The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Health Science career cluster.
The content includes but is not limited to basic information about the skills required, available, career paths, specializations, financial rewards, occupational hazards, and educational requirements. Information concerning the practices for promoting good health is included.
Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.
Florida Standards for English Language Development (ELD)
English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. ELD.K12.SI.1.1
English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf.
For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Information relevant to this Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is provided at the end of this document.
After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:
Discuss the history of nursing.
Discuss personal qualities essential to nurses.
Show an awareness of various career pathways for nursing services and occupations.
List skills performed by various levels of nursing occupations.
Identify life stages and the health care needs of each.
Demonstrate basic communication skills.
Perform basic mathematical calculations and demonstrate problem solving skills used by nurses.
Demonstrate an understanding of principles of wellness.
Demonstrate an understanding of the sciences in nursing.
Discuss various job settings for nurses.
Demonstrate employability skills related to nursing.
Identify components of network systems.
Describe and use communication features of information technology.
Discuss the history of nursing--The student will be able to:
Compare nursing care from early times to the present. For example: families, religious orders, wars, modern treatment and equipment.
Discuss early pioneers in nursing such as Phoebe, Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale.
Discuss personal qualities essential to nurses--The student will be able to:
Describe the personal traits of an ideal nurse.
List their own personal traits that would assist them in nursing and those that would need to be improved or developed.
Discuss the importance of legal and ethical behaviors as related to nursing.
Show an awareness of various career pathways for nursing services and occupations--The student will be able to:
Identify and classify what careers fall under the nursing service category and cluster (eg. C.N.A.s, PCTs, LPNs, ADNs, diploma R.N.s, B.S.N.s, M.S.N.s, PhDs, and DNPs) and identify various pathways to reach these levels.
List various institutions where training for nursing careers is available.
Identify types of education and training levels as it relates to nursing services/occupations.
List the advantages and disadvantages of one occupation including the following factors: job opportunities, salary ranges, fringe benefits, working conditions, and occupational hazards.
List skills performed by various levels of nursing occupations--The student will be able to:
Identify representative skills of nursing assistants and home health aides.
Identify representative skills of patient care technicians.
Identify representative skills of practical nurses.
Identify representative skills of professional nurses
Identify representative skills of nursing specialties.
Identify life stages and the health care needs of each--The student will be able to:
Describe common health care needs from birth to death and identify how nurses help address those needs.
Identify how nurses promote optimum health.
Identify how cultural diversity/transcultural nursing affects health care needs at different life stages.
Demonstrate basic communication skills--The student will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to follow written and oral directions.
Demonstrate examples of verbal and non-verbal communication.
Recognize the role and use of basic terminology and abbreviations used in nursing.
Perform basic mathematical calculations and demonstrate problem solving skills used by nurses--The student will be able to:
Describe the importance of why accurate calculations and effective problem solving skills are required.
Accurately identify and perform appropriate numeric procedures with problems found in numeric, symbolic, or word form as they relate to nursing occupations.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of wellness--The student will be able to:
Describe how cultural and individual differences in lifestyles relate to wellness and quality of life and how these differences impact health problems of society.
Demonstrate an understanding of the risk factors that contribute to illness.
Identify consequences of substance abuse and high risk factors.
Demonstrate an understanding of the sciences in nursing--The student will be able to:
Recognize the role science has in nursing.
Discuss various job settings for nurses--The student will be able to:
Recognize various settings that employ nurses.
Compare salaries and benefits of various levels of nursing and various employment settings.
Discuss pros and cons of nursing jobs in various settings.
Demonstrate employability skills related to nursing–The student will be able to:
List skills needed for employment as a nurse.
At a minimum, demonstrate the skills used within nursing from the following list:
Identify components of network systems–The student will be able to:
Identify structure to access internet, including hardware and software components.
Identify and configure user customization features in web browsers, including preferences, caching, and cookies.
Recognize essential database concepts.
Define and use additional networking and internet services.
Describe and use communication features of information technology–The student will be able to:
Define important internet communications protocols and their roles in delivering basic Internet services.
Identify basic principles of the Domain Name System (DNS).
Identify security issues related to Internet clients.
Identify and use principles of personal information management (PIM), including common applications.
Efficiently transmit text and binary files using popular Internet services.
Conduct a webcast and related services.
Represent technical issues to a non technical audience.
Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental, quality, and safety procedures are an integral part of this career and technical program/course. Laboratory investigations benefit all students by developing an understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills required to manage, operate, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment/tools used to make observations. Students understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.
The length of this course is one semester. It may be offered for two semesters when appropriate. When offered for one semester, it is recommended that it be at the exploratory level and more in-depth when offered for two semesters.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with career opportunities and job requirements in the field of nursing which will enable students to consider career objectives and interests.
Reinforcement of basic skills in English, mathematics, and science appropriate for the job preparatory programs occurs through vocational classroom instruction and applied laboratory procedures or practice.
Special projects that are related to nursing are provided, including role playing activities of daily living as a handicapped individual, developing an emergency evacuation plan for their own home, menu planning and feeding techniques, applying slings, use of wheelchairs, and creating their own nursing career plan. Team teaching and integration of the curriculum with English, Math and Science is encouraged.
Guest speakers from industry make an important contribution to the effectiveness of this course.
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
HOSA: Future Health Professionals is the intercurricular career and technical student organization providing leadership training and reinforcing specific career and technical skills. Career and Technical Student Organizations provide activities for students as an integral part of the instruction offered. The activities of such organizations are defined as part of the curriculum in accordance with Rule 6A-6.065, F.A.C.
Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the secondary student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations’ plan to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided should be maintained in a confidential file.
In addition to accommodations, some secondary students with disabilities (students with an IEP served in Exceptional Student Education (ESE)) will need modifications to meet their needs. Modifications change the outcomes or what the student is expected to learn, e.g., modifying the curriculum of a secondary career and technical education course. Note: postsecondary curriculum and regulated secondary programs cannot be modified.
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