United Career Institute is excited to introduce Practical Nursing student Gino Norelli! Before starting at United Career Institute, Gino graduated from Belle Vernon High School and worked as a manager at UPS for a few years. When asked why he chose to switch gears and attend United, Gino said, “I chose United for the opportunities the program created. I knew that I didn’t want to do manual labor forever.”
United Career Institute’s Practical Nursing program prepares students to sit for the state licensing exam in the hopes of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse and to work in a variety of settings, such as doctor offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, long term care facilities, and nursing homes, community and home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and private physician offices. Students prepare for their career in healthcare through classes and labs on UCI’s campus and their clinicals in each of the program’s areas of study.
After completing United’s fast-track program and sitting for his NCLEX -PN licensing exam,* Gino plans to use his knowledge and skills to work as a traveling nurse. When asked why he chose this field and program, Gino said, “I enjoy taking care of and talking to people,” Gino is undoubtedly a people person and can talk to anyone, including the faculty and students of the other programs at UCI.
Though he doesn’t have her for classes, medical assisting instructor Kelly Clark has become a mentor and an encouraging and supportive presence to Gino. Campus president, Arnold Thimons, is another role model of Gino. “I really look up to Arnold, and I hope to achieve as much as he has,” he said.
When asked what his favorite part of attending United is, Gino said that he enjoys the people he gets to meet, both his peers and the staff of the school. One instructor, Tina Fenuys, had an incredible impact on Gino’s education by turning Pharmacology, one of Gino’s least favorite classes, into one of Gino’s most favorite classes through how she teaches the material.
*Passing the NCLEX-PN is required to become a Practical Nurse.