Amber Berdar – Student Highlight

United Career Institute Mt. Braddock is thrilled to introduce you to our July Student of the Month, Practical Nursing student, Amber Berdar.

Amber started her journey with United as a student in our Medical Assisting degree program. She said, “I attended United before for the Medical Assisting program, and I had a very good experience. Everyone was very helpful, and you learned a lot of information that helps in the long run.”

Many United students who have long-term dreams of being nurses choose to start their journey in the Medical Assisting program. This program is slower-paced than the Practical Nursing program so that students can gain a base knowledge of the medical field in a less stressful environment. Students can often work while attending school because the United Medical Assisting program is a smaller time commitment than our Practical Nursing program. This was the case with Amber. “I was working at Mount Macrina Manor nursing home as a CNA and went to school for Medical Assisting at United. After I got my MA certification, I got a job at Adagio and worked there full time until it was time for me to start the PN class,” she said.

Amber discovered United when she was still in high school and trying to determine what to do with the rest of her life. “I was at a job fair in Cal U while still in high school, and the school really caught my eye. I took the brochures home and was deciding which program I wanted to do. When I went for a tour of the school, [it]wasn’t too big or too small, and all the people there seemed very kind and inviting when you came in. I just knew that the school was a place for me, and it was going to be a good experience.”

Amber has many family members who work in the medical field, and that is what initially got her interested in a long-term career in healthcare. “All my family is in the medical field, and they encouraged me to go for nursing. But, most importantly, my mother and boyfriend are my biggest support systems, and they are the ones that pushed me to go further, and I’m glad that I made the decision to become a nurse,” she said.

The hands-on clinical experience she gets is Amber’s favorite part of attending United, and her favorite instructor is Danielle. She also really loved her Med Surg class. She said, “This class was very fast-paced and a lot of information, but I loved learning about all the different diseases and disorders that can happen and how to take care of the patients while they are sick.”

Amber’s ideal job after graduation is no surprise, considering how much she loved her fast-paced Med Surg class. “I would like to work as either a trauma nurse, ER nurse, or on the Med Surg floor. I like a fast-paced environment with a lot of things to do,” she said.

In five years, Amber hopes to be working as a trauma nurse in a hospital, but her educations dreams haven’t ended either! “I also see me furthering my education by becoming an RN or going for NP,” she says.

Amber had this to say about her overall experience at United. “I would refer a friend to United because this school is great for someone who wants to be in the medical field but does not want to go to a large college to become a nurse. You get a lot of great education attending this school, and I would want my friend to get the same experience I got.”

To learn more about United’s Practical Nursing program, request information here!

Stacey Mantich – Staff Highlight

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!