United Career Institute is pleased to introduce you to Stacey Mantich, a valued member of our practical nursing faculty! Stacey obtained her Registered Nurse (RN) Diploma from St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing and then, later on, obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Waynesburg University.
When it comes to experience, Stacey has a lot to bring to the table. Stacey has been a nurse for over 20 years and has previous teaching experience. She has 16 years of experience working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and three years of experience in long-term care at a local nursing facility. When it comes to instruction, Stacey previously taught Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) classes for three years, and she has been with us at United for one year already as a Practical Nursing Instructor.
Stacey chose to work at United because of “the family atmosphere.” Stacey said she stays with United because “We all work together and have common goals.” When asked about her favorite part of working here, Stacey replied, “Seeing the students come out of their shells and the ‘light bulb moments” when they understand something for the first time or grasp a skill.
Stacey credits the students for her motivation. She truly enjoys getting to know each of them and mentoring them during their time at United Career Institute in our fast-track Practical Nursing program. This definitely shows, as you can frequently hear Stacey and her students laughing as you walk down the hall.
The thing Stacey is proudest of was obtaining her BSN 14 years after graduating from nursing school. Additionally, Stacey is proud of her family.
Stacey’s long-term career goals are to continue teaching. When asked why, she replied, “I love it!” When Stacey isn’t teaching, she is still giving back to the community as a volunteer firefighter.
We are so happy to have Stacey as part of the family at United Career Institute!
People always dream of studying abroad, which is exactly what United Career Institute Practical Nursing student Brandon Hegland was able to do. His studies led him to South America, and upon his return to the United States, he attended Mutual Aid’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. Though the training was rigorous, Brandon said it was an “amazing training experience.”
That rigorous training helped to prepare him for what to expect from United’s fast-track Practical Nursing program. When asked about why he chose United, Brandon credited his sister, a graduate of our Mount Braddock campus, as his “inspiration for becoming a nurse.”
Brandon enjoys the small class sizes and the individualized instruction provided by his instructors. When asked who his favorite instructor was, he said Tina because “she really does know the material she teaches and is more than willing to present the material in different ways so that all her students can comprehend the lectures.”
Clinical experiences are Brandon’s favorite as they help put students in the industry and showcase their skills and work collaboratively with other nurses and patients. Brandon says clinical allows him to “put all the skills learned into good use.” Clinical experiences have also presented the opportunity for Brandon to reflect on how much he has grown as a practical nurse.
When asked about his ideal job, Brandon didn’t have a specific organization or area in mind, but he does want to be somewhere where he can see the difference he makes in someone’s life. In his time here at United, this comes as no surprise since Brandon can always be found conversing with his peers and the faculty and staff of United Career Institute with a smile on his face. Five years from now, Brandon sees himself being successful and back to traveling abroad while still keeping in touch with his fellow classmates, particularly Jodi.
To learn more about United’s fast-track Practical Nursing program, request information here!
Shauna King is one of United Career Institute’s determined medical assisting students. She enrolled in the May 2020 start at the Irwin campus. After graduating from East Allegheny High School, Shauna decided to take a year off. She had a few ideas in mind as to what career route she wanted to take. She thought of attending a massage therapy school. She was also considering taking classes at a local community college and then transferring to a larger university to become a veterinarian technician.
Shauna knew that she wanted to help people so she decided on the Medical Assisting program. She had taken a few medical courses in high school, so she already had an understanding of what she would be learning. Her favorite class so far has been Medical Terminology. She said that she took a similar course in high school.
Her favorite part about attending United Career Institute are the other students. “My favorite part about being here would be how easy it is to make friends here. Everyone is so nice and helpful.” Erin Messer is Shauna’s favorite instructor. She thinks that Erin makes class fun and is always so helpful!
After she graduates, Shauna hopes to be working as a medical assistant. She isn’t quite sure what setting she wants to work in yet. She is striving to be very successful at her job and hopes to help people as much as she can. We are so excited to have Shauna in our Medical Assisting program!
To learn more about United Career Institute’s medical programs, request information here!