Unitek College: School of Excellence

July 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) recognized Unitek College as a School of Excellence today. We were selected to receive the award, out of a pool of over 800 career schools.

One of the biggest factors in winning the School of Excellence award are our students. Unitek College fosters a high level of achievement among the student body, as proven by our above-average graduation and graduate employment rates. “We are extremely excited and honored to be recognized by the ACCSC for our hard work and commitment to both our students and alumni,” stated Navraj Bawa, President of Unitek College, “This award is a testament to our students’ commitment to education.”

So why are Unitek College students so successful? Because our students, and their success, are our top priority. From the time a student walks in the front door, to the time they land their first allied health or nursing job, Unitek College is with them every step of the way. We foster student achievement through our tailored programs, modern simulation (SIMs) labs, and dedicated instructors, faculty, and staff.

The Career Services department makes a dedicated effort to partner with every student in making their goals a reality. Students enroll in allied health or nursing programs because they are interested in some aspect of healthcare. Maybe it’s pediatrics, or cardiology, or oncology, or any other aspect of medicine. The Career Services department helps students realize that passion, and places them in well-matched externships so they can further explore their interests. Externships are the opportunity to learn the direction in which to take your career. The Career Services department is committed to making sure every student has a career path they will be passionate about. Even after graduation, the Career Services department is happy to help alumni with their job search, offer advice, and give valuable occupational information.

The Unitek College faculty is passionate about what they do and what they teach. Instructors offer office hours, meet with students outside of class, and even offer their cell phone numbers, in an effort to make sure every student has the opportunity to ask them questions or clarify concepts. They ensure that their online students get just as much attention as their on-campus students. According to one instructor, “it doesn’t matter if a student is sitting in her living room listening to a lecture, she should feel like she is sitting in the front of the class.”

Our values guide our work. And we value our students and the contributions they will make in the field of healthcare. So we work to support student success in all areas: in coursework, in graduation, in finding a first job, in furthering their career goals. To be recognized for that work is an honor.

About Unitek College

Unitek College is a healthcare training school with three convenient locations in Northern California, including Fremont, Sacramento, and San Jose. Unitek College offers various healthcare programs, for any stage of your healthcare career.  To learn more about Unitek College, and the programs offered at each of the Unitek College campuses, visit http://www.unitekcollege.edu or call 888-898-1516.

Should You Pursue an Associate Degree or RN to BSN Degreein Nursing?

March 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

 There are so many options when it comes to furthering your education to join the health care industry. With each option comes a different commitment level costing both time and money. So between an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, which one may be right for you?

Susan Murphy on nursinglink.monster.com explores this issue and explains some key factors to consider. “The main difference between an ADN nursing program and a BSN degree… is the amount of time and number of credits required to complete them. An Associate of Science in Nursing program is usually offered by nursing schools, community colleges, and some four-year colleges. It usually takes about two years to complete, but in some cases may take more than two years and up to three years for completion.” ADN programs were introduced to help rectify the nursing shortage by allowing students to complete a set of credits and training in less time. “The biggest advantage of an ADN over a BSN is that it leads to quicker graduation and transition to the workforce. You can start practicing earlier with an Associate’s degree in Nursing. Another benefit of an ADN nursing program is reduced cost of college, as these programs tend to be less expensive than university-offered Bachelor’s degrees.”

The BSN training is “an intensive program that covers courses in not just nursing theory, but also humanities, behavioral science, and other science topics like biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, etc. A BSN program also lays emphasis on developing skills like leadership and communication, which RNs looking to move into managerial or administrative roles later in their careers may find useful.” Those with a BSN have more opportunities to move up into management positions while those with ADNs may need to continue their education.

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Nurses Lobby for Change in Florida – How will this Effect the Future of RN to BSN Students?

