Vocational Nursing Program Mission
The Austin Community College Vocational Nursing Program is committed to excellence in education in an environment in which a diverse student community is able to develop the values, skills, and attitudes consistent with the nursing profession to meet the needs of patients and their families.
To fulfill its mission, the Vocational Nursing Program will:
- Provide a setting which promotes caring behaviors, clinical reasoning skills, and competent nursing care, with an emphasis on safety, within the vocational nursing scope of practice.
- Deliver course content using site-based instruction and a variety of instructional technology to increase student accessibility within the ACC service area.
Vocational Nursing Program Philosophy
The Vocational Nursing Program supports the vision, helps fulfill the Mission, and aligns with the core values of Austin Community College.
The Vocational Nursing Faculty believes that all individuals are unique, with each being a dynamic blend of mind, body and spirit. Further, individuals have inherent dignity and worth, and are therefore deserving of respect. Individuals are social beings. Throughout the lifespan, individuals join together to form groups to achieve common goals, producing a society that assists the individual in maintaining homeostasis.
Health is a state of internal and external homeostasis existing on a continuum throughout the lifespan. Individuals make choices and take responsibility for their health based on their perception of their health needs.
Vocational nurses participate as members of the nursing profession and the interdisciplinary health care team. They serve as providers of patient-centered care and patient safety advocates for clients with predictable health care needs, utilizing the nursing process to perform these functions safely in a variety of healthcare settings.
Nursing is an art and science that encompasses caring, compassion, and competence and combines this with knowledge, skills, and judgment in meeting the individual's health needs. Nursing exists in response to the health needs of society and is a process of nurse-client interaction. The nursing process is the systematic problem-solving approach used in promoting and restoring the individual's health.
The faculty believes that learning is an interactive process that fosters personal and professional growth. Learning is an individual and collective responsibility proceeding from familiar to unfamiliar, general to specific, and from simple to complex. Faculty members accept the responsibility for creating a learning environment and for facilitating educational experiences for students which are enhanced through open communication between students, faculty, and clinical staff. They are accessible for advising and willingly assist students in meeting their learning goals. Faculty serve as role models and facilitators in the learning process but expect students to be responsible and accountable for their own learning by actively participating in the overall learning experiences.
Nursing education encompasses the development of nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes (caring, ethics, compassion, nurturing) that are essential for the initial practice of nursing. The faculty believes vocational nursing education should provide an environment in which the vocational nursing student can develop self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, systematic problem solving techniques, clinical reasoning skills, technical skills, and the ability to integrate the use of computers and equipment in preparation for meeting the nursing needs of a changing,culturally diverse society.
Education is a life-long process; as one educational experience ends, another begins. Attainment of certification in vocational nursing lays the foundation for continuing education. Each educational experience builds upon previous experiences, developing in the individual, rich resources for future learning.
Vocational Nursing Program Outcomes
- 90% of all graduates and employers will agree that the graduate utilizes clinical reasoning skills and the nursing process as the basis for providing safe, effective individualized care to patients and their families with predictable health care needs.
- 90% of graduates and employers will agree that the Vocational Nursing program at ACC adequately prepared its graduates as entry level practitioners of Vocational Nursing.
- 90% of all graduates and employers will agree that the graduate is able to use therapeutic communication skills while interacting with clients or patients and their families and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
- 90% of graduates and employers will agree that the graduate is able to safely implement aspects of the plan of care within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of patient factors.
- 90% of students and graduates agree that the physical resources of the VNG program are sufficient to meet the learning needs of the student.
- 90% of students and graduates will agree that the student support services, made available by the college and the program, meet the needs of the vocational nursing student.
- 90% of all graduates will agree that the faculty selected learning resources and technology that were comprehensive, current, and accessible to students
- The program's three-year mean for the licensure pass rate is at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
- 75% of students admitted to the Vocational Nursing program at ACC will complete the program within six semesters.
- Each class admitted and graduated will reflect the ACC student population in terms of ethnicity, race, gender, and age.
- 90% of all graduates seeking employment as a LVN are able to obtain job placement within six months of graduation.
- 90% of all graduates will agree that the graduate has the ability to integrate technical skills and use of computers and equipment into practice.
- 90% of graduates will report the ability to provide culturally competent care to a diverse client population.
- 90% of graduates and employers report that the graduate is able to provide care in a cost-effective manner.
- 90% of graduates and employers will report/agree that the graduate is able to implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self and others.
Vocational Nursing Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Certificate in Vocational Nursing Program, the student will be able to:
- Practice within the nurse's legal scope of practice, in accordance with policies and procedures of the practice setting.
- Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families while demonstrating responsibility for continued competence, reflection, self-analysis and self-care.
- Contribute to activities that promote the development and practice of vocational nursing.
- Use clinical reasoning in the nursing process, and established evidence-based policies as the basis for decision making in nursing practice.
- Demonstrate ability to determine the physical and mental health status, needs and preferences of culturally, ethnically and socially diverse patients and their families based on interpretation of health related data.
- Report data to assist in the identification of problems and formulation of goals/ outcomes and patient centered plans of care in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team and report alterations in responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to expected outcomes.
- Provide safe, compassionate, basic nursing care within legal, ethical and regulatory parameters and in consideration of patient factors, to assigned patients with predictable health care needs through a supervised, directed scope of practice.
- Implement teaching plans for patients and their families with common health problems and well defined health learning needs while coordinating human, information and material resources in a cost effective manner.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards and comply with all mandatory reporting requirements.
- Implement measures, goals and outcomes to promote quality and a safe environment that reduces risks for patients, self, and others.
- Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices.
- Accept and make assignments that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy.
- Communicate and collaborate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team in a timely manner to assist in the planning, delivery, and coordination of patient-centered care to assigned patients in a way that promotes optimal health.
- Participate as an advocate in activities that focus on improving health care for patients and their families and identify patient needs for referral to resources that facilitate continuity of care and ensures confidentiality.
- Communicate patient data using technology to support decision making to improve patient care.
- Assign and supervise nursing care to LVNs or unlicensed personnel for whom the nurse is responsible based upon an analysis of patient or unit needs.
Member of the Profession
Provider of Patient Centered Care
Patient Safety Advocate
Member of Health Care Team