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My name is Vera Addison, R.N.-B.C. I am a Health Science Practicum program instructor (specifically the Patient Care Technician certification program) and Health Science Theory instructor at DHS. I have 28 years of nursing experience to share with students. My work history includes a variety of healthcare settings, including Labor & Delivery, Pediatrics, Home Health, and Geriatrics. I have also worked in nursing management so I bring to the table a broad perspective of the healthcare industry. I look forward to an wonderful year as we explore the healthcare industry and patient care together! Go GATORS!
Conference Times: Monday-Friday, 7:20-7:50, as schedule permits. Please email me if interested in setting up a parent-teacher conference.
Tutoring: Available during CHOMPtime on M, T, W, and F.
Retesting: All failed tests/quizzes' may be retaken for scores of 69 or less. The student should communicate their intent to retest at least one day in advance to me to ensure testing materials are available.
The Patient Care Technician program educates students about health care issues, patient/resident rights, industry regulations and standards of care, safety standards, ethics, legal issues, therapeutic communication, and basic patient care skills. This class has several components: a hybrid classroom incorporating student-focused teaching methods and computer-based learning and communication, simulation lab skills training, and clinical attendance at local healthcare facilities. The program requires self-discipline, respect for policies and procedures, respect for others, good communication skills, honesty, patience, and determination from all of its students.
At the end of the Patient Care Technician program, students will challenge the certification exam and if they pass, they will earn their certification.
This practicum program is for senior class students.
The Health Science Theory class is for junior level students. In this class, students will prepare for their final year in the Health Science program. This preparation will include exploring topics such as teamwork and collaboration with classmates, therapeutic communication, basic human anatomy and physiology, workplace safety and prevention of injuries to both themselves and patients, infection control and prevention, and patient care skills, just to name a few.
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