the field, a student is required to hold a degree in dental hygiene. Additionally, each state requires that every dental hygienist be licensed. Other requirements, though not a mandatory, are certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

To work in a private dental clinic, a hygienist is required to possess at least an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene. For students interested in working in research, teaching, clinical practice, or private or public health programs, a master's or bachelor’s degree is usually required. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

2016 LVN Salary Survey

From 2015 to 2016, the average LVN salary rose just over 2.5%; the median hourly rate nationwide now sits at $21.27. BLS had their 2015 pay at $20.76, with rated increases in 23 of the 30 metropolitan areas surveyed. Texas saw the largest increase, now sitting at $22.77.

Licensed Vocational Nurses in California are still seeing their pay stuck near the bottom. The for-profit LVN programs are still popping up like crazy, all over the place. Paying 40k and dedicating 12-18 months for a 20/hr gig. Yikes. Even at that cost, their classes stay jam-packed. Thankfully a few scammy ones have been shut down recently, but over 80% of the 150 or so accredited LVN programs listed on the BVNPT site are for-profit. California Community Colleges are dropping their LVN programs left and right(5 shut down their programs in 2016), as are District Adult Schools.

LVN Salary in Bakersfield, Ca

Pay for newly licensed LVN's in Bakersfield is still below the State and National averages. 2016 saw the starting salary at $19.18. Pay for LVN's at Kaiser Permanente facilities are still the exception when it comes to pay and benefits: The average pay for LVN's at the Kern County Kaiser outpatient clinics averages just under $31.00/hour. Kaiser is still contracting with San Joaquin Community Hospital for inpatient services.

Fresno County LVN Pay

The average hourly rate for LVN's in Fresno County went from $23.10 in 2014 to $24.34 in 2016. Community Regional Medical Center remains the largest employer of nurses, both LVN and RN, in the San Joaquin Valley. Most of the LVN's work at the Subacute & Transitional Care Center in Fresno.

Fresno City College still has the LVN-RN bridge program. LVN's used to go in 3rd semester, but now have to go in 2nd semester. Regardless, it remains a popular bridge program. With the average RN hourly rate currently sitting at $42.29, many LVN's are willing to put in the 3 semesters. The 169 bed inpatient facility at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center still offers the highest pay for both LVN's and RN's.

States with the Highest & Lowest LVN Pay

Connecticut remains the highest paying state with an average of $25.93/hour. Nevada still has the number 2 spot with a mean wage of $25.23/hour. West Virginia and Mississippi are tied for dead last with a mean wage of $14.15/hour.

States with the Most & Least Jobs

Texas leads with the most LVN positions - just under 10% of all positions in the country. California is a close 2nd with 9% of all positions for LVN's. At the bottom of the barrel are Alaska and Wyoming, both with under 1% of all positions.

Job Outlook for LVN's

Nationwide, there are 719,900 LVN's with up-to-date licensure. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting a net positive change of 117,300 LVN jobs through 2024. This is substantially lower than the 28% prospective increase for other allied healthcare positions such as surgical techs, ultrasound technologists, and cardiovascular techs.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Holistic Nutrition Education | Nutrition Therapy Institute

Nutrition Therapy Institute teaches students to become the teachers...

For more than a decade, the staff at NTI in Colorado has been teaching real people real information that can be used to inspire nutritional changes in real life situations. By combining academic excellence, practical applicability of information and flexibility in the pace you decide to go in the program, serious students agree that NTI has built one of the finest Nutrition Diploma Programs in the United States.

Personal Opportunity

NTI is on the cutting edge of a paradigm shift in education itself. Their philosophy is based on the concept that in order to be an effective practitioner, you must have experienced what you are teaching your clients. In order to effectively inspire clients to make lifestyle changes, you must have walked that road yourself.

Because of this there is significant emphasis placed on the personal development of their students in the areas of nutrition and health. Teachers are available to answer questions related to personal health and to refer students to health professionals where appropriate. In addition, their two mountain retreats are devoted directly to personal growth in relation to food choices, eating habits and detoxification. Although a few NTI students are focused on learning how to become a nutritionist to further their professional aspirations, most attend primarily to study the naturopathic and holistic principles of nutrition.

They build an ongoing foundation of support through the creation of community for students and graduates...

Within the classroom the atmosphere of shared learning prevails. Small classes, lively discussions, and student participation result in fast friendships among a community of people who share their passion for nutrition therapy and their desire to help others on their road to good health.

 Education is the food that feeds the mind and heart. NTI students leave as graduates feeling full.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

No 2015 ACLS Guideline Changes For ACS Treatment.......Yet......

The AHA/ILCOR 2015 ACLS guidelines will be coming out by the end of this year(2015). So far, it appears most of the changes will be directed at the BLS level, with even more focus on high quality compressions, more efficient introduction of defibrillation through public access defibrillation programs, and more in-depth information on Return Of Spontaneous Circulation. Changes for AHA ACLS certification classes will probably be minimal.

