What is Nursing?11-7-14 Lightner Ashley  Engle Rachel NURS

Students in the Nursing program explore a variety of health professions to develop an awareness of job opportunities in the field. They develop the skills needed to perform effectively in entry-level positions and to receive a good foundation for continued study. Nursing students learn patient care, first aid, and laboratory skills, and receive simulated work experiences. Some of the skills gained include: assisting residents with physical exams; demonstrating laboratory skills; assisting with patient care in the office, hospital and long-term care settings. Special emphasis is placed on profesionalism; communication; instrument and equipment identification; telephone training; correspondence and record keeping; basic nursing procedures; infection control; standard precautions; sterilization; and OSHA standards. Students are also given instruction in the sciences related to this field including medical terminology, basic anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and laboratory techniques. This program will provide students with the opportunity to learn how to function as a member of a healthcare team; this includes clinical experience with residents through affiliation with Bethany Village Retirement Center as well as opportunities to job shadow in various settings. Further, this program provides an excellent base for college-bound students pursuing health, medical or dental related careers. Additional opportunities include dual enrollment, articulation and advanced standing with Harrisburg Area Community College. Multiple certification opportunities also exist for Direct Care certification through the Department of Public Welfare.
 
For more information on the opportunities available through this program, please refer to the "College Credits" and "Industry Certifications" links to the left. Watch this video to find out what a CPAVTS education means for you! 

 

Program Objectives 

  1. Complete PA Dept. of Ed. POS (Program of Study)
  2. Complete NOCTI Competencies
  3. Obtain Industry Certifications (CPR/FA, PA Nurse Aide, Direct Care Worker, Career Safe)
  4. Industry Visit (Level 1)
  5. Post-Secondary Visit (Level 2)
  6. Industry Visit (Level 3, assisted living setting)
  7. Complete Clinical Experience (Level 3, Bethany Village)
  8. Employability Skills Training

Level 1

  • Safety/Infection Control/HIPAA
  • Vital Signs/Height and Weight
  • Basic Structure/Body Planes, Directions, and Cavities
  • Integumentary System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Bed Making
  • Positioning, Turning, and Moving
  • Positioning for Exams
  • Range of Motion
  • Business and Accounting Skills

Medical Terminology - Dean Vaughn 350

 

POS TASKS:

  • 100s: Safety
  • 200s: Professionalism
  • 300s: HIPAA
  • 400s: Infection Control
  • 500s: Fire Hazards/Safety
  • 700s: Moving, Lifting, and Positioning
  • 800s: Health Care Provider Skills
  • 1000s: Basic Structure, Function, and Related Diseases of the Human Body with Associated Medical Terms
  • 1200s: Medical Terminology

Level 2

  • Safety/Infection Control/HIPAA
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Ambulatory/Assistive Devices
  • Digestive System
  • Law and Ethics
  • Urinary System
  • Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy
  • Circulatory and Lymph Systems
  • Professionalism
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Endocrine System
  • Special Senses
  • Nutrition
  • Reproductive System
  • Cultural Diversity/Communication
  • Medical Abbreviations                                          

 

POS TASKS:

  • 100s: Safety
  • 200s: Professionalism
  • 300s: HIPAA/Communication
  • 400s: Infection Control
  • 500s: Fire Hazards/Safety
  • 600s: Human Needs and Development
  • 700s: Moving, Lifting, and Positioning
  • 800s: Health Care Provider Skills
  • 900s: Nutrition and Hydration
  • 1000s: Basic Structure, Function, and Related Diseases of the Human Body with Associated Medical Terminology
  • 1200s: Medical Terminology                                                            

Level 3 

OPTION 1: PA Nurse Aide Certification (NATCEP)

  • PA NATCEP Curriculum (See Syllabus or State Website for a Complete List of Objectives)
  • 167 Clocked Hours
  • In-facility testing for NA certification

 

OPTION 2: CPR and First Aid Certification

  • POS Tasks: 500s (Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness)
  • Career Safe-OSHA certification

 

OPTION 3: Department of Public Welfare Direct Care Certification

  • Completely online through DPW website
  • Online test and certificate provided
  • Skills and curriculum provided during the NATCEP program are utilized here.

 

OPTION 4: HACC (Articulated Credits)

  • BIO 105 (Medical Terminology)
  • 3 Credits with a grade of 80% or better on exam provided by HACC

 

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Mock interview provided by human resource personnel after clinical experience, with a potential for employment opportunities

 

POS TASKS:

  • 100s: Safety
  • 200s: Professionalism
  • 300s: HIPAA/Communication
  • 400s: Infection Control
  • 500s: Fire Hazards/Safety
  • 600s: Human Needs and Development
  • 700s: Moving, Lifting, and Positioning
  • 800s: Health Care Provider Skills
  • 900s: Nutrition and Hydration
  • 1000s: Basic Structure, Function, and Related Diseases of the Human Body with Associated Medical Terminology
  • 1100s: Death and Dying
  • 1200s: Medical Terminology     

 

Is it for You?

Students interested in the Nursing program should enjoy engaging directly and personally with others; reading, science, and mathematics; and working in a challenging and continuously-changing field. Health and Medical Assistants may work alone or as members of a team under the direct supervision of a nurse, physician, or other health professionals. They usually work indoors in well lighted, well ventilated, and sanitary surroundings. The standard workweek for nursing varies greatly dependent upon the office or institution in which you work; since health care must be provided twenty-four hours a day, work schedules may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Professionals in this field possess the following qualities:

  • Good general health
  • Good personal hygiene
  • The ability to get along with others/self control
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good communication skills
  • Good attendance
  • Strong reading, science and math skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good adaptability to change
  • Ability to receive and follow through on instructions
  • A strong sense of commitment, integrity, and empathy

For more information on this program's objectives, please visit the "Task List" link to the left.

 

 

What's Next?

 

Employment Options 

* Salaries listed are PA state averages taken from www.onetonline.com and are accurate as of June 2016.

Nursing Assistants ($27,650)

Physical Therapists' Assistants ($44,050)

Home Health Aides ($20,610)

Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians ($50,920)

Post-Secondary Studies

*Some employment options may require additional study.

HACC: Medical AssistingMedical Laboratory TechnicianNursing

Penn College: Emergency Medical TechnicianNursingHealth Information Technology

YTI: Pharmacy TechnicianMedical AssistantHealth Information Technology