Nursing is a wonderful healthcare profession that requires dedication, commitment, compassion, professional knowledge, and a strong understanding of others. Erin Orchard is passionate about healthcare and helping others. Previously working in pediatrics and being a boy scout mom, Erin has a great deal of experience working with and caring for children.
Currently, Erin Orchard is continuing her education and professional experience in healthcare, pursuing a career in nursing. She is working on finishing her Medical Assistant training at the Health Training Center on the Fisher College campus in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. As part of her training and educational experience, Erin Orchard is working on renewing her certifications in phlebotomy and performing an EKG.
Phlebotomy is the practice of taking or drawing blood from patients by making a small incision in a vein with a needle. A phlebotomist is trained to carefully draw the blood and take blood specimens to the laboratory in order to prepare for testing. This process is used for a number of reasons including:
- Medical Testing
An EKG, also referred to as an ECG, is what is called an electrocardiogram. An EKG is a test that checks for problems in the electrical activity of your heart through spikes and dips in line tracings called waves. The wave rhythms of an EKG provide important information for diagnosing heart conditions.
An EKG is often performed under the following circumstances:
- During physical exams
- To find the cause of unexplainable chest pain or pressure
- If a cardiovascular problem is suspected
- To check the heart’s health when other diseases or conditions are diagnosed
- In preparation for surgery
Along with earning certification as a phlebotomy technician and EKG technician, Erin Orchard is also renewing her certifications in the following areas:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Assistant
- Cardio-Phlebotomy Technician
- Clinical Medical Assisting Techniques I