Become A Nurse With Four-D College
COLTON, Calif. – A high opportunity career with the added benefit of helping people is that of a licensed vocational nurse. In the Inland Empire, you can receive the necessary training in as little as one year.
Four-D College, a private Christian college, offers a vocational nursing program at its campuses in Colton and Victorville. Students who are enrolled full-time complete the program in 12 months.
For students who need more flexibility, Four-D College also offers a part-time program. These students complete their vocational nursing program in 18 months.
“The Vocational Nursing Program is designed to give students the training they need to obtain a vocational nursing license, and be hired in positions requiring this license,” said Jean Stevenson, director of the Vocational Nursing program at the Colton campus. “Upon completion of our program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination. If they pass this exam, they receive a license as a vocational nurse, and are eligible to serve in that capacity anywhere in the state of California as well as any other state.”
To practice in another state, the Vocational Nurse must request reciprocity from that state’s Board of Nursing.
Licensed vocational nurses work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, convalescent hospitals, and with community healthcare agencies.
Students learn in both the classroom and in health care settings at Four-D College. Vocational nursing programs begin four times a year for full-time students and three times a year for part-time students.
The Vocational Nursing program is divided into four terms.
“Each term is 13 weeks for full-time students, and 18-22 weeks for part-time students,” Stevenson said. “The full-time students will complete their program in 52 weeks; the part-time students in 78 weeks.”
At Four-D College, any student who starts a program at the same time will study together throughout the duration of their program. They will take classes, work in the campus skills lab, and attend “clinical” at healthcare settings off campus together, thus learning to work as a team, much as they would likely do as an entry-level employee.
The Vocational Nursing program starts with two courses in the fundamentals of nursing, where students learn the basics of caring for patients, which builds a foundation for them to later study about the body’s various systems, what can go wrong within those systems, and how those specific medical problems are treated.
The first course within the “fundamentals of nursing” program examines the history of nursing, legal and ethical issues that nurses would face, effective communication, hygiene, vital signs, how to process the many documents necessary in providing health care, and how to conduct physical assessments. The students also learn in this course the basic principles of how the body works, how to care for elderly patients, and how to deal with death and dying.
The second course within the “fundamentals of nursing” introduces students to medical and surgical nursing. The course content includes basic nutrition and diet therapy, anatomy and physiology, caring for surgical patients, and educating patients and their families. They also learn more about the expected health of people from young adulthood through middle-age years.
Once students complete Fundamentals of Nursing, they focus for about seven months (ten months for part-timers) on medical-surgical nursing. during this time they will study the various body systems, starting with integumentary (skin), then the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal (digestive), genitourinary system of men and women, and the neurosensory system.
During this focus on medical-surgical nursing, the students also study immunology, which introduces the student to the body’s response to different types of immune disorders that threaten the integrity of the body. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is presented in depth. HIV education is a requirement of the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
Another course within the curriculum focuses on effective and efficient leadership and supervision skills. Students have the opportunity to participate in leadership and management roles in the clinical component of the course.
The final sequence of courses, called “Advanced Concepts in Nursing,” continues the focus on body systems, by examining the Endocrine and Reproductive systems.
During the Maternal/Child focus, students learn about caring for children and pregnant women, as well as studying fetal development, and complications women can face during pregnancy, labor and delivery and after giving birth. A secondary part of this course covers pediatrics, addressing child development and how to treat children in crisis.
Another course within the “Advanced Concepts in Nursing,” is Psychosocial Health. This content addresses basic mental health concepts and how patients are managed with mental health disorders. Students learn about medical treatments, such as psychiatric drugs, as well as alternative ways for a mental health patient to cope with his or her condition. This course also explores legal and ethical issues unique to mental health.
The final course “Role Transition” helps prepare students for their new role as nurses. Students learn about community agencies (a major source of employment for licensed vocational nurses) and about career planning. They also review effective and efficient leadership characteristics as well as strategies for enhancement of these characteristics. The Nurse Practice Act of the state of California is also explored.
This last course acknowledges that employment might not be the “next step.” Instead, some graduates of a vocational nursing program will use their training to move on, and train for more high-paying careers such as registered nurse, physician’s assistant, or perhaps, even physician.
Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. It offers programs in medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy, pharmacy technician and vocational nursing.
New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and courses are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening. Call (909) 783-9331 or (760) 962-1325 for more information or go to www.4DCollege.com .