March 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          So what do Florida nurses have to do with nursing here in California? Well, I like to think that if change can happen in one state, it may be able to cause a domino effect. Also, no hospital is an island; the issues one group faces are likely the same issues that another group in the same field is battling. Right now, the nurses in Florida are backing three legislative initiatives that seem to share some common complaints across the board that can effect the future of nursing, even those students striving to get their BSN nursing degrees.
          Karin Lillis on Nurse.Com reports that, “the Florida Nurses Association is backing three initiatives for the 2011 state legislative session, yet the organization fears the measures could get lost amid major debates in the House and Senate over Medicaid reform and restructuring of the Florida Department of Health.” The three initiatives that are being proposed are “establishing safe staffing levels, helping fund the Florida Center for Nursing and allowing ARNPs to prescribe controlled substances.”
          Staffing levels seem to be a reoccurring theme that I keep reading about. Isn’t that one of the major reasons why the nurses in San Mateo went on strike last week? Wasn’t that one of the main factors contributing to the young girl in Sacramento who wasn’t seen quickly in the ER and ended up needing multiple amputations? I know I’m not the first one to think of this, but maybe some legislators need to spend some time ill in the hospital. Not that I would wish harm on anyone… but sometimes a reality check is in order.
          The second issue being addressed is funding for the Florida Center for Nursing. Lillis explains that “Although the center does not provide direct-care services — one of the criteria required to remain in the 2010 budget — its recommendations and information help healthcare systems and nursing programs retain current nurses and expand the education capability to produce new nurses…The center collects work force data that gauges nurse supply and demand — such as pinpointing regions and specialties where the need is most crucial.”
          The final issue addresses ARNPs to prescribe controlled substances. Fortunately, this is not an area of contention here in California; Alabama is the only other state that does not allow this.
          So I applaud the nurses who are trying to make a change for the better and who are fighting not only on behalf of other nurses, but as patient advocates, too. They are also fighting for a better health care industry for students who are in RN to BSN colleges.
          As you can see, nursing is an exciting and rewarding career regardless of management and politics.  The career of your dreams can start sooner than you think!

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Top Majors for 2011 – RN to BSN Students on the List

March 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

          When I was in fifth grade I wanted to be an astronaut. Then I wanted to be an actor, followed by a journalist and then majored in history. Funny how goals change as reality sets in. Aligning one’s talents and paying one’s bills are top priorities in finding the perfect career to pursue. No wonder getting your RN degree or RN to BSN degree is in the top majors for 2011.
          WalletPop.com put out an interesting article stating, “Of the 1.5 million bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States in recent years, business degrees were No. 1, followed by those in social sciences/history, health professions and education, said a study by the National Center for Education Statistics… While those majors may be the most popular, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in 2018 it will be nurses, accountants, teachers and managers who will be most in demand. Those occupations will see the greatest employment growth and opportunities for those with a bachelor’s degree. Those majoring in nursing, education, business or finance now may find more opportunities than ever, while other majors won’t pay too well.”
          WalletPop.com also mentions that the jobs with the most security are in nursing. “A recent study of U.S. Census data by The Sacramento Bee showed that nursing majors experienced only 2% unemployment–the lowest in their research.”
          Laura Barrientos, 30, graduated from a nursing program in Visalia, Calif. in May and was hired at a nearby hospital in July. She now works in an emergency room. “I went into nursing because I was interested in the science of it, but job security did factor into my major,” she said. “They are always going to need nurses,” reported WalletPop.com Barrientos also did her own research, learning that ”there would be continued job growth in her profession in the next few decades as Baby Boomers retire from the profession and others enter into skilled nursing facilities. ‘With all the advances in medicine,” Barrientos said, “people are living longer and they will need nurses.’”
          If you’ve thought about earning your RN to BSN degree in nursing, then see how Unitek College can give you the professional training you need to become a part of this growing healthcare field.
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BSN Nurses Needed for Growing Senior Population

