29-2061.00 - Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
- Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
- Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
- Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
- Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
- Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
- Help patients with bathing, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, moving in bed, or standing and walking.
- Supervise nurses' aides or assistants.
- Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
- Record food and fluid intake and output.
- Evaluate nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
- Assemble and use equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
- Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
- Prepare patients for examinations, tests, or treatments and explain procedures.
- Prepare or examine food trays for conformance to prescribed diet.
- Apply compresses, ice bags, or hot water bottles.
- Clean rooms and make beds.
- Inventory and requisition supplies and instruments.
- Provide medical treatment or personal care to patients in private home settings, such as cooking, keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable and in good spirits, or instructing family members in simple nursing tasks.
- Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
- Assist in delivery, care, or feeding of infants.
- Wash and dress bodies of deceased persons.
- Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors' offices or clinics.
- Set up equipment and prepare medical treatment rooms.
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The program is designed to prepare students to participate as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities and agencies. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) leading to state licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and are qualified to assume registered nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians' offices, HMOs, and other community-based settings.
NOVA has adopted the VCCS Common Nursing Curriculum which was fully approved by VBON and ACEN in Spring of 2017. The nursing program is a 5-semester program: first semester students take the pre-requisite course work to prepare the student for applying to the program and for the study of the nursing courses. Then there are 4 semesters of nursing course work (LEVELS 1-4).
Information about the nursing program and the application process can be found online. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive.
Admission to the Nursing program is competitive; therefore, admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the program. Detailed information regarding the admission criteria, selection process, etc. can be found in the Beazley School of Nursing Admissions Procedures and Information Booklet, which can be reviewed or downloaded from the tcc.edu website (search keywords "nursing admission procedures"). Prospective nursing students must also attend a Nursing Program Information Session, which is held on the Portsmouth Campus. Please see the Nursing Program Information Session schedule online at tcc.edu (search keywords "nursing information session").
LPN to RN Options
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to pursue their RN course work have two options: LPN to RN Bridge and Advanced Placement. Additional information can be found in the Nursing Admission Procedures and Information Booklet or online at tcc.edu (search keywords "LPN to RN").
The Paramedic/RT to RN program option is offered at the Portsmouth campus for licensed paramedics and registered respiratory therapists seeking placement into the nursing program. Applications for the Paramedic/RT to RN program option are accepted during the January 15 - February 15 admission cycle. Students admitted to the Paramedic/RT to RN program option begin in summer semester and take NSG 116 Concepts for Health Professions Transition, NSG 200 Health Promotion and Assessment, and NSG 130 Professional Nursing Concepts courses. Upon successful completion, students move into the second semester of the program. When applying, indicate the Paramedic/RT to RN Program Option.
TCC's Beazley School of Nursing program has been awarded Continuing Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org. The Nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.