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March 27, 2015
OCVTS Practical Nursing Students Receive Caps
Jean Sullivian, March 27, 2015
OCVTS nursing students receive their nurses’ cap as a symbol of progress toward completion of the rigorous Practical Nursing Program.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -Sixty-two Practical Nursing students at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) received the traditional nurse’s cap at a ceremony which recognized the achievements and accomplishments in completing over 868 hours of training in the first half of the comprehensive nursing program.
Completion of the program and graduation is scheduled for July. At that time students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for qualification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Last year, OCVTS nursing graduates attained a 95.38% pass rate for Nursing Licensure Exam, surpassing both the state average of 66.79% and the national average pass rate of 82.16%. OCVTS graduates boasted the highest pass rate in the state of New Jersey.
A practical nurse is trained to care for acute, sub-acute, convalescent and chronically ill patients under the direction of a registered nurse and/or licensed physician.
Forty percent of the program is devoted to classroom theory and laboratory. The remaining time is devoted to clinical experience, a vital part of training. OCVTS has established agreements with over a dozen local hospitals and health care facilities which provide valuable opportunities for students to gain experience and apply classroom theory. The clinical rotations also provide networking opportunities for employment after graduation.
The OCVTS Practical Nursing Program was the first program offered at OCVTS and began in 1959. It is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Department of Education. The program, located at the OCVTS Toms River Center, has a very competitive admissions process and class sizes are limited. It is the largest vocational technical-based nursing program in New Jersey.
For more information about the Practical Nursing program at OCVTS visit www.ocvts.org or call 732.473.3100 extension 3137