The Vocational Nursing program is approved by The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), this is a 12 month program which offers both theory and practical hands-on training necessary to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The program will cover medical/surgical, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, psychology, geriatric nursing, and rehabilitation along with other fundamentals. Upon completion, you will be eligible to take the state examination wth the Board of Vocational Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The role of a Licensed Vocational Nurse includes caring for people who are physically and mentally ill, including medical and surgical patients, convalescents, the handicapped, frail elderly, and others. Under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses, they do nursing that requires technical knowledge. In hospital, they take vital signs, keep medical charts, change dressings, and assist patient. The LVN collects data, assists the health team to implement and evaluate nursing care for the patient’s record. They administer prescribed medications and injections. LVN’s can teach patient health care.
Some F & S
- Varies (Full-time day program)
- January 2017
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What will I do in this field?
You would be able to perform the collection of data, vital signs, administer medications, injections, dressing changes, suctioning and other procedures. Patient teaching, document in the medical record and assist patients with their health care needs.
What prerequisites are required?
High School Diploma or GED, 18 years old, meet the medical requirements (Current physical, immunization record, Cleared PPD or Chest X-Ray) and a background check.
What skills will student have upon completion of the program?
You will understand the concepts of Infection Control concepts, legal and HIPAA regulations. You will be able to do the following: Airway management, O2 administration, CPR, AED use, Medication administration, dressings, splinting, Neuro Immobilization, OB Deliveries, collect data to assist the health care team in their patient assessment, assists the health care team to implement and evaluate nursing care, Vital Signs, and chronic disease management. Be prepared to take the NCLEX Exam to obtain your License.
What are some career opportunities?
After completion of the course and passing your NCLEX Exam you will be able to work as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Clinics, Private Duty Nurses, Rehabilitation Facilities, schools, Long Term Facilities and Acute Care Facilities.
What is the projected growth for this Job? What’s the career outlook?
Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs and LVNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for geriatric patients.
How do I enroll?
The VN program is offered twice a year. Students need to sign up for an Entrance Exam & Orientation. Go to www.das.edu and click on the link for Vocational Nursing and then the link to enroll in one of the Orentations & Entrance Exams. If you have any questions please call Maria Lopez at 562-940-6276.