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Positive Outlook for Healthcare Jobs in 2013

Healthcare jobs of all kinds found their way into U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the top 100 jobs of 2013, with dentist coming in at number one. Medical secretary, diagnostic sonographer, respiratory therapist, physical therapy assistant and dental hygienist all ranked among the top 25 jobs.

The one thing all these positions have in common is demand. Across the board, there is an immediate need for skilled healthcare workers, and that need is projected to increase over the next ten years, two major reasons why healthcare (and tech) jobs earned so many of the top spots. The rankings also considered factors such as stress level, work-life balance and salary, in addition to job security, unemployment rate and demand.

They also ranked the top 24 jobs in Healthcare for 2013. This year, along with the jobs you would expect (physician, dentist, pharmacist) a number of new, support roles appeared such as veterinary technician and diagnostic medical sonographer. According to US News & World Report, for medical positions, “the most occupational growth [is] expected among healthcare support jobs.”

Even if engaging people in conversation while you pick at their teeth with a metal hook isn’t for you, all in all, it looks like it’s a great time to be in healthcare.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

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Heroic NICU Nurses save Babies During Hurricane Sandy

There are many stories coming out of Hurricane Sandy, the monstrous storm that hit the East Coast last week.  One very touching story that comes to mind is the evacuation of New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York City.  As the super storm crashed ashore, the power went out at the Medical Center and as if that wasn’t bad enough then the back-up generator failed as gallons of water flooded the basement. As the hospital went dark and essential life saving equipment stopped working, staff worked quickly but safely to evacuate their 300 patients.

In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit some of the infants weighed less than two pounds. These babies required constant care as the nurses struggled to keep them alive.  Four babies could not breathe on their own, so initially received oxygen from battery powered respirators.  I’m sure everyone has seen the images by now when they brought out the most critical baby.  He just had abdominal surgery the day before, plus a cardiac defect, so was the first to be evacuated. The sense of urgency in this horrible situation when caring for an eight hour old infant is really hard to conceive.

The nurses did not panic, but functioned as professionals, staying calm. There were seven nurses and six doctors that managed to wrap these twenty babies in blankets and heating pads, while pumping air into their lungs as they slowly descended the dark stairway.

Claudia Roman expressed to ABC’s 20/20 her concerns worrying about tripping in the stairway as she carried “someone’s precious child and that would be unforgivable.*

Margot Condon was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper as she explained this whole ordeal. These heroic nurses managed to move twenty babies down 9 flights of stairs in the dark. The nurses had to manually breath for these babies, watch their central IV lines and keep them warm. Margot stated each baby had a monitor but it was difficult to see them in the dark, so one nurse bagged the baby, while another nurse held the IV lines and the monitor. *

Medical students from across the city brought flashlights to help evacuate the hospital. Margot stated she was probably scared, but she still managed to remain calm. She further stated she remained focused on watching the breathing tube and the central IV line. “It was a beautiful thing – everyone helping each other.” Margot stated this was certainly the most dramatic experience in her 36 years of nursing experience. Ambulances were lined up just outside the hospital, so the babies were moved to various hospitals in the city that did have electrical power. *

If that’s not a story that brings a tear to your eye then I don’t know what would.  This is what being a nurse is all about, working as a team for the greater health of the patient. You love your job; you do what you have to do to help your patients in time of need, no matter what is going around you. Everyone’s quick decision making, teamwork and dedication to their patient helped in what could have made what was a major disaster much worse end up being one of the truly remarkable stories coming out of this storm.

There is a lesson to be learned from Hurricane Sandy and maybe this would be a good time to think about what you would do in this type of situation.  Whether you are a student nurse or an alumni it’s always good to make sure you as well as you place of employment have back up plans in place if an event like this were to happen.

Has this heroic story touched you?  Do you feel your calling is to be a nurse?  Unitek College offers Training in Vocational Nursing (LVN), Registered 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.


* Claudia Roman recalls on 20/20 her effort to evacuate 20 babies from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NY University’s Langone Medical Center.  (Source: Heroes Among Us. 20/20. ABC News, New York. 11/2012. Television).

* Margot Condon explains to Anderson Cooper her role in the fight against time as she evacuates babies from New York University’s Langone Medical Center NICU.  (Source: Anderson Cooper 360º. CNN News, New York. 11/2012. Television).


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Unitek College Earns the Title of Military Friendly School

Military families are finding more options for higher education at Unitek College of California. G.I. Jobs magazine recently named Unitek College’s Fremont campus to its 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools®. Not every institute of higher education is qualified to be a military friendly school. G.I. Jobs reserves the prestigious title for just the top 15 percent of VA-approved, accredited colleges, universities and trade schools that fully support the G.I. lifestyle.

The school earned its military friendly stripes by providing exceptional educational programs and superior financial assistance for qualified U.S. service veterans and spouses. Unitek College is a nationally accredited school and particularly well-suited to military lifestyles.

Specific Unitek College courses directed to veterans and G.I.s would include Medical Assistant (MA), Pharmacy Technician (PT), Vocational Nurse (VN), Registered Nurse (LVN to RN), LVN to RN Transitional Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Unitek College also offers training in the areas of Accounting, however, this programs is not yet eligible for VA funding.

