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Nursing, Vocational

Allied Health Division

VOCN-40 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
11 units: 5 hours lecture, 18 hours lab.
Limitations on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program; CPR card; physical; a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray within past 6 months; immunizations; proof of completion of an educational course of study through 12th grade or evidence of completion of the equivalent thereof (C2530-VN Practice Act).
Prerequisites: ANAT-50; NUTR-10; VOCN-46A; ALLH-67.
Corerequisites: VOCN-46B, VOCN-47A.
This course covers theory, principles, and practice of fundamental nursing skills needed to care for adult patients. Health and its preservation is stressed. Interpersonal relationships, community resources, and prevention and treatment of disease are studied. Clinical experience is integrated with classroom theory, and is provided at affiliating hospitals, under direct supervision of Merced College nursing instructors. This is the first semester of nursing theory of a three-semester sequence. Clinical experience is integrated. (4/00)

VOCN-42 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NURSING CARE
14 units: 8 hours lecture, 18 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program. Prerequisite: VOCN-40. Two-way corequisite: VOCN-47B.
This course emphasizes theoretical principles and clinical experience in meeting Maslow's basic human needs of nutrition, oxygenation, elimination, and affiliation. It involves clinical experiences in meeting the basic human needs of individuals of all ages with commonly occurring health problems. This course is part of the second semester of a three-semester program. Clinical experience is integrated. (4/00)

VOCN-44 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NURSING CARE
14 units: 8 hours lecture, 18 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing Program.
Prerequisite: VOCN-42. Two-way corequisite: VOCN-47C.
This course emphasizes theoretical principles of Maslow's basic human needs of safety, hygiene, rest, activity, comfort, and self-actualization as it relates to common and complex health problems occurring in individuals of all age groups. Pathophysiologic and psychosocial assessment and management of medical-surgical disorders are stressed. General pharmacological and nutritional considerations are included. This course is part of the third semester of a three-semester program. Clinical experience is integrated. (4/00)

VOCN-46A APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR PHARMACOLOGY
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, MATH-80. Advisory: ALLH-67.
This is an introductory pharmacology course which includes an introduction to the professional context of drug administration, and study of the metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement. Nursing responsibility and patient safety is included. Completion of this course requires accurate interpretation of doctors' orders, reading medication bottles, calculating drug dosages, and the reason for their application. (11/02)

VOCN-46B PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Limitations on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program; CPR card; physical; negative TB skin test or chest x-ray within past 6 months; immunizations; proof of completion of an educational course of study through 12th grade or evidence of completion of the equivalent thereof (C2530-VN Practice Act).
Two-way corequisites: VOCN-40, VOCN-47A.
This is an introductory pharmacology course which includes uses, effects and safe administration of medications. Common local and systemic drugs are studied. Nursing responsibilities and client safety are emphasized. (4/00)

VOCN-47A NURSING GUIDANCE I
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program. Two-way corequisites: VOCN-40, VOCN-46B.
This course examines socialization and interpersonal communications related to vocational nursing. Course topics include verbal and non-verbal communication; communication problems in the nurse-patient relationship; the hospital as a working and learning environment; self-actualization relating to the elderly; and death and dying. (4/00)

VOCN-47B NURSING GUIDANCE II
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program. Prerequisite: VOCN-40. Two-way corequisite: VOCN-42.
This course examines the nature of stress and its influences on coping and adapting. Related topics examined include crisis and crisis intervention, and psychophysiological and somatopsychic responses to stress and anxiety. (4/00)

VOCN-47C NURSING GUIDANCE III
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Vocational Nursing program. Prerequisite:-VOCN-42. Two-way corequisite: VOCN-44.
This course examines current and evolving patterns of mental health care and the shifts from inpatient custodial care to community-based treatment for the mentally ill. This course also examines the health-illness continuum, psychopathology, neuroses and psychoses, clinical disorders and maladaptations of behavior, and psychopharmacological approaches to treatment. (4/00)

VOCN-48 INTRAVENOUS THERAPY/BLOOD WITHDRAWAL
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Licensed as a Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse (required by section 2860.5 of the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians).
This short-term course is designed to prepare nurses to start and superimpose intravenous fluid and perform blood withdrawal as ordered by the physician. The course will cover psychological preparation of the patient, selection of equipment, aseptic technique, relevant anatomy and physiology, pharmacology of intravenous solutions, and administering blood components. Students will perform simulated and actual intravenous catheterizations and blood withdrawals. (5/01)


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