Deer Valley Unified School District Nursing Assistant Program
The Introduction to Nursing Professions (Nurse Assisting) class is a full school year two-credit course. The class meets two periods per day (Monday – Friday) and consists of 250 hours of classroom/lab instruction. In addition to classroom and lab attendance, students are required to participate in 40 hours of off-site clinical rotations for certification or licensure. Clinical rotations consist of 20 hours in the long-term care setting and 20 hours of acute hospital care. Registered Nurses teach this course.
This course is listed in the Deer Valley Unified School District Academic Planning Guide and is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. The program is based on the campus of Deer Valley High School. Students are expected to follow all the policies covered in the DVUSD Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and the Deer Valley High School (DVHS) Student Handbook.
COURSE GOALS & OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Introduction to Nursing Professions course is to prepare the students to pass the Arizona State Board of Nursing CNA/LNA Written and Skills examinations. Our two-semester course includes a thorough overview of anatomy, physiology, and human diseases, as well as teaching students critical thinking skills, safety skills, and therapeutic communication skills, which are essential in providing excellent, patient-centered care. Students will participate in both classroom and laboratory learning environments and will be given the opportunity to develop competency in clinical entry level skills and procedures by completing clinical rotations at a local, partnering nursing home and hospital.
The DVHS Nurse Assisting class will include:
⮚ Role of the nurse assistant for patients across the wellness/illness continuum
⮚ Nurse assisting scope of practice
⮚ Introduction to problem solving process specific to meeting the basic needs of patient
⮚ Nursing interventions to ensure the safety of the patient
⮚ Specific types of diseases, conditions and alterations in behavior of the patient
⮚ Principles of nutrition and fluid balance
⮚ Special needs of the elder patient in acute and long-term care settings
⮚ Basic emergency care skills and procedures
⮚ Medical terminology
The lab portion of the class will include:
⮚ Demonstration of problem solving
⮚ Therapeutic communication skills
⮚ Demonstration of caring behaviors and ensuring environmental safety for the patient
⮚ Demonstration of professional behavior to be eligible for clinical participation
⮚ Develop competency in entry level skills and procedures