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NURSING - VOCATIONAL

Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, main campus ­ Carmen Edwards. Andrews Extension: Director ­ Teresa Blakeney. Monahans Extension: Director (Interim) ­ Gail Meagher; Site Coordinator ­ Bonnita Bale. The Odessa College vocational nursing program is a one-year certificate program to prepare the graduate to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Vocational nursing education is available at the Andrews and Monahans extension centers. The LVN functions as an important member of a health care team under a licensed physician and/or a registered nurse's supervision. Vocational nurses provide care in a variety of structured health care settings for individual clients who are experiencing common health problems. The Odessa College vocational nursing program is fully accredited by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas (BNE), located at 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas, 78701; phone 512-305-7400. The nursing curriculum plan is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). LICENSING AS A VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN) Texas utilizes the title of LVN. Many other states use LPN (licensed practical nurse) for this level of nursing practice. The Odessa College vocational nursing graduate must meet state requirements to take the licensing examination National Council for Licensure Examination ­Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN®). Requirements to take the licensing examination to become an LVN include the application process, payment of fees to the Board of Nurse Examiners for the state of Texas (BNE), graduation from the program, graduation certification by the director of the vocational nursing program, and approval from the BNE. Be advised that the BNE requires fingerprint identification to screen all applicants for licensure. The fingerprints are analyzed by the state of Texas and the FBI, and there must be clearance on the background check by the BNE prior to being allowed to take the licensing examination. There are other issues that may prevent an applicant from being allowed to test. Contact the nursing department or the BNE directly if you have any questions. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The vocational nursing program has selective admission criteria. Not all students who apply are accepted. 1. A new class is admitted each fall semester, with classes beginning in August. Applications should be submitted no later than March 1. Obtain the application packet from the appropriate extension center or contact the program secretary for assistance If you get the answering machine please leave a message so that we can get in touch with you at the earliest opportunity. 2. Submit the official high school transcript or GED certificate with the completed application. 3. A satisfactory score on the Nurse Entrance Test (NET) must be achieved. a. The successful candidate will score no lower than the 50th percentile on the NET composite score. b. The applicant must also achieve high school level on the grade equivalence in both the Overall Composite Math and Composite Reading. 4. All applicants will be required to have a current CPR card. 5. All qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program director and/or faculty. REQUIREMENTS FOLLOWING ADMISSION 1. Authorize the nursing program to conduct a criminal background check. This procedure is required for students to go to the various hospitals and agencies for clinical education. If the background check is positive for certain offenses, the student may not be able to do clinical education and therefore will not be able to complete the requirements for the nursing program and will be dismissed from the program. Liability insurance is required and is part of the college fee schedule. Submit proof of health and accident insurance, which is a requirement of the clinical agencies. Obtain a physical exam with drug screen. Submit an immunization record and obtain any needed immunizations. All immunizations must be completed prior to the start of the first clinical course.

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COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS All courses in the curriculum are required. Students must complete outcome competencies for each level with a minimum grade of "C" in nursing courses. A grade of "C" is 75-79. Diagnostic testing is required and is completed after each area of content. Graduates have the opportunity to participate in a completion ceremony at the end of the educational experience. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY Students must comply with all school and vocational nursing program policies. Program policies are delineated in the Student Handbook.

COURSE OF STUDY FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

First Semester VNSG 1327 VNSG 1260 VNSG 1505 VNSG 1500 VNSG 1502 Second Semester VNSG 1219 VNSG 1406 VNSG 1407 VNSG 1361 VNSG 1509 Semester Hrs Essentials of Medication Administration .....................................................................................................................................3 Introductory Clinical Nursing .......................................................................................................................................................2 Health Science ............................................................................................................................................................................5 Nursing in Health and Illness I ....................................................................................................................................................5 Applied Nursing Skills I ...............................................................................................................................................................5 Leadership and Professional Development ................................................................................................................................2 Maternal/Newborn Nursing .........................................................................................................................................................4 Pediatric Nursing .........................................................................................................................................................................4 Intermediate Clinical Nursing ......................................................................................................................................................3 Nursing in Health and Illness II ...................................................................................................................................................5

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Summer Session I and II VNSG 1238 Mental Illness ..............................................................................................................................................................................2 VNSG 1363 Advanced Clinical Nursing ..........................................................................................................................................................3 VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health and Illness III ..................................................................................................................................................5 Total Hours...................... ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 48

NURSING COURSES

VNSG 1219 Leadership and Professional Development (2-0) 2 hours Study of the importance of professional growth. Topics include the role of the licensed vocational nurse in the multidisciplinary health care team, professional organizations, and continuing education. The student will describe the role of the licensed vocational nurse in multidisciplinary settings inclusive of basic principles of leadership and management; discuss the role of professional organizations and regulatory agencies, and identify criteria and appropriate resources for continuing education. (SCANS 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1327, VNSG 1260, VNSG 1505, VNSG 1500, and VNSG 1502. VNSG 1238 Mental Illness (2-0) 2 hours Study of human behavior with emphasis on emotional and mental abnormalities and modes of treatment incorporating the nursing process. The student will identify common mental illnesses and maladaptive behavior; utilize the nursing process to assist in planning care for the individual with mental illness or maladaptive behavior; and discuss trends in the management of the individual requiring psychotherapeutic treatment and pharmacologic agents. Therapeutic communication is emphasized. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1219, VNSG 1406, VNSG 1407, VNSG 1361, and VNSG 1509. Corequisite: VNSG 1363. VNSG 1260 Introductory Clinical Nursing (0-8) 2 hours A basic type of health-related professions work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. As outlined in the learning plan, apply the regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/ industry. Basic clinical instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge, or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Close and/or direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional (faculty or preceptor), generally in a clinical setting. Clinical education is an unpaid learning experience. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Program admission. Corequisites: VNSG 1327, VNSG 1505, VNSG 1500, and VNSG 1502. VNSG 1327 Essentials of Medication Administration (2-4) 3 hours General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement. The student will demonstrate accurate dosage calculation; discuss the principles of safe medication administration; and identify the elements of accurate documentation of medication administration. Math proficiency is determined by examination. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Program admission.

