The Nursing Services program of study (POS) is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the field of nursing. Upon completion of this program, a proficient student will be able to implement communication and interpersonal skills, maintain residents’ rights and independence, provide care safely, prevent emergency situations, prevent infection through infection control, and perform the skills required of a nursing assistant. Students will log forty hours of site-based clinical work with at least 24 of those hours spent in a long-term care facility as part of the Level 4 course. Successful completion of the course and certification exam allows to the student to seek immediate employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Although this POS leads students to a certified nursing assistant industry certification, students seeking a degree in medicine who plan to enter medical school will find this POS to be beneficial. The emphasis on anatomy and physiology along with patient care content and skills makes this POS the perfect adjunct to a focus on science and math for the student who is bound for medical school.
Nursing programs at the postsecondary level are growing each year to meet the demand of replenishing a retiring and aging nursing staff. In Tennessee there are currently 43 RN associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs, 27 LPN programs, and 283 training programs for CNAs.
Many postsecondary RN programs in Tennessee, such as Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State University now require applicants to have some experience or certification in a healthcare area for admission to their programs. Completion of the Nursing Services program of study and subsequent certification as a CNA allows the student to pursue this experience and prepare for nursing school admission
The outlook is bright for all levels of nursing in Tennessee. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for all nursing assistants is projected to grow faster than average from 2014 to 2024. Even though the certified nursing assistant and home health aide professions are not high wage careers they are certainly high skill and high demand. The highest employment for nursing assistants is concentrated in and around urban areas with no region showing employment lower than 1,191. Skills and knowledge gained in this POS will provide the students with foundational knowledge to prepare for certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN) careers.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This makes nursing a high wage, high skill, high demand job. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care, growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives.