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Vocational Nurse

Providing direct patient care

Did you know that today there are more people than ever who require health care services? As the Baby Boomer population ages, the overall need for health care services is expected to increase. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to grow due to federal health insurance reform. This means there are more career opportunities to work in the health care industry than ever before.

Learn how North-West College can help you train to become a Vocational Nurse and begin working alongside physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in a clinic, physician's office, hospital or other health care facility.

North-West College offers this program at five campus locations in the greater Los Angeles area, including: West Covina, Pomona Valley, Riverside, Long Beach and Van Nuys.

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Vocational Nurse Course Activities

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program routinely find entry-level positions working in health care offices and facilities, including private medical offices, clinics, hospitals, public health organizations, and other health care related organizations.

Vocational Nurses typically perform the following tasks:

  • Recording patient history and personal information.
  • Measuring and monitoring patient vital signs, such as blood pressure.
  • Discussing the care they are providing with patients and listening to their concerns.
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
  • Assisting physicians with patient examinations.
  • Administering injections or medications as directed by the physician (as permitted by state law).
  • Collecting or preparing patient samples for laboratory tests.

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