March 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

          We all know that the Baby Boomer generation is entering retirement age, but what affect is that going to have on our economy and the health care profession? Warren Wolfe, reporter for the Star Tribune in Minnesota takes an interesting look into this important subject and how it will effect those getting their RN to BSN degree.
          Wolfe reports that, “The leading edge of Minnesota’s 1.5 million baby boomers is about to turn 65, eligible for Medicare, the federal health care program for the aged. Nationwide, for the next 18 years, about 10,000 more boomers will join them each day.” The numbers are shocking; as our society gains a larger population of senior citizens, the need for health care workers is going to be tremendous. How are we going to take care of these valuable members of society physically, emotionally and financially? “The looming consequences are serious. The nation has 7,200 certified geriatricians, one for every 2,500 older Americans… Some experts suggest that five times that many will be needed by 2030, when the country’s aging population will have nearly doubled.”
          There are some ways that the health care industry is changing to accommodate these aging patients. “Along with helping doctors and nurses coordinate treatment of complex health problems, some geriatric pharmacists have set up new businesses to help older patients reduce debilitating problems caused by prescriptions from doctors who are more focused on diseases than aging patients,” explains Wolfe. Several colleges across the country are also implementing courses to teach nurses how to work in a nursing home or in geriatrics. “Professionals with geriatric training can improve older clients’ quality of life and lower medical costs by providing appropriate help, experts say. “But a lot of people seem afraid to work with seniors,” said geriatric social worker Christie Cuttell, 36, at Augustana Care Center. “People ask me, ‘Isn’t your work depressing?’ Well, it’s not. Yes, people die. But they also live, and many are still living fascinating lives, with fascinating stories,” she said. “When I talk to students, I tell them about the demographics and the opportunities and how rewarding my work is. But they’d rather work with kids.”
          It seems like nurses pursing their RN to BSN degree are in growing demand throughout the country. If you’ve thought about becoming a nurse, then see how Unitek College can give you the professional training you need to become a part of this growing healthcare field.
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Nursing Specialty Salaries for RNs to BSN

March 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

          I know we don’t get our degrees in nursing for the money… on a rough day no amount of zeros at the end of our paycheck could erase the stress or exhaustion. However, finding a career you love with a decent wage sure can make life a whole lot easier. With that said, here are the nursing specialties that could boost your spending power while doing what you love.
The top ten nursing salaries, according to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses are as follows:

1. Nurse anesthetist: $154,221
2. Management/administration: senior management: $96,735
3. Nurse practitioner: $85,025
4. Nurse midwife: $82,111
5. Management/administration: $78,356
6. Consultant: $76,473
7. Informatics nurse: $75,242
8. Management/administration: middle management: $74,799
9. Clinical nurse specialist: $72,856
10. Management/administration: first-line management: $72,006

          NurseZone.com reports that “typically, the top salaries in the nursing profession are earned by nurses in an advanced practice specialty or, in some cases, in higher-level management positions.” Peter McMenamin, Ph.D., senior policy fellow for the American Nurses Association, commented that “It looks like supply and demand to me,” he said. “The advanced practice nurses are fewer. They have more education. They can also do more under their own authority.”
          “We project RNs from 2008 to 2018 to add more jobs in that profession than any other profession,” said Adam Bibler, economist for the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections with the BLS. With an aging population and the change in the health care system, more nurses will be needed. As mentioned above, nurses will be in higher demand causing higher wage options. “Salaries for RNs tend to be inching upward each year, something that not many other professions can boast. More recent employment statistics from the BLS show that the median salary for RNs in 2009 was $63,750, more than $10,000 more than the median salary of $52,330 five years earlier in 2004,” commented nursezone.com.
          Now is the time to think about getting your RN to BSN degree if you haven’t yet considered this option. Whether online or in person, a future in nursing is a wise choice.

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What to do with Your BSN Degree

March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Okay, so you’ve decided to get your RN to BSN degree… now what? Nurses are in demand and there are countless specialties that are out there. Here are some options that you may want to consider.

