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One Good Turn Deserves Another

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Nurses can make unforgettable differences in other people’s lives, but even nurses need a helping hand sometimes, and in those stories, it’s the nurse that experiences something unforgettable.

TunDe Hector is an aide who’s in the process of finishing her nursing degree, but her path to graduation hasn’t an easy one. Financial hardships were hitting fast, and she was struggling just to keep gas in her car. Such was the case on a rainy Georgia afternoon when her car ran out of gas on the side of the road. While walking through the rain, she was passed by a young family on their way to church. The driver, Chris Wright, spotted her and felt compelled to stop.

He turned the car around and offered her a ride to the nearest gas station, then filled her gas can and drove her back to her car. But the kindness didn’t end there.

“I was being tugged on the inside again and felt the Lord said, ‘Whatever you have in your pocket just give it to her. She needs that,'” Wright said. “I gave her the $40 and she cried and I didn’t know if I’d ever see her again. But I felt like it was what I was led to do at that point.”

They waved goodbye and parted ways. But their story was far from over.

Three years later, Chris and his family were dealing with a hardship of their own. Chris’s mother (Judy) was diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease and her failing health landed her in the hospital. When she was finally released to be taken home, Chris and the family decided it was time to hire a nursing aide.

The choice, it turned out, was much easier than Chris had anticipated. One particular aide went the extra mile for Judy, showing up without being scheduled and providing excellent care for his mother. She was a natural for the job, but first, Chris wanted a chance to meet her.

“My dad called me after she leaves and said, ‘Hey, I got a lady that we need to use because for whatever it is, there’s something different about her that I feel better when she’s in the house and your mom loves her as well,'” Chris Wright told ABC News. “And I said, ‘Oh, great.’ I texted her and set up a time for her and I to meet to talk about the times she can care for her and what we wanted to have done.”

The woman who showed up, as you may have guessed, turned out to be none other than TunDe Hector herself. The two didn’t recognize each other at first, as their only brief meeting had been three years prior and in the rain. But the experience was one that had stuck with TunDe, and during the interview, she began to share the story of a man who’d stopped to help her in the rain, and the life-changing effect that gesture had had on her life. It was then that Chris realized who she was.

“I just looked at her and I said, ‘TunDe, that was me.’ And we both just start crying. And she said, take your hat off. And so I took my hat off and she said, ‘It was you.’ And we both, we just cried and had a moment right there,” Chris Wright said.

TunDe was given the job, and cared for Judy right up until the day she died. The family then decided that instead of flowers, they asked that anyone wanting to memorialize their mother do so by making donations to a fund that would be used to help TunDe complete nursing school. They’d hoped to raise $1,000 for her tuition costs… and instead raised over $20,000.

You can watch the heartfelt moment when the family presented TunDe here check by clicking here. But we warn you… keep the tissues handy.

We know nurses change lives for the better on a daily basis. But it’s always nice to be reminded that there are grateful people out there just waiting to return the favor.

If you’d like more information on beginning your own career in nursing, check out the many programs available at Unitek College by clicking here.

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Unitek College Reports Stellar Vocational Nursing Program NCLEX Passing Scores

Fremont, CA (March 28, 2013) – Unitek College is pleased to announce its Vocational Nursing Training program reported the highest aggregate NCLEX passing rates among all private for-profit institutions in the Bay Area.*

  1. The 91.21% passing rate of the Fremont campus marks the third consecutive year it has achieved the highest NCLEX passing rate in the Bay Area.
  2. Second only to Fremont, our San Jose campus** had the second highest aggregate NCLEX passing score of any private for-profit school in the Bay Area***, with an aggregate first-time passing rate of 80.65% for 2012.

Unitek College’s Vocational Nursing Training program prepares students to care for patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. The program is an innovative combination of traditional classroom learning and hands-on training – including 1,000 hours spent in simulation labs and real-world healthcare facilities. The program is designed to be completed in just 44 weeks.

Navraj Bawa, Unitek College’s Chief Operating Officer, stated, “We are extremely pleased our nursing school is training and educating such capable and competent graduates. The high passing rate they have achieved speaks to the hard work and dedication by the faculty, staff and students. Our faculty and staff have established a culture of excellence, and the students have consistently risen to the challenge. Kudos to the Vocational Nursing Program for the momentous achievement.”

