Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

Vocational Nursing

First Semester

This is the first semester of a three-semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Vocational Nursing Program. It is recommended that students take the assessment test and place level 2 in English, reading and math. In addition, it is recommended that students take English P050 and Math P061. Students are required to take Psychology P101A, Anatomy P052 and PTVN P009 and achieve a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the first semester. There is an application process required for admission into the program. A current CPR certification is required. Information is available on the Health Careers Divisions website http://www.portervillecollege.edu/healthcareers or in the Health Careers Office in HC-2071.

 

PTVN P010A – Fundamentals of Nursing4 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PTVN P010D unless student has already received credit for the clinical courses.

Total lecture 72 hours. A study of the basic nursing skills needed to provide Total patient care for patients in all age groups. The basic skills include ethics, the nursing process as it applies to communication, body mechanics, medical and surgical asepsis, hygiene, safety, charting, basic physical assessment, nutritional requirements and pharmacology. (A)

 

PTVN P010B – Introduction to Medical/ Surgical Nursing5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PTVN P010D unless student has already received credit for the clinical courses.

Total lecture 90 hours. A study of health and illness using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs as a theoretical approach. The cause of disease and the many factors influencing health/illness are reviewed. Major body systems are studied with emphasis on assessment, common disorders including etiology, symptoms, medical, nursing, pharmacological, nutritional and rehabilitation interventions. Education of the patient and family is emphasized with sensitivity to cultural needs. (A)

 

PTVN P010C – Life Span Development2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course PTVN P010D unless student has already received credit for the clinical courses.

Total lecture 36 hours. Surveys the developmental process from conception to death. The emphasis is on mental and emotional development and developmental milestones of the normal individual across the entire life span. This course is a prerequisite for acceptance into the Psychiatric Technician program. (A)

 

PTVN P010D – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with theory courses PTVN P010A and PTVN P010B unless student has already received credit for the theory courses.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals. This course includes the demonstration and practice of basic nursing procedures using the nursing process. The student is functioning as a member of the health team in order to provide individual Total patient care to patients in all age groups. This course includes the administration of medications. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

Second Semester

This is the second semester of a three semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Vocational Nursing Program. They must also achieve a grade of “C” or higher in PTVN P010A through P010D.

 

P025A – Endocrine System2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the endocrine system. (A)

 

P025B – Gastro Intestinal System1.5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 27 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the gastro-intestinal system. (A)

 

P025C – Musculoskeletal System1 unit

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 18 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. (A)

 

P025D – Genito-Urinary System1 unit

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Lecture 18 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the genito-urinary system. (A)

 

P025E – Diseases and Disorders of the Eye and Ear1 unit

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 18 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the eye and ear. (A)

 

P025F – Integumentary System1 unit

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Lecture 18 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the integumentary system. (A)

 

P025G – Pediatrics1.5 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course Vocational Nursing P025H unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 27 hours. This course includes the study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of diseases and disorders in the pediatric patient. Common issues pertinent to pediatric patients are covered including safety, common childhood illnesses, SIDS, abuse and health care relevant to growth and development. (A)

P025H – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with theory courses Vocational Nursing P025A-G unless student has already received credit for the theory courses.

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice is done in affiliating hospitals to aid the student in functioning as a member of the health team. The students provide individual Total patient care to patients in all age groups. There is an emphasis on care of the pediatric patient during the second semester. The demonstration and practice of nursing skills is also directed toward patients with endocrine, gastro-intestinal, genito-urinary, musculoskeletal, integumentary, eye and ear disorders. Clinical practice in administering medications is done by students. This course is offered only on a pass/no-pass grading system. (A)

 

Third Semester

This is the third semester of a three semester program and is offered in modules. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in each module to remain in the Vocational Nursing Program. They must also achieve a grade of “C” or higher in Vocational Nursing P025A through P025H.

P035A – Leadership2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course VNRS P035F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. This course includes description and assessment of leadership styles. Communication is emphasized including general theory concepts, conflict resolution and therapeutic/non-therapeutic approaches in the health care setting. Basic theories and concepts of mental health are discussed and resources available in the health care community. (A)

 

P035B – Maternity Nursing2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course VNRS P035F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. A study of conception, gestation, labor, delivery, and the newborn. Also includes methods of birth control. (A)

 

P035C – Cardiovascular System2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course VNRS P035F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Lecture 36 hours. A study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular system. (A)

 

P035D – Respiratory System2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course VNRS P035F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. A study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the respiratory system. (A)

 

P035E – Neurological System2 units

Prerequisite: Must be taken concurrently with clinical course VNRS P035F unless student has already received credit for the clinical course.

Total lecture 36 hours. A study of the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care of patients with diseases and disorders of the neurological system. (A)

 

P035F – Clinical Practice6 units

Prerequisite: Clinical experience to be taken concurrently with VNRS P035A-E unless student has already received credit in the theory course(s).

Total laboratory 324 hours. Clinical practice in affiliating hospitals to aid the student in continuing development as a functioning member of the health team and to gain skills in providing individual Total patient care to patients in all age groups. Emphasis is on maternity patients, newborns, and patients with cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases and disorders. The class includes care of the acutely ill patient requiring intensive care as well as emergency care. Functional assignments in administration of medication in those practice settings is emphasized. This course is offered only on a credit/no-credit grading system. (A)