Nursing Boards: What to Know

Like other governing bodies for a given occupation, nursing boards have standards and laws that help ensure consistency across the industry. These measures are aimed at meeting uniform standards of care both statewide and nationwide. The rules determined by the boards not only help keep patients safe, but they also help protect the nurses as well.

There are different nursing boards that establish standards for different kinds of nurses, from nurse practitioners to registered nurses and beyond. In the content that follows, you will learn the basics of how to fulfill the requirements mandated by state boards of nursing, including the licensure process and what specific laws you may have to abide by, depending on where you choose to work as an LVN. (more…)

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Licensed Vocational Nurse Program: Make a Difference

A licensed vocational nurse  (LVN) is an essential part of the healthcare team. As an LVN, you will help provide basic medical care for patients under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors.

Learn the Summit difference and join our licensed vocational nursing program! Become a nurse in as little as 12 months! To learn more about our program, visit us at


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Tips for a career in Welding

It is National Welding Month! Hear great tips and advice from our welding instructors on skills every welder should have! Interested in a career in welding? Learn more about our…

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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Ibarra

The odds were stacked against Michael Ibarra in 2011. He was 17 and had dropped out of high school. Although his motive was admirable – to get a job and help his mom with the bills – his future looked dim.

“As soon as I turned 18, I started working warehouse,” Ibarra says. “I guess by that time I wasn’t even thinking about a diploma or GED. I was just in love with the fact that I could help my mom with the bills and still have leftover money to buy myself things.” At 18, what else would a guy want? “I didn’t think about my future and, honestly, it was because I doubted myself,” he admits. “I was my own worst enemy.”

Life as Ibarra knew it all changed five years later. (more…)

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Essential Welding Tips and Tricks for Professionals of All Ages

Welding tips and tricksWhether you’re a seasoned professional, just getting into the welding profession or a passionate welding DIYer and hobbyist, it can’t hurt to brush up on some tips. Detailed below are tips for a couple of different welding methods, in addition to some general safety tips and reminders to ensure that your welding minimizes harm to yourself, others around you and your work setting. (more…)

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Red Knit Caps for Newborns Spread Heart Health Awareness

Heart Health Awareness, LVNDuring the month of February, babies born at participating hospitals will wear red knit hats as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign to celebrate American Heart Month.

The AHA, in conjunction with The Children’s Heart Foundation, collected more than 200,000 hats that volunteers across the country knitted and crocheted. The hats were created in an effort to spread awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, according to the AHA’s website. Little Hats, Big Hearts originated in Chicago in 2014 and has since spread to 40 states across the U.S. (more…)

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Faculty Spotlight: Annette Lemos – Medical Assistant

Annette Lemos - Medical Assistant at Summit CollegeAnnette Lemos, a medical assistant instructor at Summit, says she often finds herself in the right place at the right time when it comes to medical emergencies.

She began her allied health career taking pre-req classes in nursing at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. But she found the process slow and wanted to get a jump-start in the medical field. She enrolled at Everest College and promptly switched to the medical assisting program. Upon graduation, Lemos worked in private practice, where her first job was at a chiropractor’s office. She then moved on to dermatology and, finally, pediatrics. All along the way, she honed her medical skills and gathered valuable information to use in her future job as an educator. (more…)

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