Description

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Incorporate principles from nursing, behavioral and physical sciences to provide competent care to clients of different ages with different bio-psychosocial needs.
  2. Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, nursing care, and rehabilitation of clients.
  3. Differentiate the role of the Vocational Nurse within the medical team.
  4. Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Vocational Nurse.
  5. Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care within the scope of Vocational Nurse practice.
  6. Organize, prioritize and delegate care communicating effectively with members of the medical team.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Course Number

Title

Clock Hours

Quarter Credit Hours

VN 100

Fundamental of Nursing

96

9.5

This course begins with a historical perspective on the art and science of nursing and the legal and ethical aspects of the nursing profession. The nursing tools of critical thinking, communication skills, teaching ability and cultural sensitivity are presented and analyzed, with emphasis on the nursing process, nursing diagnoses, documentation, and exploration of the therapeutic nurse/client relationship. The core of the course emphasizes the Licensed Vocational Nurse’s and Psychiatric Technician’s role in meeting the basic physiologic needs of the client. Normal physiologic processes are presented as a means of comprehending abnormal processes.

VN 110

Anatomy and Physiology

56

5.5

Prerequisite: VN 001 – Essential Medical Bioscience
This course covers the structure and function of the human body from the single cell through all body systems and the inter-relatedness of the structure and functions in the body are examined. Basic concepts of fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance are included.

VN 120

Clinical Nutrition

32

3

Clinical Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals is a required course and a vital part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician program, where the basics of Human Nutrition in Health and Disease will be considered. As opposed to General Nutrition courses, this Clinical Nutrition course focuses on Medical Nutrition Therapy pertaining specifically to Nursing Care in inpatient and/or outpatient setting. In this course, the main goal is to teach and prepare VN and PT students to complete basic screening, assessment of patient’s nutritional status, and participate in Medical Nutritional Interventions and Therapy, such as Therapeutic Diets, Mechanically-Altered Diets, Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Support, Pre- and Post-operative Nutrition therapy, and many others.

VN 130

Clinical Lab I

120

6

This practical skill lab course is an introduction to clinical practicum. Nursing skills are structured and covered in the following order: basic nursing skills which include basic principles of nursing such as role and responsibility of the nursing and psychiatric technician team, the nursing process and nursing and psychiatric care plan, delegation, patient and resident rights and medical asepsis followed by bathing, bed making, body mechanics and exercise, measurements, normal elimination, personal hygiene and grooming, concepts of safety and restraints, and preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Intermediate nursing skills include enteral nutrition, ostomy care, oxygenation, preoperative and postoperative nursing care, specimen collection, urinary catheter management, wound care, and suctioning. Advance nursing skills cover managing nonparenteral medications, and safe medication administration. Upon completion of this course students will be ready to apply their nursing skills in the real-life clinical settings.

VN 200

Medical/Surgical Nursing I

88

8.5

The first part of series of the series of medical/surgical nursing, through a study of theory relative to the adult client, that covers basic pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and medical and surgical conditions. Emphasis is placed on the effect and nursing implications of commonly used drugs and diet modifications are explored. The role of the practical nurse in caring for aging patients, both in the home and medical settings are explored. Clinical experience and client-centered conferences are used to reinforce classroom theory. In this course students are introduced to the foundation of medical-surgical nursing such as caring for clients with altered fluid, electrolyte, and/or acid- base balance, caring for clients in pain, experiencing shock, trauma, and critical illness. The caring for clients with inflammation, infection, altered immunity, loss, grief, and end-of-life care is also covered. Disrupted respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, and lymphatic functions are discussed with emphasis on nursing and continuing care. Specific consideration is given to caring for clients with cancer and oncological care.

VN 210

Pharmacology I

40

4

Pharmacology I is the first in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, discussions include drug regulations, drug classification and categorization, as well as methods of drug administration and drug metabolism. The basic concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapy will be discussed. By the end of this course, students will also be introduced and become knowledgeable in medications affecting cardiovascular system and drugs affecting fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte balance. Drugs affecting other organ systems will be briefly introduced, but discussed in further detail in the Advanced Pharmacology course later on.

VN 220

Clinical II

278

9

VN 220 is twelve weeks of internship which are integrated with Medical-Surgical Nursing I. Internship schedules will vary as to the term for each student which provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation. The student's ability to provide safe and effective nursing care to selected clients is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area. The student’s progress is documented on the student's Clinical Progress Sheet. Lack of satisfactory performance is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. A detailed quarterly clinical evaluation is performed on each student with full faculty participation. Clinical areas for this quarter will be primarily Medical-Surgical Nursing with some students assigned to specialty areas.

VN 300

Medical/Surgical Nursing II

96

9.5

This course covers more advanced pathology, signs, symptoms, incidence, methods of diagnosis, treatment, and medical and surgical conditions. In this course students are covering disrupted endocrine, urinary, reproductive, neurologic, musculoskeletal and integumentary functions.