On apkidukaan.com, writer Jackie Manheim has researched the top nursing careers that are on the rise. With technology advancing and becoming more complicated along with the details of medical care ever increasing, nurses with special skills are more likely to find a job and earn more money. These are some areas that are worth looking in to:

1) Travel Nursing – “Travel nursing is a thrilling career where nurses travel to work temporary short-term positions in various locations as well as in various capacities. The role offers higher pay compared to typical fixed positions, expert growth and development, and private adventure.”
2) Military Medical – While working with the military at home or abroad, the government will not only train you, but you will also get paid as you learn. Not a bad option for those who want to be a nurse but are looking for a way to make it happen.
3) Forensic Medical – I’m sure shows like CSI are a huge contributor to the growing popularity of this area. If you want to work with law enforcement on a crime or accident scene, this could be what you’re looking for.
4) Legal Health Professional Consultant – Can’t decide between medicine and the law? This area usually allows nurses to work with lawyers or corporations to analyze and review new pharmaceutical treatments.
5) Surgical Medical – “Medical nurse practitioners provide help physicians whenever there are severe surgical treatments to become done for example body organ transplants as well as neurosurgery. Additionally, you will be getting sufferers prepared with regard to surgery and providing help during surgical treatment.”
6) Flight Health Profession – “A flight health professional is actually involved with both crisis and non-emergency transport of patients. Inter facility transport as well as ‘scene calls’ will also be a part of this career.”

This is only a short list of the different specialties that are available for those in an RN to BSN program. Whether you are looking to work in a hospital setting, an office, in private practice or a public facility, the possibilities are endless for those with the right education.

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Is There Really Shortage for BSN Students?

March 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

   I keep hearing that there is a nursing shortage and that the economy is going to get worse before it gets better. So is nursing really the right career to get into or is this all just a bunch of media hype? Well, according to Scrubsmag.com, nursing is the way to go. So for those in RN or BSN programs, you’re on the right track!
          According to Scrubsmag.com, it is projected that by 2012 the need for both RNs and LPNs will grow upwards towards 22 percent. They explain the cause for this is as follows: “As medical procedures advance, nurses are needed to care for patients who are recovering from previously fatal diseases and conditions.” So the more advanced medicine gets the longer people live and the more people there will be to treat. (Or is it that the more sedentary we get and the more preservatives that are added to our food cause more patients that need to be seen? This is just an opinion and guilty verdict about myself…)
          In comparison to other job markets, scrubsmag.com reports that “Healthcare facilities across the U.S., including hospitals, long-term care and clinics, added 21,000 jobs in November 2009. In that same month, 85,000 people in other fields lost their jobs.” I suppose that people can hold off on buying that new car or house, but when sickness falls upon us treatment isn’t always an option. As the old saying goes, two things are a constant: death and taxes. Somehow that’s not reassuring…
          I have many friends who have applied to nursing school and have had to postpone their education due to the dreaded lottery system that so many higher education institutes implement. “Almost 50,000 potential nurses were refused entry into BSN and graduatenursing programs in the 2008-09 academic year due to the lack of resources—instructors, space and clinical sites,” explained scrubsmed.com. This shouldn’t be an excuse much longer with alternative ways to get an education such as independent schools and internet programs.
          Finally, this article explains why many hospitals have staffing problems. “The nurse staffing problem isn’t just the lack of new nurses, but the mobility of the new graduates. Apparently, 13 percent of new RNs change jobs after just one year and 37 percent would like to. Considering how much it costs to recruit nurses and to teach them the ropes, this could result in significant dings in the annual staffing budgets. According to a 2005 report, it costs almost $3,000 to hire a new nurse.” So stick with it! Every job needs a period of adjustment.

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Children’s Hospital Oakland Fined for Not Protecting Employees

February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I was shocked when I read how many dangerous incidents have occurred at Oakland Children’s Hospital within the past few years. I admit that Oakland isn’t on the list of the safest cities to work in, but I was amazed at the report that Sandy Kleffman wrote in the Contra Costa Times yesterday.

