Alexis King is a graduate of United Career Institute’s Practical Nursing program. After completing the 12-month diploma program, she passed her NCLEX-RN* exam and accepted a position with ProMedica. ProMedica is a healthcare company that specializes in home health, senior care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. Alexis learned about ProMedica when one of their recruiters came to have lunch with her graduating class. She heard about all the things ProMedica offers and decided it would be a great fit for her. Hearing about opportunities with different organizations helps students figure out where they want to be. There are tons of different types of facilities, and every company runs differently. Students can learn more about what it would be like to work for an employer by conversing with them directly. United Career Institute prides itself on creating opportunities for our students to connect with established professionals in the field.
Alexis feels well-prepared to start her job with ProMedica. Entering the practical nursing field for the first time can be daunting, but she has a strong educational foundation to rely on. She says, “one thing that really sticks with me are all the skills we’ve learned and the different care paths/interventions we were taught to use in certain situations.” United Career Institute emphasizes the importance of clinical skills and experience. There are many variables that go into practical nursing, but students can be prepared by exploring a plethora of circumstances and scenarios in a clinical setting. Running labs, clinical practice, and participating hands-on in the field allow students to get comfortable with the things they will experience every day in their future jobs. We know Alexis is well-prepared and doing wonderful things at ProMedica.
When asked what she misses most about United Career Institute, Alexis said, “I miss the positive atmosphere. The instructors try to make every lecture fun so that learning and studying was easier for us.” The practical nursing instructors here at UCI go above and beyond to engage our students. Whether it’s creating meaningful activities that promote active learning or simply having a trivia game review, there is always some sort of fun interaction happening. While there is a lot to learn in just 12 months, instructors do everything they can to ensure students understand and retain the academic material. Alexis said, “the instructors are always there whenever you need them.” The practical nursing staff and the rest of the faculty strive to push our students toward success.
In the future, Alexis plans to go back to school to further her career in nursing. She is eager to move on to her next step, but for now, she says, “I’m really excited to be out in the field and learning new things every day.” Alexis is incredibly smart and capable; we have no doubts she will find success in every avenue of life. We are proud of her current accomplishments and can’t wait to see what she does next.
*Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.