About Unitek College

Unitek College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit independent accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Programs offered include:

  • Vocational Nursing Training
  • Registered Nurse Bridge – LVN to RN
  • 2 Stage Associate Degree Nursing
  • Bachelors of Science Nursing – RN to BSN
  • Medical Assisting Training
  • Pharmacy Technician Training

To learn more about Unitek College, and the programs offered at each of our campuses, visit or call toll-free at 1-888-735-4355. The Licensed Vocational Nurse is a career that is rewarding.

* Source: Based on numbers reported by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians The numbers are distributed to vocational institutions each quarter. Access to the report can be found here:

**Santa Clara Satellite Campus has moved to San Jose; pass percentage represents Santa Clara 2012.

***Bay Area is a reference to the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.


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Forward with Affordable Care Act

With President Obama re-elected, this means the health care reform that Mitt Romney had planned to stop on day one, had he won, will continue to move forward. The Affordable Care Act increases access to health care ultimately leading a demand for nurses as the country is provided with the right to health care.* The American Nursing Association (ANA) agrees with the president when he says, “health care is a right, not a privilege,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley.* The Act will increase the demand for nurses due to the increase of patients and coverage options.

As of August 2012, one of the most important benefits to the Act was enforced; insurance companies have made preventative screenings, vaccines and scans free under their plans. This will be a positive change for many hospital and clinics as health care providers are given the chance to prevent illnesses. Nurses will have more time to provide health care education and preventative services.

The Act will also introduce over 34 million uninsured Americans by 2014, as it requires anyone that does not have health care to gain coverage either through private companies, Medicaid, Medicare or exchange. In addition, effective 2014, insurance companies may not discriminate or deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.*

Amy Fusselman, a RN at Allegheny GeneralHospitalin Pennsylvaniasaid “I have seen the grief and pain suffered by patients and their families who delayed care because they could not afford the co-pays that come with visits for preventive screenings. In my experience, outcomes are much better when patients have access to proper preventive care and appropriate medical treatment.”*

Another effect of the increase in access to proper health care is the shift to having clinics ran by nurse practitioners.  A nurse practitioner is a nurse that has achieved a graduate level of education. A nurse practitioner can act as a patient’s primary care provider as they have gone through diagnosis and treatment training.

“And in communities where there is no medical care at all, clinics run by nurse practitioners hold the potential to make a real, positive difference in the quality of people’s lives. And that is what ‘care’ is all about,” said a blogger of*

Upcoming reforms from this Act:*

–          January 2013: New funding provided to states to expand Medicaid programs that offer preventative care to patients at low or no cost.

–          Fall of 2013: open enrollment begins

–          January 2014: All Americans will be insured either from private companies, Medicaid, Medicare or exchange.

  • Insurance companies cannot deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Individuals whose employers do not offer insurance can receive coverage from the exchange.
  • Tax credit will be issued to middle class families to help pay for private insurance plans.

–          January 2015: Physician’s pay will be determined by the quality of care they provide.

Would you like to start a career in the expanding world of nursing? UnitekCollegeoffers a variety of nursing training programs. Vocational Nursing, Registered Nurse (RN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).   Contact Unitek College to speak to an admissions representatives to see how you can be a part of history in healthcare.


*The Affordable Care Act calls for all Americans to be insured, and requests nurses to provide patient education and preventative services.  (Source:, 11/2012).

* The American Nurses Association (ANA) publically thanked and congratulated the President on being elected for another 4 years.  (Source:, 11/2012).

*The Affordable Care Act states by 2014 Insurance companies may not deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. (Source:, 11/2012).

*Registered Nurse Amy Fusselman recently shared her support of the Act after experiencing what her patients have gone through.   (Source:, 11/2012).

*A blogger states nurse practitioners have potential to make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives.  (Source:, 11/2012).

* According to the timeline for things to be rolled out.  (Source:, 11/2012).

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Unitek College Welcomes Veterans Back to School

There were many reasons why Lannel De Los Reyes chose to pursue a nursing career. The most compelling reason was watching her dad suffer through rheumatoid arthritis and gout. She decided to dedicate her life to helping others.

“It just motivated me to become a nurse and take care of people, especially my loved ones,” Reyes said.

Reyes served six years active duty with the Air Force and decided to use her GI Bill to attend Unitek College’s Vocational Nursing program in Fremont, CA. Her ultimate goal is to graduate with a Bachelor in Nursing (BSN) and return to the military.

