Vocational Nursing Career

Vocational Nursing students are provided with the education and training that will enable them to successfully perform the duties required by a Vocational Nurse (VN). Under the supervision of a physician or Registered Nurse, Vocational Nurses provide direct patient care for children, adults and the elderly in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the state Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Vocational Nursing (VN).

What type of work do Vocational Nurses do?

A Vocational Nurse is an essential member of the healthcare team. Vocational Nurses provide care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direct supervision of physicians and registered nurses. Patient care includes basic bedside care, prepare and give injections, monitor equipment, record vital signs, dress wounds and provide patient comfort.

What is the career outlook for Vocational Nurses?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Vocational Nurses is projected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.

In California, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 17.5 percent or 10,100 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

In Los Angeles County, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 12.5 percent or 2,240 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

In Orange County, the number of Vocational Nurses is expected to grow faster than the average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Vocational Nurses are expected to increase by 15.1 percent or 690 jobs between 2006 and 2016.

Estimated Employment and Projected Growth
Vocational Nurses

Geographic Area (Estimated Year-Projected Year) Estimated Employment Projected Employment Numeric Change Percent Change

California (2006-2016)

57,700

67,800

10,100

17.5

Los Angeles County (2006-2016)

17,940

20,180

2,240

12.5

Orange County (2006-2016)

4,560

5,250

690

15.1

Source: EDD/LMID Projections of Employment by Occupation
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

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