Prepares learners for entry-level employment as assistants to a licensed nurse in a hospital, nursing home, home health agency or community-based residential facility. Covers simple nursing tasks such as bathing and feeding patients, making beds and taking vital signs. FVTC's Nursing Assistant program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. In order to complete the course you need to participate in a clinical experience. All clinical agencies require completion of a background check and specific health requirements. This information needs to be sent to the agency prior to the class starting. To make it easier to fulfill these requirements, we've grouped them into two steps. **Prior to class registration, you will need to complete this pre-application process. ** Classes fill quickly, so get started soon. [Learn more about the program and start the pre-application process.](www.fvtc.edu/program/health-science/30-543-1/nursing-assistant)
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Introduces the basic normal anatomy and physiology of the human body essential for nursing practice. Medical terminology is introduced and plays a significant role in the course. Medical Terminology (10-501-101) is recommended but not required.
Introduces the culture of healthcare for students interested in working in various healthcare settings. Learners examine professionalism, interpersonal and written communication skills, problem-solving skills and patient privacy and confidentiality issues as they relate to healthcare.
Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.
Focuses on the common diseases of each body system as encountered in all types of health care settings by health information professionals. Emphasis is placed on understanding the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment (including pharmacologic) of each disease.
Prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of the medical record, perform risk management procedures, and examine legal and bioethical issues.
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Explores professional/social interaction skills required for healthcare workers. Investigates values, ethical dilemmas, helping roles, assertiveness skills, communication with special populations, death/dying issues and stress management interventions. Participate in reflective self-study group discussions and service learning experiences. Develop a professional portfolio for future employment use.
Explores available community options and partnerships that serve the aging population. Access to transportation, housing, work and leisure activities is included.