2015-16 Catalog

Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)

Certificate

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/practical-nursing

Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)

The Practical Nursing program offers a one year certificate in Practical Nursing designed to prepare practical nurses to function under the direction of a licensed professional in an ever-changing health care environment in a variety of health care settings. The student is prepared to function within the nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing in structured health care settings.

Licensed Practical Nurse

The Licensed Practical Nurse assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides basic bedside and personal care to clients in acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics and physician offices.

Working Conditions

Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Working hours may include various shifts; including 8 or 12 hours, weekends, and holidays. Schools, offices, and clinics may offer more traditional hours.

Employment

The demand for licensed practical nurses is very high and is likely to increase. As life expectancy increases so too, is the need for health care providers to meet the demands of an aging population.

Accreditation/Approval

The Practical Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and Approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing, Department of Professional Regulation.

Licensure

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination – NCLEX-PN. With successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam, the graduate is eligible to apply for Practical Nurse licensure in any state. Please be advised that nursing licenses can be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing. A live fingerprint scan criminal background check is completed and submitted to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation prior to licensure being granted or denied. The Practical Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR).

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $41,540   *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: One year Certificate
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Fall
  • Employment opportunities a variety of health care settings
  • Prepare for the NCLEX-PN examination

Admission

Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Practical Nursing program prior to enrolling in any nursing courses. Enrollment is limited and competitive and selection is based on a ranking point system.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor.
  5. Schedule and take the TEAS V pre-admission exam. The applicant must have a cumulative TEAS V score of 62% or greater to meet the nursing program admission requirements.
  6. Online applications can be submitted from January 1 – March 1. The applicant is notified within approximately two weeks of deadline date if accepted or not accepted into the program.
  7. Additional admission information about the Practical Nursing program is available at http://sandburg.edu/academics/pn-selective-admission-process.
  8. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:
  • Applicants accepted into the Practical Nursing program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Practical Nursing Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, influenza vaccination, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Cost – Practical Nursing Certificate (see program website)

9.  Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions

College of Nursing
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-5299

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
309-345-3500

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

Certificate

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
PSY.101Introduction to Psychology 3
Fall Semester
NUP.105Practical Nursing I 9
NAD.106Medication Principles for Nurses 2
NAD.108Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning 2
BIO.111Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals **4
Spring Semester
NUP.125Practical Nursing II 9
NAD.130Pharmacology for Nurses 2
PSY.265Developmental Psychology 3
NUT.110Nutrition 3
Second Year
Summer Session
NUP.130Practical Nursing III 5
 Total Program Hours: 45.0
 
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NUP courses and all BIO courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the scheduled semester in order to progress in the program.  Each student must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better to graduate.

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Notice to PN Students Who Plan to Apply for Admission to 2nd Year ADN In place of BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals you may consider enrolling in BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2. (BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2 are required for the Associate Degree Program.)

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 LPN's are eligible to enter Second Year Fall Semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program after completion of NAD.180 and all BIO courses(BIO.211, BIO.212, BIO.200) with a grade of "C" or better and Admission in to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

 

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Hroziencik, Debra J
assistant professor, practical nursing

Weaver, Mischelle
Associate Dean of Nursing

BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals44

This is a one-semester, general survey course intended primarily for LPN and mortuary science students. The course includes a systems approach to anatomy and physiology and many additional topics such as nutrition, metabolism, and fluid-electrolyte and acid-base balance.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS,AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

NAD.106 Medication Principles for Nurses22

This course introduces general principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs for patients across the lifespan. This course also focuses on the knowledge needed for the development of basic dosage and calculation skills necessary for safe administration of medications. This course also includes terminology and abbreviations required to interpret physician's orders and to read medication labels. Instruction includes various systems of measurement. The student will demonstrate accurate dosage calculation; discuss the principles of safe medication administration; and identify the elements of accurate documentation of medication administration. Math proficiency is determined by examination. Laboratory experiences include the application of medication administration skills. Minimum grade of C is required in order to pass the course.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Program. Take NAD.105 or NUP.105, NAD.108, BIO.211 or BIO.111; Minimum grade C or better. All corequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better to progress in the program.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NAD.108 Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning22

This course provides the framework for preparing students to perform comprehensive health assessments on patients across the lifespan utilizing the nursing process and focusing on the development of clinical reasoning. Emphasis is placed on taking a thorough nursing history, performing physiological, psychological, sociological, developmental, cultural, and spiritual assessments, as well as identification of patient safety, health risks, and stressors. Using the techniques of inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation, the student will be able to complete a systematic head to toe physical assessment of the adult patient. Emphasis is also placed on analyzing the data collected, including laboratory and diagnostic testing results and proper recording and documentation of assessed findings. Laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to practice assessment skills. Minimum grade of C is required in order to pass the course.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Program. Take NAD.105 or NUP.105; NAD.106; BIO.111 or BIO.211. All corequisites must be completed with a grad of C or better to progress in the program.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NAD.130 Pharmacology for Nurses22

