Vocational School Training: A Vital Step Towards a Nursing Career
A vocational school can offer nursing education that helps you pass the board exam, but not every vocational school is the same quality. Here’s what you need to look for:
- Does the vocational school have a positive reputation? Talk with alumni and, if possible, former instructors. Search for the school online at sites for organizations such as the Better Business Bureau. (Note that a lack of mention on the BBB’s site doesn’t indicate a problem, but rather a lack of a negative report.)
- Are the instructors high quality? In addition to the required education to teach at a vocational school, the instructors should be highly regarded by students. Review online ratings on the school’s professors at sites such as www.ratemyprofessors.com, which allows students to post their feedback on instructors and their classes.
- Is the school accredited? Accreditation offers many advantages, such as accessibility to more grants, high quality education, transferrable and recognized credits, and overall greater respectability among potential employers.
- Does the vocational school offer hands-on experience? Healthcare is all about the human touch and empathy. Nothing fosters a greater bedside manner than actual practice through job shadowing, interning and other real-life experience before graduation.
- Is a career counselor available? While nurses are generally highly employable, that can also present a problem: where should you work when you can select from so many opportunities and specialties? That’s where a career counselor can provide the information and advice to make the right decision.
- Is the instructor to student ration ideal? Stuffed classrooms can only make it more difficult for students to learn, rather than foster an environment of give-and-take, where students can ask questions, feel enriched by their fellow students’ input and receive enough individual attention.
- Are instructors available outside of class time? When instructors maintain office hours, students can feel freer to ask for any additional help or clarification they need for their studies.
- Does the vocational school offer flexible options? Especially for students who pursue nursing midlife, additional options such as part-time or evening classes.
- Is the vocational school conveniently located? Life is too busy for most students to commute for long distances to attend their classes. Taking classes at a nearby vocational school can make pursuing an education much easier.
- Can students receive ongoing career support? The vocational school should provide career support as need to its graduates through life’s transitions, whether it’s a change in hours, schedule, location, or specialty.
Does the vocational school offer educational support for life to help ensure students’ success? Nurses must keep up with the ever-changing medical world. By attending a school that provides continuing education, they can stay on top of the skills necessary to care for their patients and interact with the other members of the medical team most effectively.