Educators and Healthcare Professionals Collaborated at the 3rd Annual Unitek Conference

How Caring Science Can Transform the Future of Healthcare

Educators and Healthcare Professionals Collaborated at the 3rd Annual Unitek Conference

Educators and healthcare professionals collaborated at the 3rd Annual Unitek Conference to heighten the role of caring within academia

Fremont, California – December 5, 2018 – To change the world, we must first change ourselves. This philosophy reinforces the theme of Unitek’s transformative conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Newark, California. Led by world-renowned nursing theorist Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN), Distinguished Professor and Founder/Director of Watson Caring Science Institute, participants and esteemed guests discussed the impact of caring attributes on student learning experiences. Specifically, they discussed how to “Infuse Caring into Teaching and Learning.”

During the November 12th conference, Dr. Watson served as keynote speaker to introduce her theory of caring principles (Caritas™). Hundreds of guests attended this groundbreaking event to reflect on the important impact of caring science on the individual as well as healthcare and technology professions. The Conference also featured numerous experts in the field, including Joseph Morris, PhD, MSN RN GNP – Executive Director of the California Board of Nursing, Jim D’Alfonso, DNP, RN, PhD(h), NEA-BC, FNAP – Executive Director of Professional Practice, Leadership Development & Research for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and Jeffrey Hudson-Covolo, DNP RN – Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nurse and Executive at Sierra View Medical Center.

A Call to Action for Healthcare and the Individual

Ultimately, it’s critical to incorporate the principles of caring science into daily life. At Unitek’s Conference, educators and healthcare professionals set an important example by advocating for caring science and urging others to advance the concept of caring in their own lives. To walk the talk, teachers attending the conference practiced Watson’s Caritas™ principles in order to make learning fun, meaningful, and enduring.

By discussing their efforts to create a more caring world, the panelists directed a call to action toward the audience. “What if everyone took a dose of caring science? What if we infused that philosophy in the K-12 systems? What if we infused that philosophy in all of our colleges and universities? How different the world would be,” said Dr. Morris. The panelists also discussed changes needed in hiring practices, language around care, and relationships between teachers and learners.

Beginning in 2019, Unitek’s Chief Academic Officer, Abdel Yosef, PhD, RN, CNE, will launch the Caring Initiative Award as a way to recognize members of the faculty that go above and beyond to innovate, elevate, and demonstrate consistent caring attributes through adult teaching and learning in the classroom.

Overview of Unitek College

Unitek Learning is the parent company of two distinguished learning institutions: Unitek EMT and Unitek College. Taught by experienced professionals, Unitek programs teach the best-practice clinical technique and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

More Bay Area Hospitals for Bay Area Nurses

More Bay Area Hospitals for Bay Area Nurses

More Bay Area Hospitals for Bay Area Nurses

More Bay Area Hospitals for Bay Area Nurses

Last week, we highlighted three Bay Area hospitals—or more accurately, three opportunities for Bay Area nurses and nursing students who are deciding where to send their applications. But if none of the three struck you as “the one”, don’t worry! The Bay Area is full of respected and well-known hospitals and clinics who are always looking for hard-working, well-trained nurses.

This week, we’re highlighting three more hospitals in the Bay Area—including where they are, what they’re known for, and (most importantly) where to go to send in your application.


  1. Kindred Hospital, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Who They Are: Kindred Hospital is a transitional care hospital—meaning they offer the same care as most hospitals, but they cater specifically to patients who have an extended recovery period ahead of them.

Bragging Points: Offering 99 patient beds plus a 10-bed ICU and two negative pressure rooms, Kindred is well-equipped to provide specialized care during those longer recovery periods. This includes programs that focus specifically on those recovering from a recent organ transplant, stroke recovery, post-intensive care syndrome, wound care, and IV antibiotic therapy.

How To Apply: Click here to search available jobs at Kindred Hospital (or their “at home” and hospice care units).


  1. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital – Palo Alto, CA

Who They Are: A branch of Stanford Children’s Health, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is part of the only health care system in the Bay Area that exclusively focuses on pediatrics and obstetrics. With a total of 60 locations across the Bay Area, Stanford Children’s Health offers everything from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care.

