The Iowa Central Community College board of trustees approved a new health science course Tuesday.
Advanced Nurse Aide prepares students to provide patient care in an acute care hospital setting.
"We have a nurse aide course which prepares nurse aide students to work in a long-term care facility," David Grosland, vice president of instruction, said. "This course is an advanced nurse aide course, which prepares students to work in acute care hospitals."
The course comes with the following outcomes: admit, transfer and discharge patients; isolation technique; pre-op prep; incentive spirometry and deep breathing; emptying drainage containers; enemas, urine, sputum and stool specimens; heat and cold applications; vital signs; dressing change; suture and staple removal; oxygen application; pulse oximetry; suction setup; ostomy care; and catheter removal.
"A certificate for an advanced nurse aide is not yet required by hospitals, for a nurse aide to work in the hospitals. But it is moving in that direction," Grosland said. "We're just trying to stay ahead of the game here so our students will get that certification before it becomes a requirement."
Tom Beneke, Iowa Central vice president of enrollment management and student development, said the addition will benefit the college and its students.
"It's going to give them that much more experience, especially in the long term, with nursing homes and things like that," he said. "Obviously, it's going to be a benefit to our health sciences curriculum."
The board approved unanimously the addition of the course to the college's curriculum.
Advanced Nurse Aide will be available starting with the January 2013 semester.