Nursing Care Skills
This 5-week program prepares you to work as a Nurse Aide. The program also makes a great foundation for an associate degree in applied science. Complete the 6 credits in the Nursing Assistant Program successfully for an opportunity to begin working as a nurse aide. Employers may help you pay for your associate degree!
Nurse Aides assist nurses in rendering care to clients with varying degrees of wellness and illness. They work in acute and chronic settings, as well as the home. The basic nursing skills necessary to perform the duties of a nurse aide are acquired. The course incorporates 40 hours of theory, 50 hours of laboratory practice, and 30 hours in a clinical agency. The course requires attendance from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 days a week. Successful mastery allows testing at the state level to receive the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) designation.
Applicants to the nurse aide course should be aware that health care personnel work in direct care with clients. In order to be considered for admission or to be retained in this course, all applicants should possess:
- Sufficient visual acuity necessary for accurate assessment and nursing care, such as required in the direct care and observation of clients, noting irregularities in client appearance, taking accurate temperatures, blood pressures, etc.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from clients and members of the health team and to assess the health status of people through the use of monitoring devices i.e. stethoscopes and the ability to hear fire alarms, as well as cries for help.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills required in meeting health care needs of clients, including the manipulation of equipment.
- Sufficient physical abilities to move around in client rooms and work and treatment areas and administer client care procedures.
- Sufficient strength to perform physical activities frequently requiring the ability to push and pull objects more than fifty pounds and to transfer objects and persons of more than one-hundred pounds.
- Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with clients and to communicate their health status and needs promptly and effectively.
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional capability to plan and implement care for clients.
- Sufficient psychological stability essential to perform at the required levels in the clinical portions of the nursing program.
- Capability to sustain long periods of concentration to make decisions such as selecting correct techniques, equipment, and safety measures to assure maximum care and safety of clients. A person under the influence of alcohol or consciousness-altering drugs could not meet the above criterion.
- Sufficient physical stamina to remain standing for long periods of time.
Students who complete the Nursing Care Skills 110 course work in hospitals, nursing homes and in home health care. They often return to school at a later date to become nurses or other health care workers.
Applicants who consider a career in health care should be aware that during their education and subsequent employment they are likely to be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is possible. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the program of study.
Latex Allergies Gloves, tubing, and other products used in client care are frequently made of latex. Contact urticaria, angioedema, allergic rhinitis, asthma or anaphylaxis can result through exposure and immediate hypersensitive responses to natural rubber latex (NRL). Early recognition of sensitization to NRL is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The Nursing Division strongly advises that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in the nursing program must notify the Nursing Division upon admission so alternative non-latex educational supplies can be provided for educational learning experiences.
- High School Diploma/GED
- Score of 82 or above on the COMPASS Test, or satisfactory completion of ENG 081
- Current Basic Life Support (CPR) card from American Red Cross or American Heart Association
Students with a history of alcohol-related driving offenses or felony convictions will find it difficult if not impossible to gain employment in health care. A drug screening and criminal background check are required to enter the program. The process will be explained in Information Sessions in the Nursing Skills Program. Drug screening must also be paid by the student. This also is explained during the new student Information Session. Students who are not cleared for clinical placement through the Physical Examination, the Criminal Background Check and the Drug Screen will not be able to complete the NCS 110 course.