Veterans looking to complete LVN training or LVN to RN training will find a wealth of educational resources and financial assistance at Unitek College. The school is wholly dedicated to the success of its students. In fact, an astonishing 92 percent of nurses who complete Unitek College’s RN course will also pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) — more than any other non-profit private vocational school in the area.

Abundant G.I. benefits are available to help service personnel and veterans stay in school, and Unitek College is a champion in this field. For example, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides housing and financial support for qualified veterans and their families. Another helpful benefit is the Montgomery G.I. Bill, which provides up to 36 months of financial assistance toward higher education. Military survivors and dependents may benefit from the Dependents Education Assistance program, which can provide up to 45 months of financial funding for eligible students. Additionally, Unitek College proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for G.I.s, wherein tuition monies donated by the school are matched by the Veteran’s Administration.

It is hard to imagine a more supportive environment for military families than Unitek College. Qualified G.I.s and veterans who desire a quality education can find a wealth of on-campus resources, expert guidance and financial assistance there. Unitek College well-deserves its designation as one of the top military friendly schools in the U.S.

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Get Your Gadget – A Guide to Convincing Parents You NEED That New Laptop

Gadgets are expensive, there’s no denying it. What are you supposed to do when you need a new one and your folks don’t want to pony up the cash for it? While it’s certainly their hard-earned cash on the line, there are a few things you can do to overcome their objections. The most important thing to do is to make sure they know it’s a “need”, not really a “want”. How do you do that?

1. Build a Case

The first thing you need to do is prove to your folks that not only do you need that shiny new laptop, but that it will help you in several ways. From writing reports to checking your grades online and being able to getting better grades in school, building a list of why you need that laptop will help you make your case.

2. Don’t Get Angry

Even if your folks flat turn you down, resist the urge to get mad. No matter how badly you want or need that laptop, sometimes it’s just not to be. However, by not getting ticked off when they say no, you make it more likely it will happen down the road.

3. Accept Used

Finally, if you really want to get your parents’ approval, tell them you’re happy with a used model. That proves you’re not in it for the shiny newness and really do need one to help with school.

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Sacramento Campus Receives Accreditation

Unitek College’s Sacramento Campus is proud and very excited to announce that our career training programs have received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a leading accrediting agency, dedicated to ensuring a quality education for 250,000+ students who pursue career education at 800 accredited institutions.

ACCSC stimulates nurtures, verifies and recognizes ongoing educational quality and integrity in institutions offering programs of a vocational and career-oriented nature. ACCSC’s mission has an objective to assure students and the general public of the quality of educational training provided by ACCSC-accredited institutions and their programs.   

Navraj Bawa, COO, Unitek College commented, “We are excited that our Sacramento Campus’s vocational training programs are now accredited. This underscores the high standards of quality education we impart in our vocational courses. Students looking to advance their careers can rest assured that they are making the correct decision by enrolling in our high-quality training programs.”

This is encouraging news for those students who have been pursuing career-training programs offered by Unitek College in Sacramento including the Vocational Nursing Training, and Medical Assisting Training programs. To read more on this announcement, please proceed here- Healthcare Training School Campus Receives Accreditation.

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview Part II

You wake up in the morning and your stomach is feeling queasy, you tossed and turned all night and you watch the clock like it’s the finale of American Idol. Either it’s the day of a job interview or you ate too many enchiladas the night before. As an vocational nursing student, finding a job is the apex of all the hard work and dedication put into studying for countless months. Now is not the time to relax!

Nursezone.com has a great article on how to prepare the day of a job interview. Here are a few tips to make the most of this opportunity.

1) Make a great first impression. – “Studies have shown that managers often make hiring decisions within 30 seconds of meeting a candidate. It’s that initial impression that stands out in the interviewer’s mind when they are evaluating you vs. another candidate. This is why dress, grooming, a clear speaking voice and a winning smile are important.”

2) Dress for Success – Ask other nurses what is appropriate for a job interview at a certain location. Different jobs at different hospitals tend to have varying standards. It’s better to be overdressed than too relaxed. Be clean, wrinkle free and polished. “Dressing in neat, professional clothes shows respect for the facility and your nursing career.”

3) Allow plenty of time to get to the interview. – Nothing is worse than arriving late and appearing frazzled. Being early shows your dedication and professionalism. Also, allow time for the unexpected accident, wardrobe malfunction or traffic detour.

4) Listen carefully – Several questions are going to be asked of you. Take a deep breath, carefully listen to what the interviewer is asking and be thorough with your answers without rambling.

5) Ask thoughtful questions. – Inevitably, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. Be sure to study up on the hospital ahead of time so you can ask insightful questions. “It is also helpful to ask the hiring manager what skills they think are most important to succeed at this job, and then be sure to point out how you have demonstrated those skills in previous situations.”

For vocational nursing students in the San Francisco Bay Area, the interview process can be nerve wracking and stressful, but this is your time to shine! Be confident in your skills and be willing to show that you want to learn. A great job is waiting for you!

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