I was wondering if anyone knows or have taken a vent & trach cert class in socal. I am trying to look for one but can't seem to bump into one. I am a new-grad LVN trying to get vent&trach certified so I can work for patients in home care. TIA
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Trach care is taught in nursing school. Haven't seen any specific post-school classes for it. Two vent classes in LA area: www.hprovider.com and www.goodsam.org. There is a third one in Pasadena but couldn't find the website. HTH
I know, but we didn't really focused that much on those subjects, nor did we get enough hands on training. I heard someone from the Home Health Agency that I went to just got her Vent&Trach Care Cert, that's why I want to get one too if I can. Oh, and thanks.
I attended the vent class in Pasadena but didn't find it very helpful. It will give you the piece of paper for a job requirement, but that is about it. I learned about vents on the job. If a hh agency wants to place you on a vent case they should have you orient with a good nurse. That is how I received my initial vent training. From there on, I got experience by working with vent patients. Look at the stickies at the top of the home health forum and you will find one for vents. There is a lot of good info there.
They do offer orientation but I fell more comfortable getting formal education. I think the Staffing Agent told me a place in Pasadena that had classes every 2nd week of the month or something like that for $15. I wouldn't mind taking that, but if you said it didn't help you a lot, what would you suggest I do? Should I just accept a job and try to learn during the orientation? Is it easy? You think I can get it all in in like 2 days? I don't know how long they do orientation for, maybe I will ask tomorrow. Thanks again.
The vent class at the hospital, www.goodsam.org, is probably your best bet for a class, if I were to guess. Like I said, the one in Pasadena will get you the job, but I didn't learn anything. Believe it or not, there is not that much to vents. It is a piece of equipment that you monitor and troubleshoot to a point. There are certain things that you have to learn but the rest is up to the resp therapist and doctor. You will be able to learn on the job, depending upon who trains you. There should be an operator's manual for the vent available and a card with the alarms listed for you to refer to. Usually a family member is quite competent with the vent and will help you out if you need it. I would accept the job. You can always ask to work on non-vent cases until you feel ready. Good luck with the job.