VNSG 1361 Intermediate Clinical Nursing (0-12) 3 hours A basic type of health professions workbased learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry. Intermediate clinical instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge, or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Close and/or direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional (faculty or preceptor), generally in a clinical setting. Clinical education is an unpaid learning experience. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first vocational nursing semester. Corequisites: VNSG 1406, VNSG 1407, and VNSG 1509. VNSG 1363 Advanced Clinical Nursing (0-12) 3 hours An intermediate type of health-related professions work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry. Intermediate clinical instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge, or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Close

and/or direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional (faculty or preceptor), generally in a clinical setting. Clinical education is an unpaid learning experience. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Successful completion of the second vocational nursing semester. Corequisites: VNSG 1238 and VNSG 1510. VNSG 1406 Maternal/Newborn Nursing (4-0) 4 hours A study of the biological, psychological, and sociological concepts applicable to basic needs of the family including childbearing and neonatal care. Topics include physiological changes related to pregnancy, fetal development, and nursing care of the family during labor and delivery and the puerperium. The student will discuss human reproduction and fetal development as related to the normal aspects of childbearing; identify common complications of the mother and newborn during prenatal, antenatal, and postnatal periods; and relate characteristics of the normal newborn and associated nursing interventions to meet identified health care needs utilizing the nursing process. Pharmacological concepts and nutritional considerations will be explored. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1327, VNSG 1260, VNSG 1505, VNSG 1500, and VNSG 1502. Corequisite: VNSG 1361. VNSG 1407 Pediatric Nursing (4-0) 4 hours Study of the care of the pediatric client and family during health and disease. Emphasis on growth and developmental needs. The student will discuss primary nursing care of the pediatric client and family during health and disease; and apply growth and developmental concepts appropriate for the pediatric client. Pharmacological concepts and nutritional considerations will be explored. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1327, VNSG 1260, VNSG 1505, VNSG 1500, and VNSG 1502. Corequisite: VNSG 1361. VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health and Illness I (4-4) 5 hours Introduction to general principles of growth and development, primary health care

needs of the client across the life span, and therapeutic nursing interventions. The student will recognize the uniqueness of the gerontologic client related to physical, mental, and emotional changes associated with the aging process; describe the psychosocial, growth and development, and physiological needs of clients across the life span; identify common, overt, actual and/or potential primary health care needs of the client; identify the basic interventions to support the client and family during life stages including death and dying; identify pharmacological agents and related nursing interventions; and demonstrate competency in dosage calculations. Selected medicalsurgical disorders will be presented along with nutritional concepts pertinent to those diseases. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Program admission. Corequisite: VNSG 1260. VNSG 1502 Applied Nursing Skills I (4-4) 5 hours Introduction to and application of primary nursing skills. Emphasis on utilization of the nursing process and related scientific principles. The student will describe the underlying principles of selected nursing skills and their relationship to client health status; demonstrate satisfactory performance of selected nursing skills utilizing principles of safety; and identify the nursing process used to solve basic client care problems across the life span utilizing appropriate medical terminology. Historical aspects of nursing are examined along with legal implications pertinent to the profession. Communication skills and individual accountability are emphasized. Lab fee required. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Program admission. VNSG 1505 Health Science (5-0) 5 hours An introduction to the general principles of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and microbiology that are necessary for understanding body processes and basic principles underlying health promotion and therapeutic interventions. The student will identify and describe major body structures and functions which comprise the major body systems; recognize and describe

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the relationship of nutrition to health and illness across the life span; identify microorganisms as causative agents in disease; and identify common causes for disease, modes of transmission, and methods of prevention and control. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9) Prerequisite: Program admission. VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II (4-5) 5 hours Introduction to common health problems requiring medical and surgical interventions. The student will compare and contrast normal physiology of body systems to pathologic variations in the adult client with medical-surgical health problems; compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the adult client with common medical-surgical health problems; and apply the nursing process in caring for the adult client with common medicalsurgical health problems. Incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing

interventions in the development of plans of care that meet the needs of the adult client experiencing common medical-surgical health problems; and utilize the nursing process in caring for the adult client with common medical-surgical health problems. Emphasis is placed on professional collaboration among health care providers. Critical thinking exercises are incorporated. Lab fee required. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1327, VNSG 1260, VNSG 1505, VNSG 1500, and VNSG 1502. Corequisite: VNSG 1361. VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health and Illness III (4-4) 5 hours Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of common medical-surgical health problems of the client including concepts of mental illness. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse. The student will compare and contrast normal physiology of body

systems to pathologic variations in the adult client with common medical-surgical health problems; compare and contrast diagnostic evaluation and treatment of the adult client with common medical-surgical health problems; incorporate nutrition, drug therapy, and nursing interventions in developing plans of care to meet the needs of the adult client experiencing common medical-surgical health problems; utilize the nursing process in caring for adults with common medical-surgical health problems and related nursing interventions; and utilize learned skills and knowledge for transition from student to graduate vocational nurse. Critical thinking exercises continue throughout this course. The capstone experience is the PN Comprehensive Predictor for vocational nurses. Lab fee required. (SCANS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisites: VNSG 1219, VNSG 1406, VNSG 1407, VNSG 1361, and VNSG 1509. Corequisite: VNSG 1363.

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