CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS/HOME HEALTH AIDES
Nursing assistants can work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LVN and the patient. In many cases, the nursing assistant serves as the RN’s or LVN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and one or two RNs.
The nursing assistant provides care for patients of any age, ethnicity or gender. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need is a strong motivating factor. A desire to help people and compassion for patients can help a nurse’s assistant get through difficult days.
You will connect directly with the Licensed Vocational Nurse program offered by FRC. The nursing community is connected with our programs and is eager to include graduates into the medical fields locally and out of Plumas County. Upon completion of the program, many of our students have gone on to work right away.
This is only a semester-long course and clinical facilities require the following before the student can go to the facility. Begin collecting or completing the following before the course starts as they must be provided to the clinical facility with 2 weeks of beginning the course.
LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES
Licensed Vocational Nurses practice under the direction of a licensed Physician or Registered Nurse and are trained to perform services requiring technical and manual nursing skills to provide basic nursing services which include the following:
- Uses and practices basic assessment (data collection), participates in planning, executes interventions in accordance with the care plan or treatment plan, and contributes to evaluation of individualized interventions related to the care plan or treatment plan.
- Provides direct patient/client care
- Performs basic nursing services
- Administers medications
- Applies communication skills in patient care and education
- Participates in patient education to promote self-care skills
Licensed Vocational Nurses are employed in a variety of health care settings that include:
- Long-term care/skilled nursing facilities
- Acute care hospitals
- Home health agencies
- Physician’s offices
- Medical clinics
- Public Health Department
- Education institutions
The following are required by hospitals and clinics prior to beginning clinical courses, and must be submitted by October 15 of the first semester, or the student will not be able to attend the clinical setting in January. There are NO exceptions.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) care for the sick or injured in emergency settings, and people’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs respond to emergency calls and care for patients while transporting them by ambulance to a hospital. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010-2020, much faster than the average for all other occupations. The EMT training program at Feather River College is a one semester course that prepares students for the job and makes them eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam.
- Emergency Medical Technician - working for a Fire Department
- Emergency Medical Technician - working on an Ambulance
- Emergency Medical Technician - working in a Hospital Emergency Room
- Emergency Medical Technician - working in Health Clinics and Doctors’ Offices
- Emergency Medical Technician - working on a Search and Rescue Team
- Others choose this class to be more prepared to handle home crisis and emergencies
ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS
The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician AEMT is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
[From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]
At Feather River College, the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is as 2-semester course, which prepares the student for certification as an AEMT.