VN 310

Pharmacology II

48

4.5

Pharmacology II is the second in the series of two required courses in Pharmacology as part of the Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician programs at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In this class, we will continue to discuss medications affecting pulmonary system, Digestive System, Hormonal balance, musculoskeletal system. Antibiotics, Pain-management drugs, and drugs affecting central nervous system will be covered in detail.

VN 320

Clinical III

278

9

VN 320 provides the student with an opportunity to continue to relate theory to practice in a supervised situation and sharpen their clinical skills. The student’s ability to provide safe and effective nursing care is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area. Student’s progress is documented on the Counseling/Probation form. Clinical areas for this quarter will be medical and surgical and other specialty areas.

VN 400

Obstetric Nursing

44

4

This course emphasizes the total care of the obstetrical client including the therapeutic uses and effects of drugs during pregnancy, labor and delivery, the immediate postpartum period, and nutrition as it relates to pregnancy and lactation. Care of the newborn is included. The role of the family and the importance of bonding are stressed. Clinical experience and client centered conferences reinforce classroom theory.

VN 410

Pediatric Nursing

44

4

This nursing course provides an introduction to pediatric nursing through theory. The focus is on meeting the basic human needs of the pediatric client and their family, utilizing critical thinking, therapeutic communication, technical skills, leadership/management skills, effective time management, and the nursing process. Professionalism and caring are emphasized. The role of the practical nurse in relation to the concepts of growth and development, health promotion, and illness prevention are discussed and demonstrated. Didactic focus is on the most common illnesses and conditions that the nurse is likely to encounter while working with children and their families in the acute care setting.

VN 420

Psychiatric Nursing

32

3

This course offers an overview of the practical nurse’s role in the prevention and treatment of mental illness, nursing management of the neurotic and psychotic client, the client with organic brain syndrome, and the suicide client. Clinical experience consists of primarily observational experience.

VN 430

Clinical IV

278

9

This portion of the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to relate theory to clinical practice in a supervised situation in maternity, pediatric, and psychiatric rotations. The student’s ability to provide safe and effective nursing care to selected clients with a minimum of supervision by the clinical instructor is evidenced by meeting specific behavioral objectives in each clinical area.

VN 440

Preparation for NCLEX

40

4

This course covers application of critical thinking and test-taking strategies in preparing nursing students for licensure success. The course is based on the most current NCLEX Test Plan, addressing patient safety, provision of effective care health care environment, health care promotion and maintenance, physiologic, and psychosocial integrity. Content includes, but not limited to: the nursing process, fundamentals of care in nursing, communication with psychiatric clients, and nursing care of the children, women of childbearing age, the elderly, and medical surgical clients.

Total

1570

92.5

Program Information, Length and Schedule

The program information, length and schedule may change. Make sure to read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details.

The Vocational Nurse Program is a diploma program. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Vocational Nurse program provides a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks and journals, and anatomical charts and models. Instructor to student ratio is 1:15 in laboratory and clinical and 1:45 in lecture.

Classes begin twice a year. Students spend thirty (30) to forty (40) hours per week attending classes. The program consists of 4 modules.

  • Module One - Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM for the lectures/labs – 4 days a week and 6AM-3PM for the clinical lab – 1 day a week.
    Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM for the lectures/labs – 4 days a week and 2PM- 11PM for the clinical lab – 1 day a week.
  • Module Two, Three, and Four - Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM for the lectures/labs – 2 to 3 days a week. Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM for the lectures/labs – 2-3 days a week.

    Morning and Evening Groups students must be available 2-5 days per week for the clinical rotations. Regular clinical rotations hours are: 6:30AM-3:30PM and 2:30PM to 11:30PM. Special clinical rotations (Ex. Ob, Peds, etc) might require alternative schedule (Ex. 8AM-6PM, Saturdays, etc), students must be able to complete those special rotations at the schedule provided.
  • For the last 4 weeks of the program students attend Preparation for NCLEX course- Monday through Friday
    Morning Group students must be available 9AM-2PM.
    Evening Group students must be available 5PM-10PM.

Students receive six hundred and sixteen (616) hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and nine hundred and fifty-four (954) hours of clinical education allowing them to apply the lecture topics to practical use.

The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this challenging field. Normal completion time for this program is fifty-two (52) weeks excluding holidays and vacation times. Preparation for NCLEX (HESI) is provided at the conclusion of the didactic, laboratory, and clinical hours. Students are permitted three (3) attempts to pass the HESI exit exam to graduate. The 1st attempt is given at the completion of the program. The 2nd attempt is given 2 weeks after the completion of the program. The 3rd attempt is given at 4 weeks after completion of the programUnder extraordinary circumstances, applicable Students may be eligible for a 4th attempt; see Student Grievance and Appeals Policy for more information.

In order to ensure program completion is on- time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled on an alternate day of the week (Sunday through Saturday).