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Vocational Nurse Program – Open House!


Gurnick Academy – San Mateo Campus is opening our doors for an Open House for our Vocational Nurse program. Bring your friends! Bring your family!
Join us for:
  • Special Raffles
  • Tour our skills lab & watch live demonstrations
  • Meet current students & faculty members
  • Talk to our Admission & Financial Aid Advisors
  • Learn more about our New Nursing Scholarship opportunities
  • and much, much more!

Vocational Nurse Program

August 29th, 2015 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00PM

Gurnick Academy – San Mateo Campus
2121 S. El Camino Real, Building C200
San Mateo, CA 94403

Contact us today and secure your spot!

Psychiatric Tech And What It Takes To Be One

How to become a Psychiatric Tech?

Psych Techs help patients struggling with mental illness. To become a psych tech, training and certification is necessary. Psych techs play a vital role in mental health organizations and it’s their mission to provide the compassion and attention in working and improving the lives of their patients. Patients rely on professional care to ensure appropriate care and ability to experience the best quality of life.

What do I do as a Psych Tech?

The title, “Psychiatric Technician”, applies to a wide variety of health workers who have yet to complete a Masters or Doctorate Degree. Psych Techs typically work in institutional settings with persons who have mental illness or developmental disabilities. Under supervision, psych techs may assist patients with personal care & hygiene, administer medications, and monitor patient progress among other responsibilities. Depending on the level of certification, a psych tech may also assist with administrative duties and participate in treatment planning.

How to become a Psychiatric Tech?

Psych Tech jobs vary by state. Within CA, you will need to a license to work as a psych tech. In order to obtain your license you must complete 1 of 3 methods. You can graduate from a California Approved School for Psychiatric Technician, show hours of equivalent Education and theory work experience, or have been a part of the Nursing Service in the Medical Corp of any Branch in the Armed Forces. For more detailed information on becoming a licensed Psychiatric Technician click the link below.

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Is a career in Medicine right for you?

Medicine vs. Work Experience and if you need it!

With any job, skill sets and motivation go a long way in your professional career. Pushing forward, past the hurdles and bumps along the way can be a weary road. So how do you know prior to that if Medicine is what you want to be in?

Many people think they want to be in medicine because they are “good in science.” Others believe they want a career in medicine because they want to help people get better, healthier as time goes on. As with most things, you won’t know for sure until you’ve done it, tried it, and experienced it for yourself. Medicine is a long and expensive road to be treading and knowing that it’s exactly where you want to be can help you along in your career. After all, it’s not just about science – it’s also about the people.

You don’t have to wait until you have a job in order to experience the work of a medical professional. There are many routes to understanding the type of work you’re going to experience:

Volunteer at a Hospital or Nursing Facility

Although you won’t be able to do as much of the medical professionals are able to do, you can still see the process and meticulous procedure and etiquette needed to be in this profession. Also, you’ll get to be a part of working force of helping people.

Shadow a professional

Get a more detailed experience in a certain medical profession and learn the day to day activities. Interactions, operations of the job, everything you need to know and understand to give yourself a better idea if this is where you want to be.

These are just a few ways to learn more about the profession you want to jump into and even more about yourself. Learn if this is the right career path for you and if medicine is exactly where you want to be.

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