Practical Nursing

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Program Description
The focus of this program is to prepare the student for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. LPN’s provide hands-on nursing care and work under the direct supervision of registered nurses and licensed physicians. They participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for patients of all ages, in a variety of health care settings. Theory and Clinical procedures are integrated to reinforce learning. The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing. The work can be physically demanding, requiring the ability to walk frequently, lift and bend for long periods of time.

Preparation for Employment
Training is aligned with competencies that have been identified as necessary for gainful employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In addition to being trained in the LPN role, students enhance employability by learning about professional conduct, ethics, record keeping, finances, labor issues, technology in health care, resume writing, interview skills, personal learning styles and development of strategies to acquire and maintain employment.  Significant emphasis is placed on the proper use of Electronic Health Records systems to document patient information, retrieve patient medical information and track the administration of medications, lab results, procedures and treatments.
Lab Activities
Lab activities are designed to provide safe care practice with materials, equipment and procedures related to basic, intermediate and advanced nursing care. In addition, students participate in simulated scenarios that challenge them to solve realistic client problems and situations that will happen in the workplace.
Areas of Focus
► Health Science Core
► Nursing Assistant -Articulated
► Body Structure and Function
► Nursing Fundamentals
► Medical and Surgical Nursing
► Pharmacology/Administration of Medication
► Bio-Psycho-Social Nursing
► Maternity Nursing
► Pediatric Nursing
► Comprehensive Transition to the LPN Role
Clinical Practicum
Clinical practicum experiences occur in acute care, sub-acute care, long term care and community settings. Clinical instruction begins early and makes up over 50% of the of the program’s time. Practical experience is obtained in various health care facilities and organizations around Collier and Lee Counties who partner with iTech to train our students. The majority of the sites are outside of Immokalee. It is important that students have reliable transportation to get themselves to their assigned site.
Certifications

► This program meets the Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence and Prevention of Medical Errors education requirements. During the course of the program, the instructor will provide a certificate to the student verifying that these requirements have been met.

Following successful completion of the OCP B (Nursing Assistant -Articulated), the student is eligible to apply to take the CNA examination.

► Students are eligible to apply to take the national licensing examination after satisfactory completion of his approved program.  Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, CAT NCLEX-PN is a computer-administered examination that the nursing graduate must take and pass in order to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse

Continuing Education

A 30 hour Board of Nursing approved IV Therapy course may be taken by Practical nurses once they have graduated from the practical nursing program.
An approved licensed practical nurse supervisory education course can be taken following completion of this program, and after licensure.  The Graduate must have 6 months clinical experience before supervising as well as meeting all other criteria listed in 64B9-16.002.

The PSAV component of this program H170605 has a statewide articulation agreement approved by the Florida State Board of Education:
Registered Nursing AS (1351380100) – 10 credit hours
When Practical Nursing is completed it may be substituted for one science credit in Anatomy and Physiology (2000350).

For career advancement, LPN’s may continue their education by pursuing an Associates Degree or Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing at a college or university.

Transitional Curriculum LPN to RN at Florida Southwestern State College
Potential Employment Oopportunities
► Nursing home
► Hospitals
► Home Health Care
► Clinics
► Doctor’s Offices Hospice/Palliative Care
► Rehabilitation Centers
► Mental Health facilities
► Detox centers
► Other Health Care Centers
Length of Course

► 1350 clock hours or 3 semesters. Takes more than one school year to complete. Follows Collier county Schools Calendar.

Occupational Completion Points

► The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
HSC 0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker 90
HCP 0121 B Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 75
PRN 0091 C Practical Nurse I 285
PRN 0092 C Practical Nurse III 450
PRN 0096 C Practical Nurse III 200

Basic Skills Exit Requirements

► TABE Assessment:
Reading 11.0      Math 11.0  Language 11.0

► TEAS V Assessment

Program Offered
► Regular Classroom hours: Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. – 2:30p.m.
► Clinical times may vary, based on Clinical Site requirements.
Funding / Financial Aid
Course Textbooks
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LPN Pre-Requisites
Click on the link below to open a PDF document with the pre-requisites for the LPN program.

LPA PREREQUISITES

Articulation Agreements
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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Why do I need to have background screening done prior to admission?
A. The Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations mandates that students applying for entrance into any health science program which includes clinical experience in a health care facility must undergo a Level 2 criminal background check and drug screening. The results of these screenings may prevent the applicant from entering the program.

Q. Why do I need to have a Social Security Number to take Nursing Assistant/HHA or Practical Nursing Program?
A. If you do not have a valid SSN, you will encounter difficulties with State Licensing agencies and Registries.

Q. If I have already completed an approved Nursing Assistant Program, can I get credit for it?
A. Yes! As long as you have proof of having completed an approved 165 hour Nursing Assistant program, in the past 2 years. If the CNA certificate was obtained more than 2 years ago, validation of CNA 165 hr certification plus proof of current full time employment as a CNA will be required.

Q. Once I complete the CNA part of the Program, do I have to obtain a Certified CNA license in order to be employed as a CNA?
A. Your job opportunities will be much better if you go for the licensing exam and become a Certified Nursing Assistant. According to State Guidelines, Nursing Assistants do not need to be licensed except to work in nursing homes, unless it is a condition for employment in other institutions.

Q. If I have a CNA license or LPN License, do I have to get a Home Health Aide Certificate to get a job with a Home Health agency?
A. Many Home Health Agencies will hire personnel without the HHA training as long as they have a license and can prove that their training was received by a program that is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Q. Do you have attendance and grade requirements?
A. The student must maintain attendance at 90% or better and maintain a grade of 80% or better or they will be dismissed from the program. There are no excused absences in these programs. In addition, chronic attendance issues, including absences, tardiness and leaving early may result in dismissal from the program.

Q. Once I am accepted, when do I have to submit completed paperwork for the Health Screenings, CPR and Criminal Records/drug screening requirements of the PCT and Practical Nursing Programs?
A. All required paperwork for health screenings, CPR and Criminal records/Drug screening must be submitted prior to your first day of class.

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