Your Future Starts Now!


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A presentation about a high school Vocational Nursing Program presented at the Career & Technical Association of Texas Conference, July 2009

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Your Future Starts Now!

  1. 1. Your Future Starts Now!<br />Presented by:<br />Cindy Miller, CTE Coordinator, Frenship ISD<br />Korbi Berryhill, Assistant Professor<br />South Plains College<br />
  2. 2. FHS Health Science Program<br />Health Science Technology I<br />Health Science Technology II—Certified Nurse Aide<br />Health Science Technology III—EMT Basic<br />Medical Terminology<br />Phlebotomy<br />Pharmacy Technician<br />Anatomy & Physiology<br />
  3. 3. FHS Health Science Program (Cont’d)<br />Vocational Nursing Partnership—39 Dual College Credit Hours<br />Four High School Dual College Credit Hours<br />Anatomy & Physiology (4th Yr. Science Credit)<br />Clinical Nutrition<br />Gerontology<br />Pharmacology<br />
  4. 4. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />Why? Because we needed to expand our students’ nursing opportunities<br />Steps:<br />Called and set up a visit with SPC to talk about a possible vocational nursing partnership<br />Looked at a some high school models within the state<br />
  5. 5. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />Steps:<br />Decided on utilizing a different model than what was being done across the state to have better student success<br />Developed a Memorandum of Understanding between FHS and SPC<br />Applied for the TEA AchieveTexas Grant to get this program ready for the next school year<br />
  6. 6. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />Steps:<br />Attended a South Plains Nursing Coalition meeting to let them know about this partnership<br />Met with prospective juniors and their parents in October<br />Application Process<br />FHS Campus Requirements<br />SPC Nursing Requirements<br />
  7. 7. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />FHS Campus Requirements:<br />Must pass all TAKS Exit Level tests as a junior<br />Must be a Certified Nurse Aide<br />Must take Government & Economics during your junior year<br />Must take English IV during summer before senior year<br />
  8. 8. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />FHS Campus Requirements:<br />Must be passing all courses and meeting all other state graduation requirements<br />
  9. 9. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />SPC Requirements:<br />Take and pass all 5 sections of Accuplacer<br />Complete application to program andSPC<br />Complete physical, including immunizations<br />Complete CPR<br />Pass Criminal Background Check<br />Pass Drug Screen<br />
  10. 10. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />Required to come to 3-day orientation in July called “Camp DNR” (Do Nursing school Right)<br />Family Night for parents to discuss the differences between high school and college (FERPA)<br />
  11. 11. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />Concerns:<br />How to bring 17-year-olds into the world of nursing<br />What type of “fit” will there be with non-traditional students (largest population in vocational nursing) with these students<br />
  12. 12. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />What did we ask of the students?<br />Give up being a high school student<br />No time for football games or pep rallies<br />No time for extracurricular activities<br />No field trips<br />No traditional “senior” events<br />Limited time for friends and family<br />
  13. 13. Vocational Nursing Partnership<br />The trade-off:<br />a career within 3 months of high school graduation<br />A launching pad into other health care fields while being able to support oneself<br />Opportunity to see if nursing is the correct career path<br />Opportunity to grow up<br />
  14. 14. Vocational Nursing Program<br />First semester:<br />A&P, nutrition, VN concepts, skills, med administration, mental health/illness, clinical (17 hours)<br />Second semester:<br />Gerontology, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing I, maternal-neonatal nursing, clinical (17hours)<br />Third semester:<br />Pediatrics, professional development, medical-surgical nursing II, IV therapy, clinical (16 hours)<br />
  15. 15. Vocational Nursing Program<br />Students graduate from high school in May<br />Will graduate from vocational nursing program in August<br />
  16. 16. Future for graduates<br />Eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure in Texas<br />Graduate Vocational Nurses in West Texas area start between $32-$46,000 year for an “in demand” field<br />Jobs: hospital, home health, rural school nursing, physician offices, long-term care, criminal justice nursing, insurance nursing, medical sales<br />
  17. 17. Educational Opportunities for Grads<br />
  18. 18. Considerations for the future<br />A&P as dual credit course for juniors<br />Didactics via ITV for first and second semesters<br />Waiting for input from current students<br />
  19. 19. LVN Students’ Comments<br />
  20. 20. Questions<br />