In the same nursing classroom sits another fellow Air Force veteran, Grecia Benitez. One of Benitez’s motivations to enlist into the Air Force directly out of high school was the educational benefits. After completing 5 years of service, Benitez was ready to start on her career path. During an open house tour at Unitek College, she found the start of her nursing career with the Vocational Nursing program.

Benitez’s plan after college is slightly different from Reyes’s.  While Benitez does not shy away from the idea of returning to the military, she is currently focused on completing the Vocational Nursing program and continuing on to become a Registered Nurse through Unitek College’s LVN to RN bridge program. After finishing school, Benitez plans to either pursue a nursing career in a hospital or rejoin the Air Force.

Benitez and Reyes share both a dedication to their country and a desire to achieve higher learning. The Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI bill, amongst other Veterans Assistance (VA) benefits, reward veterans for their service and allow them to pursue higher education.  Although many institutions have yet to accept VA benefits, Unitek College made accepting VA benefits a top priority to make quality education available to America’s returning vets.

The majority of healthcare training programs offered by Unitek College are VA approved. “Unitek College is 100% committed to assisting our dedicated service men and women in making a successful transition into civilian life. Our main priority is to help them obtain the necessary education and training that can be parlayed into a lasting and rewarding career. Serving our veterans is a privilege we don’t take lightly.” Navraj Bawa, COO and Executive Vice President, Unitek College stated in a press release.

“If nursing is what you want to do…I would definitely recommend this school”, Benitez said.

Unitek College anticipates growth in enrollments from veterans who are looking to achieve their goals of higher education. This is particularly true with the recent deep budgetary cuts at public schools. Reyes, in advising other veterans said, “Definitely take advantage of your GI bill. That is part of why I joined the military.”

Are you a VA looking to get into the field of nursing?  Unitek College offers Training in Vocational NursingRegistered Nursing (LVN to RN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN).  Contact us today at 888-735-4355 to see how you can get started on a very rewarding career as a nurse.

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Vocational Nursing Programs: An Exciting Career Choice

LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) programs prepare a practical nursing student to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The Board of Nurse Examiners in each state certifies lvn schools that meet the national standards. In order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, you must graduate from one of these programs.

To be accepted into an approved program you must:

  • Be a high school graduate or have an equivalent diploma
  • Be 18 years old
  • Be current with vaccinations including Hepatitis
  • Have a TB test
  • Have no drug convictions
  • Have no felony record
  • Be of sound mind

If you believe you might have a background problem, check with the nursing board before you spend the time and money for the educational program. Acceptance into and graduation from an LVN program is no guarantee that the State Nursing Board will allow you to become a nurse.

LVN Program Studies

An LVN school will prepare you for responsibilities related to patient care in hospitals, long term care facilities, home health, assisted living centers, physician’s offices, and community health centers.

  • Your studies will include subject content such as Anatomy and physiology, Disease processes, Ethics as related to Health Care, Physical assessment of adults, elderly, and children, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Pharmacology, Task and Time Management, personal care and patient ADL to name just a few.

You will be required to have classroom instruction and clinical labs for hands on practice. Once you are proficient when practicing your skills in a setting with mannequins and other students, you will move on to a clinical area with real patients as a student nurse. You will be supervised by a licensed staff nurse and your clinical nursing instructor during these clinicals so you’re your skills are honed to handle real patients.

After Graduation

Once you complete the LVN program course of study, you must apply to take the State Board examination. A background check will be performed by the Board of Nurse Examiners, and the following factors will be determined:

  • You must have good morals and a professional conduct.
  • You must be free of drug abuse, alcoholism and mental incompetence.
  • Be truthful. Falsification of facts on your application for a nursing license can get you banned for life from your career choice.

After passing your examination, or “sitting for the boards” as it is sometimes called, you will receive your nursing license. Until you have the license in your hand, you cannot work as a licensed vocational nurse. You may work as a nurse tech, or graduate nurse in some locations.

Entering an LVN school is a great start to a career in healthcare. The field is exciting and ever expanding. Layoffs and cutbacks on nurses have not, and probably never will happen. The job outlook grows every year with increasing wages and excellent benefits with most companies. Many nurses continue their education and climb the corporate healthcare ladder. If you love helping people, are compassionate and yet strong under pressure, then an LVN program may provide the career you’ve been looking for.