Bragging Points: Not only have they been ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties by US News and World Reports, but the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital just recently expanded, adding an additional 521,000 square feet to their hospital building.

How To Apply: Search open jobs and apply by clicking here. You can also test the waters as a volunteer by clicking here.


  1. Eden Medical Center – Castro Valley, CA

Who They Are: A member of the Sutter Health family, Eden Medical Center “is the regional trauma center for Southern Alameda County and features many centers of excellence, including neurosciences, orthopedics, rehabilitation, birthing center, imaging, stroke and cancer care.”

Bragging Points: Eden Medical Center boasts 130 beds (all private rooms), but even more impressive is the Sutter Health not-for-profit mission. Sutter Health is known for reinvesting funds back into their communities, and claim to care for more low-income Northern California patients than any other health system.

How To Apply: You can find a list of open nursing jobs by clicking here.


As we continue to dig into the plethora of health systems and hospitals in the Bay Area, one thing continues to be clear: for a nurse or nursing student in the Bay Area, lack of opportunity should never be a problem.


Ready to get started on your nursing or medical assisting career? Contact Unitek College today for more information on programs, classes, and opportunities.

The Key to Fighting Superbugs Might Be Milk… Platypus Milk

The Key to Fighting Superbugs Might Be Milk… Platypus Milk

The Key to Fighting Superbugs Might Be Milk… Platypus Milk

The Key to Fighting Superbugs Might Be Milk… Platypus Milk

The platypus—the name alone says “bizarre”, not to mention how the animal actually looks. Take an otter, give it a beaver tail, poisonous feet, the ability to lay eggs, and a duck bill, and you’ve got the platypus—an animal so strange that early naturalists thought it might be a hoax. And believe it or not, but this strange creature might just hold the key to defeating antibiotic resistance.

“Platypus are such weird animals that it would make sense for them to have weird biochemistry,” says CSIRO scientist and lead author on the research, Dr. Janet Newman. “The platypus belongs to the monotreme family, a small group of mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young. By taking a closer look at their milk, we’ve characterized a new protein that has unique antibacterial properties with the potential to save lives.”

The secret of the milk appears to be in how it’s given to the animal’s babies. Since the platypus doesn’t have teats, they “sweat” milk onto their stomachs—essentially creating a dish from which the young can lap up dinner. The problem is, this approach exposes the milk to outside contaminants, so it requires an extra ingredient to keep it safe for young mouths.

So if that secret ingredient can protect a baby platypus from bacteria, researchers asked themselves, could it also protect humans? The answer looks very promising.

The milk’s ability to defeat bacteria appears to lie in a unique protein, one researchers have dubbed “Shirley Temple” after it’s unusual ringlet shape. This shape (according to their hypothesis) would most likely function differently than our current antibiotics, allowing it to attack and kill bacteria that other drugs can’t.

There’s still plenty of work to be done—synthesizing, testing, re-testing, animal trials, human trials, etc.—but every advance towards the end of superbugs is something to be excited about.

Antibiotic resistant “superbugs” were declared an international health crisis by the UN in recent years, with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that the bugs pose “a fundamental, long-term threat to human health, sustainable food production and development.”

“Let me give just a few, sobering examples,” he continued. “More than 200,000 newborn children are estimated to die each year from infections that do not respond to available antibiotics. An epidemic of multidrug-resistant typhoid is now sweeping across parts of Africa, being spread through water. Resistance to HIV/AIDS drugs is on the rise. Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis has been identified in 105 countries. And resistance to antimalarial medicines is an urgent public health concern in the Greater Mekong sub-region.”

In other words, the threat isn’t looming in the future, it’s already here. And the research into platypus milk as well as other antibacterial possibilities is something that all of us in the healthcare industry should be paying very close attention to.

For more information on how you can begin your own career in healthcare, Unitek College is here to help. Contact us today for more information.

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Paging Doctor Kermit: A Frog May Hold Key To Universal Flu Vaccine

Paging Doctor Kermit

A Frog May Hold Key To Universal Flu Vaccine

We’re now halfway through October, and while we still have a few weeks to go until Halloween kicks off the holiday season, we’re already well into flu season. Flu season (October through May in the United States, with peaks in December and February) tends to bring significant spikes of influenza cases nationwide, as kids go back to school, people spend more time indoors, the cold helps preserve viruses, and people get less Vitamin D from the sun.

