Choosing nursing as a career offers a graduate opportunities far beyond many other professions including multiple workplace settings, flexible scheduling, and the choice of geographic location to work. With the TSTC advantage, you can also practice problem solving and analytical thinking as you work with patients and physicians.
“When you're a nurse you know that every day, you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. “ -- Anonymous
What you’ll do!
There are several different areas of specialization in TSTC’s Vocational and Registered Nursing program. Your future day-to-day job responsibilities depend on which specialization you enter.
These technicians draw quality blood samples from patients or blood donors and prepare those specimens for medical testing. The phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner. They often work in hospitals, laboratories, physician's offices, donation facilities and other health-care settings where blood is taken and analyzed. Some technicians travel to call on patients who are homebound.
Phlebotomy techs explain procedures to patients; draw blood; take blood pressure, pulse and respiration readings; update patient records; prepare stains and reagents; cleanse and sterilize equipment; and send blood, urine, and fecal samples to the lab for testing.
These aides distribute patient medications in nursing homes, schools, correctional facilities, or other non-hospital, assisted living facilities for the physically or mentally disabled. Medication aides are directly supervised by doctors or other licensed caretakers.
Medication aides assist patients in properly taking oral and topical prescriptions in correct dosages, adhere to strict medical regimens, and monitor patients to ensure they do not have any adverse reactions after taking their medications.
These are the people who help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm individuals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and mental health settings. Nurse aides and home health aides are among the occupations commonly referred to as direct care workers, due to their role in working with patients who need long-term care. The specific care they give depends on their specialty.
Nurse Aides help patients eat, dress, and bathe, answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, tidy up rooms, and are responsible for taking a patient's temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure.
They also provide care to patients by helping them get out of bed and walk, escorting them to operating and examining rooms, providing skin care as well as helping other medical staff to set up equipment, store and move supplies, and assist with some procedures.
Aides also observe patients' physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or medical staff.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
The LVN, called LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) in most states, performs both simple and complex medical procedures under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses. LVNs work in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, homes, or any other setting where basic nursing care is needed. LVNs administer medications and monitor patients by checking their response and measuring their vital signs, like heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. They assist patients with basic hygiene and needs and instruct family members how to assist their loved ones in these areas. LVNs also collect blood and urine samples, implement wound care, perform nursing skills to assist in improving patient outcomes, and collaborate with other healthcare team members to promote rehabilitation and patient safety.
Registered Nurses are part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team. They perform physical assessments to determine symptoms per body system and then collaborate with an Advance Practice Nurse (Nurse Practitioner), PA (Physician Assistant), DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), MD (Medical Doctor), and/or others to promote optimal wellness for the individual.
RNs provide direct bedside care and nursing skills, implement and evaluate care, evaluate medication regimens and care plans, and assist the patient, client, and family to achieve optimal outcomes. Their duties also include providing patient education to patients on their disease and how to live a healthy lifestyle as well as collaborating with other healthcare team members to promote rehabilitation and patient safety.
RNs practice professional nursing in many settings, including Public Health clinics, home health care, acute care (hospitals), rehabilitation centers, Medical Care Provider offices, schools, etc.
TSTC’s star power prep
TSTC shares partnerships with clinical agencies including area hospitals, nursing home and long-term care agencies, state schools, educational school settings, physician offices and clinics, health departments and community involvement agencies. Agencies that provide clinical opportunities fulfill a vital learning experience for students by offering participation in caring for patients across the lifespan with differing healthcare needs in a variety of nursing settings.
Instructors in the Nursing program have extensive experience and knowledge of this field of study. TSTC knows the importance of having qualified, experienced instructors to prepare you for the challenging healthcare industry. At TSTC it is our goal to offer you the finest teachers who have inside knowledge of the industry’s demands and functions.
TSTC Nursing students experience a learning environment embedded with advanced technology. The student undertakes real-life situations in a High Fidelity Simulation lab. Classes are offered in a “hybrid” environment, where the student engages in face-to face learning with an instructor as well as computerized instruction to include online activities, online discussion threads, scenario simulation and Second Life.
Hands-on learning paragraph While in a TSTC nursing program, students devote 600-800 hours to hands-on learning.. In addition to direct patient care, the Clinical Simulation lab offers students the ability to engage in “high risk-low volume” activities including childbirth, trauma/emergent incidents, and bio-terrorism disasters. These situations may not always be experienced live during a student’s rotations; therefore, the clinical simulation lab brings to life the realistic expectations of a nurse during such a crisis.
TSTC has placed industry professionals in the driver’s seat. Our Advisory Committees are determining what is taught and how it is conveyed to you so that the methods and technology TSTC incorporates are the desired, front line solutions.