The Meds for Acute Coronary Syndrome

It looks like ACLS meds for ACS treatment will not change:

  • Oxygen
  • Aspirin
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Morphine
  • Fibrinolytic therapy
  • Heparin
  • Beta-Blockers

Acute Coronary Syndrome

What is acute coronary syndrome? 
Acute coronary syndrome is acute pain that results from a sudden decrease in the blood supply to the heart. The pain is so acute that it feels like the onset of a heart attack. In most cases, the patient feels as if the chest is being squeezed. In others the pain travels to the shoulders and arms and even the abdomen at times.

Causes of acute coronary syndrome
The cause of an acute coronary syndrome is not sudden. In fact, there is a slow and steady build up that can be detected in regular medical checkups. Plaque, made up of fatty deposits and calcium, accumulate in the coronary arteries over time. As the deposits increase the arteries narrow and the amount of blood that reaches the heart reduces. As the blockages increase there is a possibility of angina that results from reduced and inadequate blood that reaches the heart. When a piece of the plaque disengages or breaks off, clotting might create a complete blockage causing acute coronary syndrome.

Symptoms of acute coronary syndrome
Symptoms of acute coronary syndrome are similar to those of angina. However, they are generally more acute and severe in nature. A burning sensation in the chest and a tightening feeling that may occur immediately after exercise or consumption of a large meal are common symptoms. The pain may sometimes also occur in other parts of the body like the upper arm, shoulders or jaws. It is also not uncommon to experience nausea, vomiting, dyspnea or breathlessness, diaphoresis or excessive sweating and a feeling of lightheadedness.

Management of acute coronary syndromes 
Confirmation of acute coronary syndrome can be done by an ECG or Electrocardigram. This test records the electrical impulses of the heart with the use of electrodes. This is displayed on a monitor in the form of waves. Some blood tests can also detect a damaged heart due to the heart enzymes that leak into the blood stream. Other tests that are also done for further confirmation are Echocardiogram, chest x-ray, nuclear scan, Computerized tomography (CT) angiogram and Coronary angiogram (cardiac catheterization).

Immediate treatment includes blood thinners like aspirin and heparin to remove the blood clotting that is suspected. ACE inhibitors are used to reduce blood pressure and beta blockers are used to relax heart muscles. Surgical procedures become necessary when medicines are ineffective. Angioplasty is the most common surgical procedure that is recommended. It involves insertion of a wire with a deflated balloon into the tube. As the balloon is inflated, it squeezes the plaque against the arterial walls.

Acute coronary syndrome guidelines 

Prevention and management of acute coronary syndrome include various lifestyle management guidelines. Some of these are:
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Consuming a heart healthy diet that is low on saturated fat, red meat and salt and high on high fiber food like wheat, fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meat. Consider asking your primary care physician for a referral to a Registered Dietitian for this. 
  • Regular cholesterol and blood pressure check-ups to ensure levels are under control
  • Maintenance of health weight with regular exercise
  • Taking significant steps to reduce stress levels
  • Limiting consumption of alcohol

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How To Become A Nutritionist | Nutritional Therapy

**Another post by Jason Goodwin**

Everything you put in your mouth has a benefit or a consequence. When we eat nutrient-dense, properly prepared whole foods our bodies thrive. When we eat processed, chemically concocted foods, our bodies suffer. Our bodies get confused by all of the weird, unnatural, hard to pronounce “ingredients” we eat on a daily basis. Your body does its best to adapt, but eventually it will protest by giving you all sorts of problems and symptoms.

Make the connection between food and health.

A NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST evaluates your health profile to find what macro and micro nutrient deficiencies may be contributing to your health issues. The uniqueness or “bioindividuality” of each person means that there is no one-size-fits-all nutritional plan. A Nutritional Therapist will work with you to create a personal protocol to fit your particular needs and goals. Getting the appropriate nutrients transported effectively throughout your body means better health and overall wellness. To consider if Nutritional Therapy is a good fit for you, or if you're researching how to become a nutritionist, ACEND has tons of information on accredited nutritionist programs across the Country, as well as more in-depth nutritional therapy information.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Surgical Tech Programs In California

What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

There are many important roles in the medical field that don’t get as much public attention as, say, surgeons or other major roles. One of these is the surgical technologist, who provides a valuable service in the health care industry but might not be familiar to many prospective students. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics states simply that surgical technologists assist during surgical operations under the direct supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other personnel. Their role is largely a preparatory one, helping to organize the operating room and get the scene ready for the operating surgeon.

