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Choosing the Right Nursing School

So you want to join the health care profession but you’re not quite sure where to start. Dr. Juli Daniels, CCRN reports on endonurse.com five factors that you should consider when choosing a school to further your education.
1. Find the right program to meet your career goals – Daniels explains that, “The first thing to do is to decide on what level of nursing you would like to start.” Do you want to be an Vocational Nursing , RN or get your BSN? Should you become a Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting ? There are so many options, how much time and money do you want to invest before you start your new career?
2. Find the right school to meet your personal needs – What demands do you currently have in your life and what adjustments are you going to have to make as you pursue a new career? Do you have a full time job or a family to take care of? Maybe an online program or unconventional school would be better than say a state university. Also, Daniels recommends that, “if you had a difficult time in school in the past, you should look for a college that provides support services such as tutoring, faculty mentoring, small class sizes, and additional resources to help you be successful.”
3. Find a School with a Good Reputation – “First and foremost, you should consider their accreditation. There are typically two forms of accreditation—regional and national. Regional accreditation is held by institutions such as the University of Florida, Northwestern University, and the University of Minnesota, and while credit transfer is always determined by the accepting institution, credits from one regionally accredited college are more likely to transfer to another regionally accredited institution. National accreditation is typically held by career colleges,” Daniels explains. The second factor to consider is whether or not the school is approved by the nursing board in the state in which it is located. Each state has its own nursing board website for you to confirm whether the school is legitimate. Finally, get the opinion of others in the field. If you want to work at hospitals in your area and they have had negative contact with the school or graduates from the school you are planning on attending, that is obviously a bad sign. As those who know who are already working in the position you want about where they earned their certification.
4. Interact With the Faculty – You’re going to be spending a lot of time with these instructors. What is their experience in the field? Are they passionate about teaching?

If you are looking for a quality school to get you started in the health care industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara or Sacramento, consider Unitek College. They can help you reach your goals and have the reputation, flexibility and strong faculty that will get you to where you want to be.

For more information, please go to:
http://www.endonurse.com/articles/2011/01/five-factors-for-choosing-the-right-nursing-school.aspx

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Vocational Nursing One of Most Promising Careers

No matter what healthcare career you choose, it’s always nice to know that you have options for upward mobility. Vocational Nursing is a great way to go. (My husband is an LVN and going to school to become a firefighter. Most calls that firefighters respond to are medical, so his experience as a nurse and training will be invaluable.)

Noel Rozny from AkiraNews.com reports that there are three top career choices that will get you into the job force quickly with minimal education. While you are working, there is great opportunity for growth and furthering your education.Rozny states that these are the “3 rewarding career paths that you can start quickly and grow in while you work:” a dental assistant, a bookkeeper, and an LVN.

To work your way from being an LVN to an RN, Rozny explains that “While you’re working as a LPN, you can study to become a registered nurse. There are three educational paths to choose from: earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN), an Associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an accredited nursing program (usually offered by hospitals). Any of these programs will allow you to practice as a registered nurse after you graduate (and pass the NCLEX-RN examination). In addition, many schools offer an LPN to RN program to specifically aid this transition.”
Rozny also states that there are many opportunities for nurses who are RNs. “The advancement opportunities for nurses are endless. For registered nurses who don’t have a BSN, there are plenty of programs that make earning your bachelor’s in nursing easy. Once you have your BSN, you can choose to pursue a Master’s in nursing, which will allow you to enter specialized fields and become an advanced practice nurse (APN). (APNs typically become nurse practitioners, certified nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or certified nurse midwives.) If you want to go into teaching or research or a leadership, you can further your career by pursuing a doctorate in nursing. Plus, once you have your BSN, many graduate nursing programs are offered online, making it easy to continue your education. At the end of the day, a nursing career can go as far financially and professionally as you want to take it.” The possibilities are endless once you decide that a career in nursing is for you.
If you would like more information on how to become an LVN or an RN in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara or Sacramento, contact Unitek College. We can get you started on the career path that you’ve dreamed of!

For more information, please go to:
http://www.akiranews.com/2011/01/12/3-promising-careers-with-built-in-upward-mobility/