The Knowledge Nook

Tami Russell

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

Recent Posts

Can Working As A Paralegal Help With Future Plans of Law School?

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 24, 2017 6:10:23 PM

Certificate programs are a fast track into many careers.  Positions in the legal and medical fields that accept an accelerated certificate program as “proof of education” are varied, and people holding jobs within these industries boast a wide range of training and education. 

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Topics: paralegal

Hard Luck Tales Part of Rich History of the Energy Industry

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 21, 2017 4:07:47 PM

The energy industry has a vibrant history and colorful vocabulary all its own.  PDI’s National Director of Sales Jim Hoffman shares some of that unique info with us here at The Knowledge Nook.

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Topics: energy

Boost Office Morale With A St. Patrick's Day Party

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Who was St. Patrick? Why is everyone wearing green?  Why are people threatening to pinch me?  

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Topics: office culture, human resources

What Are Some of the Specialties Practiced by Professional Private Investigators?

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 14, 2017 2:26:27 PM

A professional Private Investigator is often the go-to expert in providing surveillance services, uncovering records and personal histories that might be difficult to track down, gathering substantive background information and conducting complex investigations.

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Topics: private investigations

Is Experience Necessary to Work in Medical Coding, Billing?

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 10, 2017 3:09:52 PM

A quick glance through job hiring sites, including Indeed and CareerBuilder, show a considerable number of positions available in the fields of Medical Coding and Medical Billing.  In almost every case, the job description reads something like this:

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Topics: medical billing and coding

Helpful Tips Guide Career Changers Toward New Opportunities

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 7, 2017 3:30:03 PM

After a few years, or a few decades, on the job, many people begin to dream about a career change.  The average person changes careers three to seven times over a lifetime.  The number varies widely based on what source you read, and what is the definition of a true career change.  Some people change jobs within an industry, while others change almost everything about their professional path.

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Topics: careers

Medical Assistants Enjoy Varied Career Opportunities As They Progress On the Job

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 3, 2017 4:20:25 PM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 500,000+ individuals are Medical Assistants in the U.S, and that figure is growing.

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Topics: medical assisting

ICE Raids, Immigrant Status, and Transgender Rights Part of HR Responsibilities

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 28, 2017 5:53:14 PM

Do you, as a working HR professional, know what to do if ICE agents come to your office? 

Was the recent “Day Without Immigrants” movement an issue at the workplace? 

What is your company's record on transgender rights and the emerging issue of public restrooms? 

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Topics: human resources

Three Great Resources Offer Inside Scoop on Forensics

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 24, 2017 3:24:01 PM

There’s no debating that forensics and crime scene analysis is fascinating – both to practicing professionals and the rest of us who just like a good crime story. 

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Topics: crime scene investigations

Top Tools for the Working Dental Assistant

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 21, 2017 6:30:49 PM

If you’ve ever been a dental patient, you are familiar with the sharp and shiny tools in constant use within a busy dental office. If you are like most of us, you have no idea what each tool is called. 

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Topics: dental assistant

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