Nursing Technician Program

A nursing technician (NTEC) is a nursing student preparing for RN licensure who meets the qualifications for licensure under RCW 18.79.340.

Getting Started

Skills Lists

Nursing Technicians (Nurse Techs) are able to perform specific nursing functions. There are certain skills the College of Nursing wishes Nurse Tech BSN students to achieve at various levels throughout their program. A list of these skills will be sent to the student’s facility contact before they begin employment as a Nurse Tech. The student and facility contact should review the skills list at the beginning of, as well as throughout, the semester to ensure the student is achieving the necessary skills.

  • Advanced Infection Control
  • Applying bandages and binders
  • Basic Infection Control
  • Bed bath
  • Beginning of carb counting/insulin
  • management
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Calculating Intake and Output
  • CPR
  • Denture cleaning
  • Documentation in a chart/EHR
  • Enema administration
  • Feeding a resident
  • HIV/AIDS education (7 hours)
  • Injections: IM, ID, Subcutaneous
  • Making occupied bed
  • Making unoccupied bed
  • Managing a tube feeding resident:
  • PEG/PEJ
  • Managing wound/dermal ulcers
  • Medical Asepsis
  • Medication administration including 6 rights (oral, optic, otic, enteral, vaginal, rectal)
  • O2 management
  • Performing a foot/lower leg assessment
  • Performing catheter care
  • Performing condom catheter care
  • Performing foot care on a resident
  • Performing oral suction
  • Range of Motion activities
  • Safety devices
  • Shower and bed bathing
  • Specimen collection including urine: clean catch and sterile
  • Teeth brushing
  • Transferring from bed to W/C
  • Transferring from W/C to bed
  • Vital Signs

  • Airway management: tracheostomy suctioning
  • Apply ECG leads
  • Arterial line management
  • Care for patient receiving blood products (including monitoring for adverse reactions)
  • Care of patient with Chest Tube: dressing change
  • Care of patient with chest tubes: managing drainage system
  • Closed bladder irrigation: continuous & intermittent
  • IV Therapy: discontinue
  • IV Therapy: manage
  • IV Therapy: start
  • Nasogastric tube removal
  • Nasogastric tube care
  • Nasogastric tube insertion
  • OR: Scrub and gown
  • Ostomy care
  • Peripheral Arterial Gas
  • PPN: management
  • Prime & administer secondary IV (Piggyback)
  • Prime & hang maintenance IV
  • Provide tracheostomy care
  • Staple removal
  • Stool management: rectal tubes
  • Suture removal
  • TPN: management
  • Urinary catheterization: Foley
  • Urinary catheterization: Straight
  • Wound dressing change
  • Wound vacuum monitoring

  • Care of patient during intrapartum period
  • Developmental assessments
  • Education on child restraints
  • Education on contraceptive methods
  • Hearing screening
  • Immunization administration
  • Infant/child feeding – breast and bottle
  • Leopold maneuvers
  • Maternal/Newborn assessment and care
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • Pediatric growth measurements
  • Pediatric IV therapy: manage
  • Pediatric medication administration
  • Physical assessment of a child
  • Post-partum assessments and care
  • Scoliosis screening
  • Vision screening

Nursing technicians are authorized to perform specific nursing functions within the limits of their education, up to their skill and knowledge, but they may not:

  • Administer chemotherapy, blood or blood products, intravenous medications, or scheduled drugs, or carry out procedures on central lines;
  • Assume ongoing responsibility for assessments, planning, implementation, or evaluation of the care of patients;
  • Function independently, act as a supervisor, or delegate tasks to licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, or unlicensed personnel; or
  • Perform or attempt to perform nursing techniques or procedures for which the nursing technician lacks the appropriate knowledge, experience, and education

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