Student nurse externship/ LNA grant funded.
After successful completion of the didactic content of the LNA course, students will start the clinical requirements. The clinical portion (16 hours lab practice and 30 hours of supervised clinical experience) of the LNA course will be delivered in late May 2009 by the approved LNA course providers at the Barre Technical Center. Students will complete the requirements for LNA licensure by passing a written and skills examination administered by D & S Diversified Technologies at Barre Technical Center by June 1, 2009. Upon successful completion of the LNA licensure, the nursing students will be coached in applying for positions in Vermont's long term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals. The emphasis will be on long term care and home health agencies with an expectation that these students are eligible for Nurse Extern positions in acute care settings in the following summer while they complete their education.
By exposing these future nurses to geriatric patients and long term care settings, the likelihood of them returning there for employment as a registered nurse may be greater (Chen SL, Melcher P et al. 2002). At minimum, the nursing students will experience the continuum of care for the very old. In addition, they will get an opportunity to care for a "resident" rather than a "patient" and gain a sense of continuity and relationship building that is hard to experience in an acute care clinical rotation. In order make this a successful experience, the nursing home and project staff will help the student to "frame the experience" and bring their learning about geriatric care forward throughout their education. In 1992, a similar program was described as a "win-win" situation by a New Jersey nursing home (Berleth M and Shemanksy C 1992). Since obtaining LNA licensure has become expensive ($900) and time consuming, traditional-aged college students are less likely to pursue this option and no current examples of organized nursing student/LNA programs were found in the Vermont. Nursing students and organizations who would like more information about this project should call Mary Val Palumbo @ 802 656-0023 or email email@example.com.
Berleth M and Shemanksy C (1992). "We're training nurses for the 21st century." Nursing Homes 41: 28-30.
Chen SL, Melcher P, et al. (2002). "Nursing home use for clinical rotations: taking a second look. "Nurs Health Sci. 4(3): 131-7.
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|Publication:||Vermont Nurse Connection|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2008|
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