The mission of the Grayson College Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare graduates to successfully pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) and practice vocational nursing in a variety of health-related settings.
The nursing faculty accepts the mission and purposes of Grayson College. The faculty believes that the community college setting provides a suitable environment for the basic education of the vocational nurse.
The faculty ascribes to the following philosophical beliefs:
- Patients/clients are biologic, psychologic, socio-cultural, spiritual beings whose basic need is to maintain a state of homeostasis for wellness. When dysfunctions in a biologic, physiologic, socio-cultural or spiritual area occur, patients/clients may need assistance. We believe that nursing is an interpersonal process, providing assistance to patients/clients and their significant others to meet the needs that they are experiencing, whether in health, illness, or dying.
- Nursing is both an art and an applied science. Nursing is a science because nursing is founded on evidence-based scientific research and utilizes a problem-solving framework. Nursing also draws from the knowledge bank of other sciences such as the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Nursing is an art because each individual nurse contributes to the care of clients in a personal way. The art of nursing involves the therapeutic care of clients and families, preventative nursing interventions and education, with a goal of assisting clients to achieve their highest potential for living a quality life or to experience a dignified death.
- Rational patients/clients should participate in making choices involving all aspects of their lives and should share the responsibility for their own lifestyles and healthcare treatments and decisions with healthcare providers. The right to accept or refuse treatment is paramount to the patient’s/client’s dignity.
- The vocational nurse plays a vital role in the healthcare delivery system and is an integral part of the healthcare delivery team in a variety of settings. Vocational nurses are educationally prepared to provide basic nursing care and to demonstrate the Differentiated Essential Competencies for Vocational Nursing as mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing. The licensed vocational nurse (LVN) utilizes the nursing process as a problem-solving approach to all nursing care, and works under to the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, chiropractor, podiatrist or dentist.
- Nursing education is a continuous learning process empowering students to evolve from learners to novice practitioners. The program of learning provides opportunities for individualized instruction, evaluation, guidance, and academic counseling. The faculty plans and facilitates learning experiences that promote critical thinking, clinical competency, caring interventions, effective communication, ethical and legal accountability and self-direction. The vocational nursing student is recognized as an adult learner. The student accepts the major responsibility for her/his own learning. Learning is a lifelong process in which the learner remains an active participant.
The conceptual framework of the Grayson College Vocational Nursing Program is based on the following underlying concepts:
- Patients/clients are holistic beings with needs who are striving to correct problems, attain or maintain homeostasis.
- The role of the vocational nurse consists of supporting and assisting patients/clients who are experiencing problems with adaptation to conditions that hinder attainment or maintenance of homeostasis.
- The nursing process is used by the vocational nurse as a problem-solving and critical thinking approach to safe nursing practice.
- The vocational nurse functions as a Member of a Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate and Member of the Health Care Team through application of theory and clinical practice skills during the nursing care of patient/clients at various stages of the health-illness continuum.
Vocational Nursing Program Outcomes
- Provide basic, safe, therapeutic, and holistic nursing care to patients/clients with predictable health problems in a variety of settings and under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse, physician, dentist, chiropractor or podiatrist.
- Utilize the nursing process as a problem-solving and critical-thinking approach in order to assess patients/clients, assist with analysis of data and determination of problems related to homeostasis, assist with the planning, implementation of nursing care and clinical practice skills, and to assist with the evaluation of nursing care for patients/clients at various stages of adaptation on the health-illness continuum.
- Communicate effectively with patients/clients and significant others, and members of the health-care team as demonstrated through the effective use of written and verbal communication skills and the ability to reinforce a designated plan of teaching.
- Practice within the scope of vocational nurse in the healthcare system and within standard legal and ethical parameters for the vocational nurse.
- Assume responsibility for continued professional growth after graduation through participation in continuing education.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the Differentiated Essential Competencies for vocational nurses as mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing in the areas of Member of a Profession, Provider of Patient Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of Health Care Team.
- Apply to the Texas Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN® licensure exam for vocational nursing.