Vocational Nurses are entry-level nurses who care for patients that are injured, ill or convalescing. Vocational Nurses work under the supervision of Registered Nurses and Physicians.
Whether in a hospital or clinical setting Vocational Nurses provide basic health care and take patient vital signs and do much more. Becoming a Vocational Nurse is a major step in starting a lifelong career in the Medical Health Care Industry.
HOSPITALS AROUND THE WORLD LOOK FOR
SUCCESSFULLY TRAINED VOCATIONAL NURSES
VOCATIONAL NURSE DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
Basic Hygiene and Nursing Care
Measurement of Vital Signs
Basic Client Assessment
Performance of Prescribed Medical Treatments
Administration of Prescribed Medications
Performance of Non-Medicated Intravenous Therapy
PLACES THAT MAY HIRE VOCATIONAL NURSES:
Urgent Care Centers
Assisted Living Facilities
Adult Day Care Centers
State Medical Facilities
ADMISSION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS
High School Diploma or GED
Interview with Program Director
Complete screening Policy
Please See Catalog for any further requirements
MODULE TRAINING AND HOURS OVERVIEW:
Admission to the Department
Total Clock Hours
(144 theory +240 Clinical): 384
Module 1 is designed to provide the beginning student with an introduction to basic nursing skills for direct patient care in nursing. Emphasis is placed upon the application of the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs utilized within the context of the Licensed Vocational Nursing scope of practice, the healthcare environment, critical thinking, the caring role, and basic nursing skills and procedures, including physical assessment. This includes five integrated hours of anatomy and physiology, and 25 hours of basic pharmacology. At successful completion of this level, the student is eligible to sit for the Nursing Assistant Certification and Clinical Performance Examination.
Successful Completion of Module 1
Total Clock Hours
(144 theory +240 clinical): 384
Module 2 is designed to provide the student with a foundation is medical- surgical nursing. Topics include general care of patients having problems with pain, fluid and electrolyte imbalance and urinary system problems. Emphasis is placed upon care of patients with disorders of the skin, endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular system. The nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy are utilized as a unifying framework. General pharmacology and pharmacology related too systems problems and treatment is covered.
Successful Completion of Module 2
Total Clock Hour
(144 theory +384 Clinical): 528
Module 3 is a continuation of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Emphasis is placed upon care of patients with respiratory, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, neurological, eye and ear disorders as well as cancer and steroid related problems and home health and hospice. Again, the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy is the unifying framework for the studies. Pharmacology includes systems problems as well as the nursing process.
Successful Completion of Module 3
Total Clock Hours
(176 theory+96 Clinical): 272
Module 4 is designed to provide the senior student the basic knowledge in several specialty areas: family nursing, pediatrics, end of life care mental health, AIDS including pharmacology for these areas, and to give the core information for Leadership and Supervision. In addition, career issues for the vocational nurse are discussed during preparation for professional practice
Total Program Hours: 1568
LICENSURE REQUIREMENT FOR VOCATIONAL NURSE TRAINING PROGRAM
Upon successfully completing 1568 hours of training which includes 960 hours of clinical and 608 hours of theory. Upon successful completion of vocational nurse training program student will be eligible to sit for National Council licensure exam for vocational nurses.