This course is designed to establish a solid base of knowledge in nursing pharmacology. The nursing process will be utilized in discussing the basic pharmacological principles and drug classifications and their effects on the body. This course will explore pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, contraindications and interactions of selected drugs, emphasizing nursing implications, roles and responsibilities in patient care and safe drug administration. The focus is to examine selected prototype drugs used in the treatment of illness and the promotion, maintenance and restoration of wellness in diverse individuals across the lifespan with special consideration given to the physiological, psychosocial, developmental, cultural, and spiritual needs of patients. Minimum grade of C is required in order to pass the course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NAD.105 or NUP.105 NAD.106 or NAD.108 BIO.211 or BIO.111.,All prerequisites must to completed with a grade of C or,better. Take NAD.125 or NUP.125 and BIO.212. All corequisites must,be completed with a grad of C or better to progress in the,program.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.105 Practical Nursing I699

This course is an introduction to nursing and the roles of the practical nurse, and focuses on patient care concepts. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to provide safe, quality care. The theoretical foundation for basic assessment and nursing skills is presented, and the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a laboratory and clinical setting. The nursing process is introduced and serves as the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills. Other topics covered include professionalism, patient-centered care, legal and ethical responsibilities, and evidence-based practice. A unit entitled Nursing Care in a Diverse Society will focus on the issues and implications associated with caring for patients with diverse and complex cultural backgrounds. Students will provide care for individual adults with acute and/or chronic health care needs in the acute care, outpatient, community and/or long term care and rehabilitation settings. Satisfactory (S) performance in clinical and skills lab and a minimum grade of C in theory are required in order to pass the course. Admission to the Practical Nursing program is required. All classes must be passed with a C or better to progress in the pgoram.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Admission into the Practical Nursing program; Corequisites: NAD.106, NAD.108, BIO.111 or BIO.211; Minimum grade C or better in order to progress in the program;
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.125 Practical Nursing II699

This course builds on concepts, skills, and theories learned in NUP.105 and focuses on the care of the individual patient and families with common health care problems. Building on concepts from previous courses, this course focuses on patient-centered care, quality improvement, informatics, evidence-based practice, safety, teamwork and collaboration, and professionalism are integrated throughout the course. The administration of patient care includes using the nursing process, performing basic assessments, using critical thinking, and assisting with patient education. Emphasis is placed on the care of patients with alterations of the integumentary, muscoloskeletal, genitourinary, and neurosensory systems. The concepts of patient care, nursing management, pharmacology, and nutrition are included within each system. Content is presented from a patient-centered approach based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Patient care includes consideration of physiological, developmental, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Consideration is also given to the impact of health issues, the potential physical and mental adjustments as well as restorative care. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, audio-visuals tutorials, skills lab, simulation and clinical settings. Students will provide care for individual adult patients and their families with common health care problems that require medical and/or surgical health care needs in the acute care, outpatient, community and/or long-term care and rehabilitation settings. Satisfactory (S) performance in clinical and skills lab and a minimum of C in theory is required in order to pass the course. Application toward graudation at Sandburg where program structure permits: Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGE, All Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.130 Practical Nursing III365

Practical Nursing III is an intensive five week summer course designed to familiarize the student with the holistic approach to care for the childbearing and childrearing families. The childbearing section will cover the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods of the normal patient and the neonate as well as those with complications. The normal processes of conception, fetal development, labor and delivery, postpartum period, and family involvement will be included. The childrearing section will cover the growth and development of the pediatric patient, as well as the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of the pediatric patient and their families with common pediatric disorders. The final section of this course will address transitional issues to prepare the student to transition into the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse at the entry level and will prepare the student to take the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. Emphasis will be placed on time management, supervision, quality improvement, and ethical and legal considerations in nursing practice. The student will participate in job readiness skills. Employment considerations will be examined in relation to a rapidly changing health care system. The Illinois Nurse Practice Act will be studied as it relates to the practical nurse. The clinical component of this course allows the student to practice clinical skills while caring for the childbearing and childrearing families in a variety of healthcare settings. Satisfactorily (S) performance in clinical and a minimum grade of C in theory are required in order to pass the course.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: NUP.125 and NAD.130 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUT.110 Nutrition33

This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts and principles of nutrition emphasizing the role of nutrition in health while being able to identify food nutrients and their functions. Cultural, religious and geographical influences are discussed. Emphasis on current dietary recommendations for maximizing well-being and minimizing risk of chronic disease, focus on use of tables, food guides, and guidelines for making healthy food choices is integrated. Discussion also includes nutrition needs for stages of the lifecycle, methods for evaluating creditability of nutrition claims, safe and economic use of supplements, principles of energy balance, basic elements of food safety, diet for exercise and sports. One year of high school chemistry or biology or equivalent is required.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology33

This course is designed to provide an understanding of a variety of topics within the field of psychology. It is not only designed for students planning on majoring in psychology, but for those who have an interest in the scientific basis of behavior, thought, and the physiological processes that underlie each.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 900
General Education -- Social Science

PSY.265 Developmental Psychology33

This course is a study of the development of human beings over the entire lifespan. It begins with an overview of developmental theories and then traces the individual from conception through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, aging, and death.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better, or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 902
General Education -- Social Science

The College of Nursing building has two classrooms, health assessment lab, skills lab, and faculty offices. The nursing program also has classroom availability in building A and a simulation skills lab in building A. All three labs are used to demonstrate and practice essential nursing skills such as basic patient care skills, assessment skills, catheter insertion, administering medications, wound care, etc. Clinical experiences for the Practical Nursing program will be gained with acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary’s Clinics, Marigold Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Seminary Manor, and other surrounding facilities as needed.