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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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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Pros and Cons of Becoming an LVN – Licensed Vocational Nursing

Pros and Cons of Becoming an LVN – Licensed Vocational Nursing

Nursing Program by SummitCollegeThe United States is on the brink of a severe nursing shortage. There is no better time than the present to start a rewarding career in the health care industry. If you are looking to get your foot in the door of the health care field, studying to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) might just be the perfect fit for you.

But hold on, wait, what exactly is a licensed vocational nurse? An LVN, as defined by the California Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), is “an entry-level health care provider who is responsible for rendering basic nursing care.” LVNs work in medical settings next to doctors and registered nurses, performing tasks like taking blood pressure, changing bandages and maintaining patients’ health records. Depending on the state in which you are employed, a licensed vocational nurse’s role may be vastly different than that of LVNs in other states.

To help you figure out if studying to become a licensed vocational nurse is the right move, below are a few positives and three not-as-positives to consider before enrolling in an LVN program. (more…)

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A Crash Course on Physical Therapy Aides

PTAPhysical therapy is one of a number of medical fields in which employment and demand for employment is increasing. Physical therapists, and those who work under their supervision, are an integral part of a patient’s physical rehabilitation process.

Whether it is an illness or a substantial bodily injury that has impaired the body’s function, physical therapists are trained to help patients regain comfort and mobility they enjoyed prior to their afflictions. While physical therapists are highly skilled healthcare professionals, they do need help with the daily operations of offices, clinics and hospitals. (more…)

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