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Nurse Technician Programs

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) offers two student Nurse Technician programs.

Graduate Nurse Technician

Our Graduate Nurse Technician (GNT) Program enables new nursing graduates the opportunity to sharpen their clinical skills through provision of direct patient care while preparing to take their RN licensing exam.

Graduate Nurse Technician is defined as graduate nurses who have successfully completed all recommended requirements and full course of nursing in a state-approved nursing school and are pending licensure as a Registered nurse.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must provide a letter from school stating all requirements for graduation have been met or an official transcript
  • Must provide an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Card

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Delivers fundamental knowledge-based care to the assigned patient(s) while developing technical competencies.
  • Will be assigned the same duties and responsibilities as defined in the staff nurse functional statement. 
  • Remains under RN supervision, until such time that he/she becomes a RN.
  • Will not perform initial admission patient assessment or the first patient assessment of the shift, develop patient plans of care, evaluate, or document patient discharge, or independently administer medications or intravenous therapy.
  • May not administer experimental drugs, administer, or verify blood or blood products, receive delivery of controlled substances, or count controlled substances.
  • Must take the NCLEX within three (3) months after graduation or they will be terminated from employment. 
  • GNT who passes the examination must present licensure information to the Nurse Manager and the Nurse Recruiter as soon as possible after notification to permit conversion from GNT to RN.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Rose L. Brown, MHA, BSN, RN, CHCR, Nurse Recruiter
10 North Greene street/Annex Room 708
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1524

Email:  rose.brown3@va.gov
Office:  410-637-1825/Cell:  443-301-8694


Student Nurse Technician

Our Student Nurse Technician (SNT) Program enables students currently enrolled in accredited schools of nursing the opportunity to provide direct patient care as they continue their nursing education.

Student Nurse Technician is currently enrolled in an accredited School of Nursing, recognized by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Completes assigned duties and responsibilities, which involve performing standard and specialized practical nursing activities and which require broad work experience.  Level of practice will be dependent upon clinical skills verified by the School of Nursing.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Has successfully completed two (2) clinical semesters in an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Baccalaureate program
  • Must provide an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Card

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides direct nursing care to patients/residents in a variety of health care settings.
  • Functions under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN) who is responsible for the coordination of patient care.
  • Monitors patients/residents according to levels of observation, acuity, and assignment.
  • Recurring duties are carried out independently.
  • Recognizes and appropriately responds to patients/residents requiring nursing care and seeks RN guidance when necessary to ensure safe, quality patient care. 
  • Assists health care providers with patient care procedures.
  • Uses observation skills for data collection, reporting, and recording.
  • Documents observations, treatments, procedures, and conditions in the computerized patient record and reports them verbally to the appropriate person.
  • Maintains confidentiality of written, electronic, and verbal patient/employee information.
  • Safeguards the patient’s/resident’s right to privacy.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Rose L. Brown, MHA, BSN, RN, CHCR, Nurse Recruiter
10 North Greene street/Annex Room 708
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1524

Email:  rose.brown3@va.gov
Office:  410-637-1825/Cell:  443-301-8694