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Gurnick Academy – Modesto Campus: Donates over 3,000 cans of food to the Salvation Army

Wednesday – December 16th, 2015

That’s right, Gurnick Academy of Medical Art Student’s gathered together to have a friendly food drive competition. The winners receiving a pizza party for their class. The medical assistant group took the prize by collecting and donating roughly 1,100 items for the Salvation Army.

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New vital sign monitoring system

New Vital Sign Monitoring System may improve the care for hospitalized patients

A recent study indicated that a newly designed Vital Sign Monitoring System can improve patient safety in medical and surgical units without an abundance of unnecessary alarms.

When the system was installed for four weeks in two medical/surgical units, one in Utah and one in Alabama, 92% of the nurses agreed that the number of alarms and alerts were appropriate and 100% agreed that the monitor provided valuable patient data that increased patient safety. On average, both units experienced 10.8 alarms per patient, per day. The system continuously monitors patients’ oxygen saturation levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate.


“We are very excited to be using this advanced technology. Continuous monitoring of our patients is revolutionizing the way we care for our patients,” said Pam Booker, senior author of the Journal of Clinical Nursing study. “Our nurses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their patients, and this system has the ability to notify the nurses when vital signs change, no matter where they are in the hospital.”

Eight vital signs:
1. Temperature. Physiology: Controlled by AgeCore temperature differsthe hypothalamus.
2. Pulse. Physiology: Reflects circulating volume and strength of contractility.
3. Blood pressure. Physiology: Regulated by vasomotor centre in the medulla.
4. Respiratory rate. Physiology: Controlled by the respiratory centres in the medulla and pons.
5. SpO2. Physiology: Reflects the peripheral saturation of haemoglobin by O2.
6. Pain. Physiology: Detected by peripheral nerve fibers; interpreted by thalamus and cerebral cortex.
7. Level of consciousness. Physiology: Controlled by reticular activating system in the brain stem.
8. Urine output. Physiology: Produced by kidneys.

Journal reference: Journal of Clinical Nursing

Gurnick Academy – Concord Campus New Flash!

The Mount Diablo Unified School District ‘s 3rd Annual College Fair was in full force on Monday night October 26, 2015 at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord California.

The event was geared for all High School students and parents in the Contra Costa County with 106 colleges and institutions present. The college fair had over 800 curious students and parents walking through the maze of booths presented by various colleges and institutions. Parents took the lead, if there student wasn’t able to attend, to gather as much information possible about the schools there child might attend. Such dedication and interest these parents and grandparents displayed!

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts located in Concord California brought great awareness to many students and parents, that there were alternatives to attending a four year University. A medical vocational school that offers Nursing, Medical Assisting, Radiologic Technology, Psychiatric Technician, Phlebotomy and Registered Nurse to a Bachelor of Science in nursing programs.

With well over 60 interactions with parents and students, Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts brought a lot of interest. Showcasing our Vocational MedicalPrograms of which some could be completed in less than a year. A jump start into their career in the Medical Field with hands on training, preparing each and every student to become as successful as can be.

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