PHILOSOPHY OF VOCATIONAL NURSING EDUCATION
BELIEFS ABOUT SOCIETY
Health care is the right of every member of society. The health care system is one that is open for the members to accept or refuse. Nurses are accountable to themselves and to society for providing safe care.
BELIEFS ABOUT MAN
Man is a complex being with physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs. This complexity requires man to choose health care responsibly.
Man is capable of change regardless of the restrictions imposed by environmental and/or genetic influences. The capacity for change allows man to reach beyond basic physical needs.
BELIEFS ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Health and wellness are dynamic states. Rather than being the absence of disease, wellness is functioning at the highest level of a person’s being. Man is driven by human needs to reach the highest level on the health/wellness continuum.
BELIEFS ABOUT NURSING
Nursing is viewed as an open-ended system that assists the patient/client to restore the optimal degree of wellness base on the patient/client continuum of values, purposes and goals. Today’s nurse not only fills the traditional role of caring for the sick, but also assumes a role in the prevention of disease as well as a role in helping the patient to maintain wellness. While vocational nurses still work under the direction of the registered nurse or physician, they must employ holistic communication and assessment skills in order to give quality, effective, safe, nursing care.
BELIEFS ABOUT LEARNING AND NURSING EDUCATION
As professionals, nurses are involved in a lifelong learning process. The learning process is viewed as one that encourages active participation, self-awareness, and self-direction as a lifelong learner.
The nursing education process centers on the development of the student as an individual while utilizing past educational experience and various lifestyles. The Vocational Nurse is the second rung of the nursing caraeer ladder delivering skilled nursing care to patients/clients in and out of the hospital setting.
TRENDS OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Health care systems are requiring more teamwork and economic accountability. Primary care from Registered Nurses alone is too costly. Nurse extenders with far less training than LVNs cannot deliver the type of complex care the LVN is trained to provide. The Vocational Nurse provides quality care in a cost effective care manner.