Practical Nursing

40 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
The 40 credit diploma Practical Nursing program (PN) prepares students who are nursing assistants to complete a two semester program of study after completion of required pre-technical courses in practical nursing that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). Graduates of this program, once licensed, are eligible to apply to the Nursing AAS/LPN Advanced Standing Track program to further their education in nursing.

Change in Nursing Program Acceptance Process:
Effective for January 2015 students starting the process for acceptance into any LSC nursing program has changed.

Students wishing to start the AAS Nursing or the AAS Advanced Standing LPN Track programs In January 2015 and thereafter must complete an application to the program meeting new specific due dates and new requirements.

Students wishing to start the Practical Nursing Diploma program in August 2015 and thereafter must complete an application to the program and meeting new specific due dates and new requirements.

All students will need to complete an entrance application and TEAS test. Students will then be ranked in combination of their TEAS score and cumulative GPA on the pre-technical courses.

Policy 3.41.1 Nursing Programs Admissions outlines the application process, steps involved, and timeline deadlines for applications for fall and spring semesters.

Link to Policy - http://www.lsc.edu/policies/3-41-1-nursing-programs-admissions/

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Program Accreditation:
LSC’s Practical Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is in candidacy, with a site visit scheduled on October 8 – 10, 2014, by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). For more information about ACEN visit http://acenursing.org/. ACEN - 3343 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 850 - Atlanta, GA 30326 - Phone: 404-975-5000 - http://acenursing.org/ If you have questions or concerns, please contact ACEN or Dr. Sharon Tanner at 404-975-5000.

