Happy Armed Forces Day from Unitek College!

May 18, 2013 at 1:02 am
Happy Armed Forces Day from Unitek College

Happy Armed Forces Day from Unitek College

Happy Armed Forces Day from Unitek College! On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, Secretary of Defense at the time, announced the Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day replaced the four separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days, to commemorate the fact that all four Armed Forces had been unified under the Department of Defense. Armed Forces Day is an official day for citizens to thank our military service men and women for their service and support of our country.

This year we celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 18th. Armed Forces Day always falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May every year.

The timing of this year’s Armed Forces Day is coincidentally perfect for Unitek College. Unitek College is proud of our military members and veterans all over the world. And we are proud to announce that veterans receiving military benefits now have the option to pursue postsecondary education at Unitek College’s Fremont Main Campus and Sacramento Branch Campus. Unitek College’s Chief Operating Officer, Navraj Bawa, stated “Our military personnel do so much by serving our country. To say we’re excited about providing them education and training to better their lives is an understatement.”

Unitek College accepts the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), Montgomery GI Bill, and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense”, a celebration of the unification of all US military forces teamed under the Department of Defense. Veterans at Unitek College are “Teamed for Success”. In honor of Armed Forces Day, Veterans at Unitek College gave advice for other veterans who are searching for what to do after their term of service.

Deano Morales, who served in the United States Army for 11 years believes it is very important for veterans to return to school. Deano doesn’t just say this to be cliché. His reasoning is insightful and could only come from someone who has experienced both military and civilian life: “All of the experience and skills we have, and our scope of practice, gives us such an advantage, if we choose the same type of work in civilian life as we did in the military, we will be successful.”

Isela Palmares served in the Marine Corps for 13 years. “Education is for personal growth,” she says, “One class leads to another and before you know it you’re on the road to what you want to do.” Unitek College is proud to help veterans understand, navigate, and use their veteran’s benefits.

Survey Taken Concerning Health Care Reform – What Does the Future of Nursing Look Like For RN to BSNs?

March 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

          Health Care reform – this is a complex topic that I’m almost afraid to touch. It’s like a steaming pot ready to boil over; do I attempt to address it or will I just get burned? It’s also like a pile of dirty laundry… do I really want to sort through this smelly mess? Well, enough with the analogies. I’ll just report on what a public survey has to say about it and how it will effect those getting their RN to BSN degrees.
          On nursinglink.monster.com, Jeff Scullin reported on a survey taken by the Kaiser Family Foundation that was released this past Tuesday. “The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted the survey, entitled ‘The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 112th Congress,’ between Jan. 4 and 14, surveying 1,502 randomly selected adults across the country by telephone,” explains Scullin.
          Here are some surprising and not-so-surprising results: Generally speaking, most people have negative perceptions of the reforms but like specific provisions. The public thinks there’s a better way to cut spending without touching Medicare and other government services. We all know that something needs to be done, but no one is quite sure what. (So basically, it says a lot without saying a thing…)
          Now here are some specifics:
          “People with favorable and unfavorable impressions of the health care law were evenly split in December, with 41 percent viewing the bill favorably and 42 percent with a negative view. This month, the number of people with a favorable opinion was flat, but the number with an unfavorable view jumped to 50 percent — driven largely by shifting views among independents.”
          “Two of three respondents say they are ‘very concerned’ about the federal deficit, but people are more divided about how quickly Congress should deal with it. Fifty-four percent of respondents want Congress to deal with the deficit quickly, while 43 percent say wait until the economy improves. Most independents (61 percent) and Republicans (70 percent) want Congress to act now, while most Democrats (61 percent) want to wait.”
          “Only 8 percent support major cuts in Medicare and Social Security, while only 13 percent support big cuts in Medicaid. A majority of respondents don’t want any cuts in Medicare (56 percent), public education (63 percent) or Social Security (64 percent). And 68 percent say Congress can deal with the deficit without cutting Medicare.”
          So what does this mean to the health care professional and those in a RN to BSN program? Quite frankly, I think it means jumping through a lot of hoops, shuffling through a lot of paperwork, and juggling disgruntled patients for the same amount of money. But let’s face it: health care is a complex profession and we go into it knowing the ups and downs of the trade.

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Nurses Accused of Thievery in Oakland

March 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          Nurses have a lot on their plates: helping sick patients, adjusting to budget cuts, constantly learning new skills and procedures and trying to figure out how health care changes will affect the medical field. Now the nurses in Oakland have another issue to juggle: proving their integrity as professionals beyond their skills as certified nurses. This is not something you learn in a RN to BSN college.
          Yesterday in the Contra Costa Times, reporter Sandy Kleffman addressed the story of how a group of nurses at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo were accused of stealing heart monitoring devices after the devices were found missing. “The incident began when an emergency room doctor sought to admit a patient to the telemetry unit but was told that although there were enough beds and nurses, there were no more telemetry boxes available and thus the patient could not be transferred,” registered nurse Bobby Roberts explained. “Hospital managers discovered that four telemetry boxes were missing from the unit. The boxes sometimes end up on other floors because they remain on patients who were transferred or some are sent to another area of the hospital for repair.”
          It’s bad enough that the nurses on staff were accused of stealing the equipment worth several thousand dollars, but the way the incident was handled is where a major issue lies. These nurses were detained, questioned by police and were “grilled in hallways where patients could overhear.”
          The devices that were reported missing were found later elsewhere in the hospital, but what I want to know is who would want to steal these devices in the first place? I suppose you could sell them for parts, but is there really a black market out there for partial medical devices? Maybe I’m really naïve, but I would be more concerned about office supplies missing or medications disappearing.
          Now the nurses are claiming that they are too stressed to return to work. “Since the incident, Roberts and several of the other nurses have been off work, saying they are too stressed to return. They have contacted an attorney to discuss their options,” Kleffman reports. Seriously!? Okay, I’ll admit that the incident stinks, but call a spade a spade and say “I’m too ticked to go back to work” or “I want time off to think this over.” I can understand not wanting to use vacation time for this, but come on…
          So basically this whole event has been handled poorly. It’s just one more incident in the complex world of nursing….some things you just don’t think you need to learn in a RN to BSN program

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Assaulted on the Job: Nurses Weight the Risks In and Out of RN to BSN Programs

March 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Nurses have to be aware of their surroundings and cautious at all times. That is a basic fact when working with patients who have contagious illnesses, when working with needles or handling body fluids. There are several risks that you just plan for when entering into health care and considering a RN to BSN program. The thing that I didn’t expect was the violence of patients that seems to be on the rise.

Last November one of my husband’s co-workers was murdered on the job. Granted, he is a nurse at a detention facility in the San Francisco Bay Area and he isn’t working with the most savory of characters, but I didn’t think he would have to face such dangers as a nurse. During a basic interview to determine the inmate’s health history, the inmate struck the nurse on the head with a nearby object. She then fell and hit her head on the concrete floor causing major head trauma which led to her death.

What concerns me is that this situation does not seem to be an isolated incident. The Napa County hospital has been in the news for the nurse that was murdered at the end of last year, too. Today I also read an article from Aleks Devic of the healdsun.com in Australia who interviewed a nurse who was recently attacked by a patient. “The 55-year-old said frightened nurses were facing increasing violence from patients and visitors…statistics show 60 nurses are assaulted every month.”

“The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was assaulted after she asked her attacker to leave when the woman became aggressive and abusive in the waiting room on January 16 at 12.30am… ‘She then turned and punched me to the face and I became unbalanced and then she punched the daylights out of my head,’ the nurse said.’ She said the beating only stopped when the mother of a six-year-old she was treating came to her aid.”

Devic also mentions that a big factor in the aggressive behavior of the patient was the frustration casued by the long wait in the ER and the lack of staff available.

Even with all of these stories that are popping up in the news, if you are called to complete a RN to BSN program, you have to follow your heart. Every job poses a risk, but you just need to play it smart and be aware of your surroundings. 

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Nurses Can Put Patients at Risk – Using What You Learned as a RN to BSN Student

March 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

          BusinessWeek.com reported two days ago about an incredibly obvious fact about nurses: when nurses are tired, they aren’t at the top of their game. This is an issue that keeps coming up, but now there are some statistics that prove what we all seem to know. Exhaustion means that you can’t remember everything you learned in your RN to BSN program.
          Robert Preidt sums up the issue by reporting that researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing found that patients at hospitals where nurses work 12 hour shifts are more likely to die from pneumonia or a heart attack. These researchers determined this result by “looking at patient outcomes and staffing information at 71 acute care hospitals in Illinois and North Carolina, along with survey responses from 633 nurses who worked at the hospitals.”
          Preidt explains that many nurses have taken up the 12 hour work days to shorten their work week. This trend started in the 1980’s when there was a major nursing shortage. Although many nurses like these schedules because of the compressed nature of the work week, the long schedule, as well as shift work in general, leads to sleep deprivation,” study author Alison Trinkoff, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, said in a university news release.
          There has been some debate as to whether or not limiting consecutive work hours should be enforced, but I’m not sure that is the answer. Policemen, firemen and many other professions are required to work lengthy shifts. I think that it depends on the person and the human body is amazing; it can adjust over time to compensate for missed sleep (just ask any RN to BSN student during clinicals). Personally, I know that I could not work this schedule, so hopefully others will use common sense and not apply for a schedule that would be detrimental to themselves or their patients.
          “Alertness and vigilance required for providing good nursing care depend upon having an adequate duration of quality sleep and rest, and long work hours can impact the quality of nursing care and can increase the potential for error,” Trinkoff stated. Also, lack of vacation time off is a huge factor in the margin of error. However, in this economy, it is obvious why so many are working overtime and are delaying their vacations.

