The Vocational Nursing (VN) program at Texarkana College was established in 1956. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in health care. Students learn to provide direct nursing care to acutely and chronically ill patients within the health care settings. The role of the VN is to function under the leadership of registered nurses and physicians. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. Employment settings include but are not limited to: hospitals, nursing homes, home health and physician offices.

Certificate Plan

First Semester

VNSG 1304 Foundations of Nursing 3
VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I 4
VNSG 1402 Applied Nursing Skills I 4
VNSG 1561 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 5

Second Semester

VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II 5
VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health and Illness III 5
VNSG 2662 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 6

Third Semester

VNSG 1330 Maternal – Neonatal Nursing 3
VNSG 1334 Pediatrics 3
VNSG 1219 Leadership and Professional Development 2
VNSG 2663 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 6

Total: 46 Hours

Course descriptions

VNSG 1304 Foundations of Nursing

Introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.

VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I

Introduction to general principles of growth and development, primary health care needs of the client across the lifespan, and therapeutic nursing interventions.

VNSG 1402 Applied Nursing Skills I

Introduction to and application of primary nursing skills. Emphasis on utilization of the nursing process and related scientific principles.

VNSG 1561 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

A health related work based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II

Introduction to common health problems requiring medical and surgical interventions.

VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health and Illness III

Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of common medical-surgical health problems including concepts of mental health. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse.

VNSG 2662 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

VNSG 1330 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing

Utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Emphasis on the bio-psycho-socio-cultural needs of the family during the phases of pregnancy, childbirth, and the neonatal period including abnormal conditions.

VNSG 1334 Pediatric Nursing

Study of the care of the pediatric client and family during health and disease. Emphasis is on growth and developmental needs.

VNSG 1219 Professional Development

Study of the importance of professional growth. Topics include the role of the licensed vocational nurse in the multi-disciplinary health care team, professional organizations, and continuing education.

VNSG 2663 Clinical-Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

Advanced method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site.

Note:
Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. All clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

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