photo of nursing studentThe Vocational Nursing (VN) Program leads to a certificate of completion and allows the graduate to apply to take the state licensing exam for vocational nursing.

A LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE (LVN) is a member of the health care team providing direct care in settings such as hospitals, home health agencies,  and long-term care facilities.

Primary responsibilities include assisting the registered nurse in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

An LVN must be able to work well with others and respond to client needs, perform basic math skills and complex procedures, set priorities and organize time, and maintain continuing education.

A full-time program is available and requires approximately one year to complete. An application process is required for admission to the VN program.

Persons interested in the Temple College Vocational Nursing Program should call 254-298-8664.

History

Temple College began its Vocational Nursing Program in the Fall of 1973. As the program developed, classes moved from Berry Hall on the main campus to the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center. In 1982, the Nursing Education Building on the East Campus became its present home. In 2004, the Taylor Center was added to the program. The Nursing Education Building underwent renovations in 2005 and became the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center.

The Vocational Nursing Program is an approved one-year certificate program. Currently, this  program consists of three consecutive semesters. All course work is provided within the Nursing Department except BIOL 2404 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology and ITSE 1294 Special Topics in Computer Science.

The Temple College Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Following completion of the program, the graduate is awarded a certificate of completion and is eligible to apply to take the state licensing examination. The graduate must be approved by the licensing board.

The Temple College Vocational Nursing Program has maintained an outstanding reputation with an excellent pass rate on this examination.

The Vocational Program has been awarded an exemplary rating by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Clinical Sites

The Temple College Vocational Nursing Program uses several sites to provide the nursing students with a variety of clinical experiences.

The program maintains clinical arrangements with Scott & White Hospital, the Central Texas Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Little River Medical Center in Rockdale, and Scott & White University Medical Center in Round Rock.

In addition to the hospital based experiences, the Vocational Nursing students also have opportunities to practice clinical skills in a number of local nursing homes and long-term care facilities as well as outpatient clinics and community health organizations.

All of these experiences help prepare the VN student for the workplace environment.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Temple College Vocational Nursing Program reflects the beliefs of the faculty and provides the foundation for the nursing program. The philosophy of the program complements the institution’s mission statement by providing higher education to prepare VN graduates who can obtain entry-level employment in the diverse community served by Temple College. The purpose of the VN program is to provide assistance in supplying the Central Texas area with qualified vocational nurses who are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become licensed vocational nurses.

The Vocational Nursing Faculty supports the following beliefs:

Individual – Each individual is recognized as a holistic being with physical, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions which are interrelated to create a whole. Individuals continuously adapt to an ever changing environment while experiencing varying degrees of health throughout the lifespan. Therefore, each person has the right to make positive lifestyle choices for his/her health to maintain optimum quality of life. These lifestyle choices must focus on meeting the basic needs that are essential to life and progress toward self-actualization. Each individual has the right and responsibility to be given treatment in a caring manner and to be actively involved in planning this care to meet their individual needs.

Society – A society is formed by the networking of individuals, families, and communities. Each person brings to this group their own perceptions, values, attitudes, skills and knowledge. In a society that is dynamic and culturally diverse, everyone benefits when individuals work together to form common goals that meet the needs of all members.

Nursing – Nursing synthesizes knowledge from both the arts and the sciences to form the theoretical base for the profession. It combines the art of caring and nurturing with scientific principles and skills in providing preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative care for individuals and families. The nursing process is used as a basis for providing a systematic decision making approach in providing holistic care to clients in various stages of the life cycle. As nurses increase their levels of expertise, they demonstrate competency in the roles of provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of a profession according to their levels of responsibility.

Vocational nursing – The vocational nurse is an integral component of the health care team. Each nurse provides direct basic care for multiple clients in structured settings and assists in the coordination of care in collaboration with other health care professionals. These nurses recognize the role of nursing research in improving client care. Vocational nurses are accountable for their own actions and must provide a standard of practice that is within legal and ethical parameters. Each nurse must seek opportunities that promote personal and professional growth.

The teaching-learning process – Learning is defined as an interactive process demonstrated as a partnership that fosters professional growth. The teaching-learning process must be individualized and collaborative. The faculty must provide a curriculum that is continuously evaluated to meet the ever changing educational and technological needs of society. Faculty members must inspire excellence as they serve as role models and facilitators in providing learning experiences that target the learner’s needs. The student must demonstrate responsibility for learning by actively participating in the learning process. Learning experiences proceed on a continuum from simple to complex.

Nursing education – All nursing education consists of nursing theory principles integrated with clinical experiences in varied health care settings. Nursing education empowers students to problem solve and use critical thinking skills to seek solutions to problems. Students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds must be provided opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to become competent, caring, and legal-ethical members of the health care team. Quality nursing education must be provided in an environment conducive to helping students achieve their personal and professional goals.

Education as a lifelong process – Education is a process that enhances one’s knowledge by building on experiences and skills. Therefore, the basic blocks for learning must be formed into a strong foundation so that learning can continue as a lifelong process. As each person acquires skills, knowledge, and legal-ethical growth, their educational goals may be attained for the present, but new ones should be formed for the future. Each person must learn to evaluate their need for continuing education to maintain a lifelong accountability in their educational journey.