Whether you are looking for a career as a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), Amarillo College has highly regarded, fully accredited programs that can take you there. Seventy percent of nurses in the area have attended Amarillo College. Students in both nursing programs take classes in contemporary, mediated classrooms within newly renovated facilities. The Nursing Resource Center (NRC) provides an environment for students to learn nursing skills in hospital-like settings. The clinical simulation laboratory within the NRC provides unique opportunities to practice patient-centered nursing care using simulated scenarios. Nursing students at AC obtain clinical experiences at various local hospitals, clinics, doctors offices, long-term care facilities, and schools throughout the community.
A licensed vocational nurse tends to the needs of sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled people. Vocational nurses work independently but are often supervised by medical doctors and registered nurses. Experienced vocational nurses may become charge nurses who oversee the work of other VNs and unlicensed medical staff, such as nursing assistants and aides. Registered nurses play an essential role in promoting health and wellness. They help improve the quality of life of everyone from infants to the elderly. Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
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