Vocational Nursing is an intensive program totaling 1,662 hours approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The hours include anatomy and physiology, psychology, certified nurse aide (CNA), nursing theory, and supervised clinical nursing experiences. Concepts integrated throughout the first semester of the program include: fundamentals of nursing, geriatrics, nutrition, and pharmacology. Nursing care of clients with various adult medical-surgical conditions is integrated throughout three semesters of the program. Course content also includes concepts of growth and development, normal obstetrics and pediatrics. After successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the licensure examination provided by the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-PN).
Nurses are in high demand and job opportunities for nurses vary widely. Employment opportunities are found in long-term care and acute care hospitals as well as in assorted clinics, physician's offices, and correctional facilities.
Jobs for LVNs are projected to increase by 22.4% by 2020. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review · Jan 2012