According to Kleffman, “State regulators fined Children’s Hospital Oakland $10,350 on Tuesday for safety violations that include inadequately protecting employees from violence in its emergency department.

“The hospital has had several dramatic incidents in recent months, noted the Cal-OSHA citation… In July, a 49-year-old gunman held a registered nurse and a ward clerk hostage before being subdued by police. No one was injured. In October, a gunshot victim was dropped off on hospital property within minutes of a second gunshot victim walking in and a third being carried there by bystanders. That occurred a year after three gunshot victims drove themselves to the front of the hospital in September 2009.”

I’m surprised at the incidents mentioned, but I am also wondering why this would happen at a children’s hospital. Okay, I can understand gunshot victims going to Alta Bates or Highlands General Hospitals, but to this specific hospital? Under emergency circumstances, I’m sure they were just trying to get any medical attention, but I’m not sure if a specialized hospital is even able to help patients outside of their designated clientele requirements.

Cal OSHA has fined Children’s Hospital Oakland $10,350 for “not having adequate procedures for protecting employees as they respond to gunshot victims dropped off at hospital doors, and for not effectively training employees to deal with workplace violence. The lack of a clear policy about how to bring dropped-off victims inside “caused unnecessary delay and potential security exposure to employees in the uncontrolled environment outside the building,” the citation stated.

“Cal-OSHA also cited the hospital for not documenting that it included nonmanagement employees in developing plans for protecting against bloodborne pathogens, not doing antibody testing of at least one health care worker after a Hepatitis B vaccination and conducting workplace violence training primarily by having employees read written materials instead of having interactive training with appropriate instructors.”

For those who are in an RN program or are pursuing their BSN degree, it’s important to consider the location and type of hospital you wish to work in. Even though a children’s hospital seems like a safe place to work, there are still dangers within the city. However, it’s interesting to note the defense that the state is providing the nursing staff to create a safer environment.

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More Money for Nursing Education

February 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

          While there seems to be cutbacks on every aspect of government spending, the officials in Washington, D.C. have recognized the need for more nurses. Congress has passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 which reauthorized Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs therefore increasing federal dollars to support education in nursing.
          On nursezone.com, Debra Wood, RN, states that, “The largest dedicated source of federal funding for nursing education is through the Title VIII nursing programs, authorized through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), first established in 1961. Schools of nursing apply for Title VIII grants, but not all schools receive the money each year. AACN keeps schools aware of when funds become available.”
         “The biggest increase we have seen was last year, when we went from $171 million for these programs to $243 million,” said Suzanne Begeny, Ph.D., RN, director of government affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C. “A lot of those dollars went to loan repayment and scholarship programs, where students receive the funds directly.”
         The purpose for the increase in federal funding stems from the concern that there is going to be a major shortage of nurses in the near future. With baby boomers joining the ranks of senior citizens and many nurses on the cusp of retirement, those who are in current RN programs or who are getting their BSN degree will likely have an easier time finding job placement than graduates in other fields.
          Wood explains in detail how the new federal funding will further education and benefit current nursing students, “The Affordable Care Act provides additional funds for nursing faculty loan programs, which offer substantial financial assistance to repay education loans to nurses willing to work full-time at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or as faculty at an eligible school of nursing. For a two-year commitment, the program will pay participants 60 percent of their total outstanding, qualifying educational loan balance. An optional third year will pay 25 percent of those notes, subject to availability. The act expanded the loan amounts and who would qualify.”
          Wood also goes into detail about other new opportunities for students to help pay for continuing education. There are private corporations out there granting scholarships for those looking into certain specialties, minority students and some hospitals even provide tuition reimbursement.

Don’t let financial limitations hinder your decision to pursue a higher education. Even during cutbacks, there is money out there for those who are determined and persistant.

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