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Tami Russell

Tami Russell is PDI's Director of Public Programs and Distance Learning. She manages PDI's extensive certificate program curriculum.

Recent Posts

What Are Some Great Reasons to Consider a Career as a Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 18, 2017 4:20:31 PM

Although obtaining a steady salary is the primary reason most people share when asked WHY they work, it’s no secret that a paycheck is not the only reason to clock in every day. 

What are some other great reasons to consider a career as a dental assistant?

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Topics: dental assistant

HRCI® Certification Gives Field Professionals the Edge in Job Search, Career Advancement

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 13, 2017 3:52:32 PM

Practicing Human Resource management professionals have benefited in myriad ways by obtaining the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designations. 

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Topics: HR certification

High-Value Certificate Programs Are Quick Way To Join A Career Field, Or Enhance Your Own

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 7, 2017 4:34:01 PM

As 4th of July festivities wind down and people ease in to the dog days of summer, many individuals begin looking ahead to the quickening pace of the fall.  If your plans include an investment in your future and your career, it’s worth a quick look at the PDI Fall Program Catalog to explore all the ways to enter a new career as well as the additional programs designed to enhance opportunities in your current career.

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Topics: certificate programs

Bad Managers Can Teach Us Something About Good HR Management

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 30, 2017 12:10:03 AM
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Topics: HR certification

Is There A Difference Between CMA/CCMA Designations for Medical Assistants?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 21, 2017 3:47:06 PM

Medical Assistants can earn a variety of professional designations – including the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential or the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential. 

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Topics: medical assisting

HR Blogs Can Be Great Source of Information for Professionals

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 13, 2017 11:30:17 PM

If you’re in the human resources industry, here are some blogs you should check out.  We’ve updated this list to include the “best HR Blogs of 2017,” per

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Topics: HR certification

The Work of Forensic Professionals is as Unique as the Crime

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 9, 2017 8:04:56 PM

What’s been in the news lately?  Well, besides politics, which is no place for The Knowledge Nook, it’s safe to say that high profile crimes and investigations usually pop up during a daily newsfeed.  Never far behind these sensational stories is the work of forensic specialists - the people, and technology, in the background, helping solve crimes.

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Topics: crime scene investigations

What Are The Duties of a Dental Assistant?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 6, 2017 10:27:27 PM

If you’ve considered a career as a Dental Assistant, then you’ve no doubt wondered about the daily duties of these vital healthcare professionals.  Here’s a look at what is normally considered within the routine, expected tasks of a Dental Assistant.

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Topics: dental assistant

Tips For Finding A Job as A Paralegal

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Summer is here!!!  As University and college students enter the workforce, you will find that there is A LOT of competition for jobs.  Have you done everything you can to make sure you are giving potential employers a reason to hire you?

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Topics: paralegal

Memorial Day is Day of Remembrance Across the U.S.

Posted by Tami Russell on May 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

How much do you know about the Memorial Day holiday?  Here's a brief primer on the origins of this special day.

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Topics: American_holidays

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