Vocational Nursing

The Shasta College Vocational Nursing Program seeks to develop and transmit knowledge regarding nursing practice and delivery of safe and effective health care to various patient populations and diverse cultures. The faculty and students, working collaboratively with the community, share responsibility in creating an educational environment conducive to learning, creative problem-solving approaches and critical thinking skills.


Vocational Nursing is a science and an art with the ultimate goal of providing safe, competent health care. The vocational nurse is committed to:

  • Promotion of optimal health.
  • Promotion of self-care.
  • Prevention of illness.
  • Delivery of quality, evidence-based health care to individuals, families and communities. 

The recipient of nursing care is viewed as a dynamic and holistic being, which includes physiological, psychological, sociological and spiritual life components, living within an ethnic cultural context. The vocational nurse values cultural diversity and provides culturally sensitive care. It is essential to treat all individuals with respect and dignity. The recipient of care is an active member of the health care team and is responsible in making decisions that affect his/her health and health care. 

The vocational nurse provides safe nursing care under the auspice of the registered nurse and/or physician. This care is characterized by critical thinking and problem-solving skills, clinical competence, accountability, effective communication skill and emphasis on health education and a commitment to the value of caring.  

The vocational nurse demonstrates patient advocacy, ethical and legal behavior and responsibility for professional growth throughout their career. Vocational nurses are prepared to provide competent and safe basic level care in a variety of health care settings.

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