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Nursing Students Faced with Decision of Ethics – RN to BSN Students Have Tough Choices to Make

March 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

          Being in an RN to BSN school isn’t easy. You have to be an expert on hundreds of medications, know how to use countless blinking and beeping machines, be a counselor to patients and families who are hurting and you have to make difficult life changing decisions. Nurses need to have an extra dose of courage and a strong sense of self to face the difficult moral decisions that may be presented on the job.
          John Jalsevac reports on LifeSiteNews.com about a controversial policy once implemented by Vanderbilt University to its nursing students. Jalsevac states that, “At issue was Vanderbilt’s nurse residency application, which stated on page 15, ‘If you are chosen for the Nurse Residency Program in the Women’s Health track, you will be expected to care for women undergoing termination of pregnancy.’” He further explains that, “The application went on to encourage those who may feel that they cannot ‘provide care to women during this type of event,’ to ‘apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program.’”
          In this controversial situation, “the ADF argued that the policy was a clear violation of federal law, in that it forced students to participate in abortions, the university denied the charges… the university had argued that the offending clauses in the application were added simply “in order to create an awareness that terminations are performed here at Vanderbilt,” and that the university had a policy allowing students to opt-out of activities that violated their consciences.
          “The ADF shot back, however, saying that this wasn’t good enough. ‘Vanderbilt is being duplicitous by talking about the wrong policy,’ said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. ‘Vanderbilt’s application package specifically requires applicants to promise to assist in abortions and says nothing about another Vanderbilt policy which does not require them to assist in abortions.’
          “In its update to applicants Wednesday, Vanderbilt stated, ‘While Vanderbilt expects all health care providers, including nurses who participate in the Nurse Residency Program’s Women’s Health Track, to provide compassionate care to all patients, no health care provider is required to participate in a procedure terminating a pregnancy if such participation would be contrary to an individual’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.’”
          I believe that if you are going into nursing as an RN to BSN, know what you believe before you sign your name to your first job application. Abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research and many other issues are hot topics that you may have to come face to face with. Before you enter the heat of battle, have your moral compass set.
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Making it Through Your First Year of Being a BSN

March 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

          Let’s face it: a new job is hard regardless of the field. Getting to know your co-workers, learning different procedures and rules for a new hospital or practice and just getting into a routine takes some serious getting used to. I think we also build some unrealistic expectations in our mind before we embark on a new path and romanticize the highs and lows. No job transition is easy, but here are a few tips from Amy Bozeman on scrubsmag.com to ease into your first job with your RN to BSN degree.
1. Check, Re-check and check again – “I look at everything happening in the room and listen to my patient one last time before exiting the room.”
2. Learn the value of teamwork – A big part of nursing is working as a team and that can be challenging with different personalities and work styles. Whether you’re a people person or like to work independently, nursing will require you to work as a team player with other nurses, doctors, specialists, and other hospital staff. Learn how to cope with others. “It takes effort, time and patience to contribute to a team, yet the payoff can be amazing,” explains Bozeman.
3. Say “Yes!” – Go out with co-workers and overtime equals good money. Know your limits, but take chances, too.
4. Take care of yourself – Make yourself a top priority; no one else will. Okay, that’s kind of harsh, but you have to look after your best interests sometimes. You’re constantly taking care of others, but you have to take care of yourself in order to do so. Rest, relax, and have some “me time.” Refuel and recharge so you can work to your optimum capabilities.
5. Take a break – this goes with the above tip, but it’s worth mentioning twice!
6. “Part time is sublime” – Bozeman says that, “Recently I went part time on the floor and I am a new woman. Because I work nights, three or more shifts a week had me completely turned around and I was in rough shape on my days off. My personal life took a beating. Then I went part time, found another way to make $ during daylight hours, and voila, I feel human again!”
7. Nursing is a choice – “Every time I get down on my job, my coworkers, or my patients, I step back and remind myself that I chose this profession. That puts a stop on my running screaming from the unit on crazy nights. I’m not stuck being a nurse.” Although you will never regret completing an RN to BSN program!