Program outcomes include:
• Adapt to the diverse and ever-changing roles of the Practical Nurse in a variety of health care systems.
• Integrate critical reasoning and evidence-based practice while providing safe and competent care to clients in all stages of development and at any point in the health/illness continuum.
• Utilize the nursing process at the Practical Nurse scope of practice in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan.
• Interact effectively with clients, peers, and members of other health care current technologies.
• Provide nursing care that is reflective of the ethics and values of the nursing profession and to be mindful of each client's inherent worth and dignity.
• Assess patterns and activities that may lead to unsafe practice.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
NUPN14104Adult Nursing IThis course covers nursing care of the adult patient experiencing disorders of the following systems: immune, integument, neoplasms, musculoskeletal, endocrine (diabetes only), reproductive, urinary, gastrointestinal and accessory. The content focuses on the pathophysiology, medical treatment and nursing management of common disorders in these systems. Related pharmacology and nutritional concepts are integrated. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites. FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or, BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1420, NUPN 1430, NUPN 1440, NUPN 1458 and NUPN 1468. (4 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN14202PN Technical Skills IThis course includes both a lecture and skills lab component. The lecture portion covers the practical nursing theory of the nursing process, the patient's medical record, documentation, microbiology, pre and post operative nursing care, and the body¿s response to wound healing. The laboratory component will facilitate student demonstrations, practice and test outs of designated basic nursing skills. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites. FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or, BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 AND BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1410, NUPN 1430 NUPN 1440, NUPN 1458 and NUPN 1468) (1.5 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN14302Medication ConceptsThis course covers theory and techniques of interpreting medication orders, medication reference materials and the administration of medications. Drug calculations are emphasized. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites. FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1410, NUPN 1420, NUPN 1440, NUPN 1458 and NUPN 1468) (1.5 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN14402Psychosocial NursingThis course covers the therapeutic communication, cultural considerations, family structure, coping and defensive mechanisms. The mental health component covers problems with anxiety, anger, affect and mood, confusion, psychotic thought processes, substance abuse, and spiritual distress. The course focuses on the practical nurse¿s implementation of therapeutic techniques, nursing management and medical treatment of the mental health disorders and conditions. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites: FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1410, NUPN 1420 NUPN 1430, NUPN 1458 and NUPN 1468. ) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN14581Practical Nursing Clinical IThis course covers clinical application of nursing care principles for the beginning student making the transition from the nursing assistant to the practical nurse role. Efficiency and organizational skills are introduced. The course focuses on care and skills learned in theory and lab courses. The nursing process will be used in caring for a resident of a long term care facility. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites. FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or, BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1410, NUPN 1420 NUPN 1430, NUPN 1440 and NUPN 1468.) 0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN14683Practical Nursing Clinical IIThis course expands on concepts covered in NUPN 1458. Improved efficiency and organizational skills in delivering nurse care will be developed. Safety, professionalism and dependability are emphasized. The nursing process will be used in caring for a stable patient in an acute care facility. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program by successfully completing all prerequisites. FYE 1000, BIOL 1000 or, BIOL 1005 and BIOL 1140 and BIOL 1141, ENGL 1106, current CNA registration, current CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid. Concurrent enrollment with NUPN 1410, NUPN 1420 NUPN 1430, NUPN 1440 and NUPN 1458) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15001Nursing TrendsThis course emphasizes the history of nursing, health care systems, professional boundaries, legal and ethical issues, and standards of care. The Nurse Practice Act will be reviewed as related to the role of the practical nurse. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15104Adult Nursing IIThis course builds on content from NUPN 1410 and covers nursing care of the adult patient experiencing disorders of the following systems: respiratory, blood/lymphatic, cardiac, peripheral vascular, eye/ear, nervous and, endocrine (excluding diabetes). The content focuses on the pathophysiology, medical treatment and prioritized nursing management of common disorders in these systems. Related pharmacology and nutritional concepts are integrated. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (4 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15201Practical Nursing Technical Skills IIIn this skills lab course, the student will perform more complex designated skills, building on content from NUPN 1420. A higher level of critical thinking and problem solving will be emphasized. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses.) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15312Maternal Child NursingThis course covers an introduction to maternal and pediatric nursing. The focus is family-centered content that spans the development continuum from health to illness. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses. ) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15381Maternal Child ClinicalTThis course covers clinical application in caring for the stable obstetric, newborn and pediatric patient. The obstetrical component covers the simulation or bedside care of the labor patient, postpartum patient and newborn. The pediatric portion covers the simulation, ambulatory or bedside care of the child. The student will make nursing care adaptations related to the family unit. (Prerequisites: successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (0 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15402Gerontology in NursingThis course is designed to present nursing students with information and learning tools that adapt nursing skills to the aging population receiving health care in a variety of settings. Leadership skills are introduced to assist caregivers in long term care facilities at the practical nursing level. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15582Practical Nursing Clinical IIIThis course covers increased complexity of common health disorders for the adult patient using the nursing process. Nursing care will be delivered with improved efficiency whole utilizing increased integration of theory. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (0 hrs lec/ 4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
NUPN15682Practical Nursing Clinical IVThis course consists of concentrated clinical experience in which the student will apply knowledge, skills and attitudes learned throughout the program. The student will demonstrate the ability to function as an entry-level, graduate Practical Nurse. Clinical experience will be covered by long term care or simulation ambulatory care settings. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester PN courses, and concurrent enrollment in semester II courses) (0 hrs lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 36 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0450 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0450 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Courses:
FYE1000 Student Success Seminar 1.00
ALTH1410 Medical Terminology 1.00

BIOL1000 Human Body in Health and Disease 5.00
OR
BIOL1005 Introduction to Cell Biology 1.00 and BIOL1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00

BIOL1141 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.00
(NOTE: BIOL1005, BIOL1140, and BIOL1141 is required for progression to Associate Degree Nursing.)
ENGL1106 Composition I 3.00
Current CNA Registration, CMA Registration, or Military Medic
Current CPR/First Aid Certification

Courses apply toward the total credits required for program completion, and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before the student will be considered for full program entry and continuation into Semester I nursing courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.4 is required to enter the program.

You will need a physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux, current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid is required for all clinical courses (ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement), proof of current registration as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and a Background Study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.