The WVC Nursing program offers career ladder options:
Nursing Assistant - Certificate of Completion
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Certificate of Completion
Registered Nurse (RN) - Associate of Applied Science-Transfer
Nursing is a continually evolving health profession practiced in a changing society. The nurse of the 21st century will provide care for a culturally diverse population within a community-based health care delivery system. Professional nurses must keep abreast of technological advances while demonstrating the value of human caring. Nurses also have an important role in encouraging and instructing individuals to choose behaviors that promote health. The RN is a vital leader on the health care delivery team.
The WVC Nursing program has limited enrollment on the Wenatchee and Omak campuses and is subject to special admission requirements and procedures for both the first and second year, in addition to the prerequisites. Since the Nursing program requires intensive study, students must meet complete all general requirements and prerequisites (PDF) before applying to the program. Students should expect to carry a heavy class schedule unless they have previously completed some of the required general education courses.
Hands-on clinical work in a variety of health care settings in the community provides invaluable experience, offering opportunities for critical thinking and effective decision-making by the student nurse. Clinical students will be assigned day and evening shifts, and may have out-of-town travel. Second-year students may have to work some evening shifts or Saturdays. All students when given out-of-town assignments (for short periods of time) are responsible for their own living and travel expenses.
A negative drug test is required to enter the WVC Nursing program. Students that fail the drug test will not be eligible to attend clinicals and therefore will be unable to complete the Nursing program.
Mission Statement The WVC Nursing Program functions within the framework of the mission and goals of WVC. As part of the larger community, the WVC Nursing Program builds on the college mission by preparing students to successfully take the national registered nurse licensure examination and providing options to transfer to baccalaureate programs after graduation. The program is responsive to the changing needs of the communities, is accessible to students seeking academic progression, and is representative of the diversity of the college community.
Competencies The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares students who are highly educated, technically advanced, competent and caring individuals to practice professional nursing in a variety of settings. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).
Graduates of the WVC Nursing Program will be able to:
Deliver care that is patient-centered, holistic, caring, and culturally competent. Take accountability for patient safety under direction of the RN. Organize and prioritize patient care and delegate selected nursing tasks. Identify evidence-based best practices to meet the care needs of patients and families.
Deliver care that is patient-centered, holistic, caring, and culturally competent. Take accountability for patient safety in the supervision, prioritization, organization, and delegation of patient care. Evaluate nursing interventions that support evidence-based best practices and propose modifications to meet the care needs of patients and families.
Assist in implementing the nursing process by making basic observations for assessment and participating in planning, delivering, and evaluating care.
Assess, initiate data collection, identify client problems, plan, implement and analyze outcomes. Propose modifications to the plan of care.
Apply concepts of collaboration as a member of the healthcare team to promote continuity of patient care.
Propose and evaluate methods of collaboration with members of the healthcare team to promote continuity of patient care.
Demonstrate and explain the use of effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques with patients, families, and healthcare team members.
Evaluate and refine the use of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques with patients, families, and healthcare team members.
Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in adhering to professional and ethical standards of nursing practice. Apply nursing values to his/her nursing practice. Under direction, apply knowledge of leadership principles to collaborate with the healthcare team to provide quality nursing care to patients.
Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in adhering to professional and ethical standards of nursing practice. Internalize nursing values to his/her nursing practice. Demonstrate leadership in delegating selected nursing functions to others in accordance with their education, credentials, and demonstrated competence.
The WVC Nursing Program will maintain a first-time NCLEX-PN® and a first-time NCLEX-RN® pass rate that meets or exceeds the national average.
The WVC Nursing Program will maintain an overall employer satisfaction rate of 75% or greater.
The WVC Nursing Program will maintain an overall student satisfaction rate of 75% or greater.
Students will complete the Program within a three (3) year time period.