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Tips for Finding a Job Once You’re a BSN

March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

          Okay, so you’re almost done with your RN to BSN degree or you’re in school and you want to plan ahead. What can you do now to help assure that you’ll find a place in the job market after all of your hard work? Well, scrubsmag.com writer Ani Burr has some helpful tips as you dip your feet into the nursing pool. 

1. Get a Job – Experience counts for a lot. Get “your foot in the door by working as a student nurse.”
2. Keep Your Grades Up – This is an obvious one, but the better your grades, the better your chances of landing a job that you want. “Employers may be looking at your transcripts to set you aside from the other files on the desk.”
3. Get Involved – “Whether it is being a part of your nursing class student body (class president, treasurer, etc), or joining the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) chapter at your school, or a nursing fraternity like Alpha Tau Delta (ATD), having these listed on your resume under extracurricular activities is like that shiny gold star that might make potential employers take a second glance.” This sounds like advice we received in high school when applying for college, but it still holds true!
4. Keep Your Work – Not sure if this holds true, but “if the job market stays in the direction it’s going, hospitals may be looking at a portfolio of your accomplishments from nursing school.” Keep case studies, posters, etc. to show a potential employer at a job interview.
When I was a teacher applying for a job, we had to create a binder of our lesson plans and student work. Our binder edge had our name on it and if our folder never got opened, at least our name was present throughout the whole interview.
5. Find a Job, Any Job – “We’re being told that it’s better to stick it out somewhere you’re not all that excited about for a year, gain your experience, and then magically, one year later, you are no longer a new grad, you’ve got experience under the belt and your odds of getting the job you wanted are greater because of the experience you’ve gained.” And let’s face it, after college, when does anyone get the job of their dreams?
6. Be Professional – “Remember that when you interview, or go to submit an application, or even show up to HR to ask, that you are representing not only yourself, but the 3 years of education you’ve received from your school. When you show up, you are asking to be a part of a profession that is honorable and distinguished, so you have to live up to that standard.”

You’ve worked hard in your RN to BSN program and now you’re ready to face the world. Confidence and humility will get you far!

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From RN to BSN School and into the ER Battle Zone

March 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

          Every day I scan the internet looking for interesting or informative stories and tips to bring to you. Since you’re probably in an RN to BSN school or in the health care profession, you probably know a lot about the difficulties in the current health care profession. This article that I found on allnurses.com was sad and intriguing, but it was the comments that I usually don’t read that had me really thinking.
          The Sacramento Bee reported on December 31 about a two year old girl who had to wait over five hours in the emergency room to be seen for her ailment. Reporter Cynthia Hubert describes the incident. “[Ryan] Jeffers and Leah Yang … took their daughter to an urgent care center, where specialists told them to go to the emergency room. By the time they arrived at Methodist [Hospital], he said, splotches that looked like bruises had developed on Malyia’s cheeks, and she was ‘getting really weak,’ he said. ‘After a while, she couldn’t even walk,’ and her fever had jumped to 103 degrees.”
          Because of the excessive time it took for little Malyia to be seen, “They ultimately had to perform operations to amputate her lower legs and her left hand, which had been irreversibly damaged by a lack of oxygen.” She had a case of Streptococcus A infection that somehow invaded her blood, muscles and internal organs.
          This story is tragic as a toddler has her life irreversibly changed, but the controversy over whether or not the nursing staff in the ER was at fault also has me intrigued. Here are some comments that viewers posted on AllNurses.com:
“This is horrible but I don’t believe this all happened in five hours. How long did the parents wait to seek care? I am so sorry for this girl but I feel the entire story is just a set up for a lawsuit.”
“..if you cannot at least see a patient..take basic vitals and triage a little better close the doors and send patients elsewhere…you are understaffed..now look a little closer..in that 5 hours did the staff get their lunches and breaks as ordered?”
“As a nurse you should know that nurses are human beings so we need to eat, pee, and do everything else a patient needs to survive and function safely. I agree that the behaviors you described equated to poor patient care, but there are excuses… The excuses lay with budget cuts, short staffing, and poor leadership of that floor. These excuses all lay at the feet of management.”
          These are just a few comments that bring up some interesting points… problems with health care, truth in reporting, and the superhuman powers that nurses are supposed to possess. This is what keeps nursing so exciting and if you would like to join this challenging and exceptional field, look into an RN to BSN program.

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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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