Currently, the best defense against the influenza virus is inoculation, and health officials recommend everyone get their shots before the end of October—particularly those more vulnerable to the illness, such as children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical issues. This year, some are predicting an especially nasty flu season.

“But influenza is unpredictable,” says Colorado epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy. “It could be an indicator that it is going to be a more severe season. But it could change.”

Unfortunately, the flu vaccine isn’t always effective. While health officials do their best to predict which strain of influenza will impact the country, the result is still an educated guess. In 2014, for example, the flu vaccine protected against the wrong strain, leaving millions vulnerable to the actual virus.

But while flu vaccines are currently the best defense, a potentially better one is currently being researched. And you’ll never guess where scientists found it.

Researchers at Emory University discovered that the non-toxic mucus collected from the backs of a South Indian frog contains an element that causes certain germs to literally explode—while allowing other cells and viruses to pass by.

“We tested it against viruses that came from the 1930s until the current ones, and it kills all of the H1s. It doesn’t touch H3. It’s very, very specific,” explains Emory’s Joshy Jacob, who led the study.

The secret ingredient is an element dubbed urumin, a peptide that targets hemagglutinin (HA), a protein that allows the influenza virus to attach itself to human cells. Without the protein, the virus can’t attach and dies off, and so far, urumin has knocked back every H1NX flu virus it’s gone up against. As for why the germs explode after exposure, researchers are still working on theories—the leading theory being that urumin releases an electrostatic force after binding that destroys the outer shell of the germ.

While urumin doesn’t destroy all types of flu virus, researchers are still optimistic and hope to study urumin in order to develop a universal cure. The tests are currently being done on mice, with ferrets next in line. Then, should those tests go well, humans will be next.

(And if you’re a little grossed out by the idea of taking a medicine distilled from frog mucus, just be thankful you aren’t living in ancient Russia, when people first discovered the medicinal benefits of frogs by dropping them milk jugs helped keep the milk from going bad.)

For this flu season, though, don’t expect any miracle cures. Get that flu shot soon!

If you’re interested in beginning your own career in health care, contact Unitek College today for information on our many available health care programs, classes, and online options.

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Are State Favoring Nurses with BSN’s?

Jennifer Matton of Abington, PA had to carve time out of her busy schedule to go back to school for the 3rd time to obtain her BSN. Matton, a mother of four boys and a registered nurse (RN) at Abington Memorial Hospital, noticed a trend of hospitals preferring nurses with BSNs versus RNs.

Hospitals in New York and New Jersey are starting a quiet trend as talks of possibly passing legislation that will require nurses to have a bachelor in nursing have been brewing. The law, nicknamed “BSN-in-ten,” has yet to be enforced or finalized however, some hospitals have already implemented that requirement in their hiring process. The legislation states that current registered nurses in those states are given 10 years to return to school and obtain their degrees in order to keep their licenses and practices.*

The push for this act started back in 1974 and was approved in 1985 however, due to many objections, implementation of the act stalled. The main argument against this legislation is that experience overpowers classroom learning. Also, that due to the shortage of registered nurses and hospital schedule demands; it would be a hard requirement to enforce.

Matton believes in this requirement due to the importance of the required decision making of her profession.

“It blows me away how much influence nurses have on serious treatment decisions,” Matton said. “After going back to school, I think more critically about what we’re doing, and I have a better understanding of why we’re doing it.”*

This trend may carry across the U.S. as cities in Rhode Island and Long Island are considering to follow in New York and New Jersey’s footsteps. Matton decided to go back to school to obtain her BSN after noticing the trend that hospitals prefer to hire nurses with higher degrees. Regardless if this law is enforced in your state or not, knowing that hospitals prefer a nurse with a higher degree, wouldn’t you like to gain an edge with an advance degree? Contact us to find out how.

*BSN-in-10 act will require nurses to obtain a BAN in 10 years. (Source:, 01/2012).

*Jennifer Matton returned to school for the 3rd time to obtain her BSN and quote from her. (Source:, 06/2012).

*Rhode Island and Long Island are considering applying the BSN-in-10 act in their cities (Source:, 03/2011)

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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.