Before an operation begins, surgical techs set up the instruments the surgeon will need, assemble the sterile and non-sterile tools, and check to make sure everything is functioning correctly. A surgical technologist will also often work with the patient by cleaning and disinfecting their incision areas. The tech will transport the patient to the operating room, monitor their vital signs, and assist the surgical staff in donning gowns and gloves. Basically, a surgical technologist is a medically trained assistant who helps get things done in the operating room, allowing the surgical team to work together smoothly and perform operations with greater ease. But a surgical technologist isn’t just a pair of hands. The role requires training and education, as underscored by the Association of Surgical Technologists in their job description of surgical techs. They stress that surgical techs have learned and maintain expertise in both the theory & application of aseptic and sterile techniques, and therefore possess the skills needed to competently combine advanced knowledge of human anatomy, proper implementation of technologies and tools, and a solid understanding of surgical procedures to facilitate a surgeon's performance of invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Surgical technologists often operate sterilizers or other light machines during the surgery, as well as pass instruments to the surgeon. Some surgical technologists with additional training and certification can also serve as surgical assistants, which involves controlling blood flow and other tasks under the surgeon’s supervision to help the surgery be executed safely. Enrolling in one of the surgical tech programs in Bakersfield Ca is a great way to become a vital part of the operating room process and the larger health care industry.

Training To Become A Surgical Tech In California

The decision to become a surgical technologist is a big one but one that will most likely lead to a rewarding career as a vital member of a hospital staff or assisting physicians in private practice. Pursuing a career as a surgical tech is easier than you’d think, especially if you do your research.

First things first: Find a good school. No matter what you’re studying, it’s imperative that you graduate from an accredited college or university. Accredited schools are those that have passed muster with regional or national accrediting agencies and have been judged as worthy institutions. They provide a quality education that’s respected by employers, and more importantly, only graduates from accredited universities are eligible to take certification exams in the surgical technologist field. Be VERY wary of surgical tech schools online. Properly accredited schools rarely accept prerequisite courses such as anatomy, physiology, and other science courses that are taken online.

The U.S. Department of Education maintains a searchable database of higher education institutions that have been accredited by legitimate agencies, and a pair of other organizations — the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools — provide searchable lists of accredited programs that will allow you to sit for the exam to become a certified surgical technologist.

With a degree from one of the surgical tech programs in California, you will be ready to study for and take the certification exam. Becoming a certified surgical technologist will greatly improve your earning potential and job opportunities, though you’ll need to retake certification exams every few years in order to maintain your CST status. You can also choose to advance to the role of surgical first assistant, which requires more training and study. There are a variety of career resources available for surgical technologists, too. The Association of Surgical Technologists, a professional organization for the field, devotes a section of its website to job opportunities for qualified surgical techs.

It’s also a good idea to stay in touch with local hospitals and the surgeons you worked with during your schooling and internship period. Often, the best way to learn about available jobs is to know someone who needs a qualified tech and will think of you. Becoming a surgical technologist is an easier goal to achieve than you might think. With the right preparation before choosing a school, and taking the certification exam after graduation, you’ll be able to enter the medical field and become an integral part of a surgical team.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Acute Coronary Syndrome | Bakersfield ACLS Training

Acute Coronary Syndrome or ACS is a catch all term used to describe a set of symptoms consistent with acute myocardial ischemia when the symptoms are not pathognomonic. Myocardial ischemia is a condition in which insufficient blood flow is reaching the heart muscle. This is usually a result of atherosclerotic plaques building up in the coronary arteries. Symptoms The symptoms of ACS are typically tightness in the chest that radiates into the left arm, anxiety or a sense of impending doom, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms that might occur are nausea, vomiting, sweating and palpitations. In female patients, the elderly, and those with diabetes there is a higher occurrence of atypical presentation. This can translate to other, non-specific, symptoms such as feeling weak or lightheaded to a complete absence of symptoms, all of which are explored during Bakersfield ACLS Training.

There are three distinct subtypes of ACS:

• Unstable Angina
• non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction
• ST segment elevation myocardial infarction


Diagnosis of ACS usually involves an Electrocardiogram. Elevation in the ST segment indicates that damage has occurred to the muscle and that intervention is required immediately. In the absence of ST segment elevation, it is more difficult to distinguish between unstable angina and non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Blood tests can be administered to look for increases in cardiac enzymes. The most accurate indicators for myocardial infarction are increased Troponin I and Troponin T. A second, common predictor is an increased Creatine Kinase level. Another diagnostic tool that can be employed is the ACI-TIPI. The ACI-TIPI is a rough algorithm that uses demographic information and EKG information to provide an estimate of the likelihood of myocardial infarction.


In the event of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, there are several treatment options. Aspirin is often administered on-site by paramedics to reduce clot size. Beta blockers are often administered to reduce the work load on the heart. Anticoagulants, such as heparin, may be administered to prevent further clots. ACE inhibitors are often administered to prevent some of the heart enlargement. Clearing the blockage as soon as possible is key to patient survival in the case of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. In most cases an angioplasty and stent placement is performed within an hour or two when possible. Doctors can also use intravenous Thrombolytics to break up clots. For non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, the treatments tend to be the same, though without the same time constraints. If an angioplasty is not a viable option due to recent surgery, a bleeding disorder, or multiple blocked arteries, coronary artery bypass surgery can be used to restore blood flow.