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News spotlight: College broadens VN program in California

Nurse Leader Insider, December 29, 2008

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The need for nurses continues to rise, but could American Career College shorten the shortage in California?

The Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians recently approved the college's request to expand its Vocational Nursing (VN) program to campuses across the state. The college, which previously offered the program in Orange County and Los Angeles only, began its first VN class with 50 students at its Ontario campus in November.

The majority of the vocational nurses in California graduate from the college's year-long program, in which students must fulfill 1,560 hours of theory and clinical course work. Students who pass the NCLEX-PN exam are then eligible to practice in healthcare facilities under the supervision of a nurse or physician. Licensed VNs can perform basic nursing care, such as patient assessments and administration of prescribed medications, but can certify to extend the scope of their practice by passing other board exams.

Source: MarketWatch.com



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