2014-15 Catalog

Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)

Certificate

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

Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)

Carl Sandburg College offers a 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. Clinical experience is provided at hospitals, nursing homes, and community health organizations in several of the surrounding counties.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. The LPN provides basic bedside and personal care to clients in acute and long-term facilities. LPNs are prepared to perform treatments and administer medications as directed.

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

Graduates may apply to write for the National Council Licensing Examination-NCLEX-PN. Upon successful completion of this exam, the student is eligible to apply for Practical Nurse licensure in any state.

Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN). All criminal history must be revealed at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by the ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. All regulations can be accessed at www.idfpr.com.

Admission

Admission to the program is competitive and selection is based on a point system. All prospective students for the Practical Nursing program must submit admission materials and meet current admission requirements before their applications will be considered for review for conditional admission. The most qualified applicants who are residents of the Carl Sandburg College district will be given preference for admission to the program.

Number of students admitted each year:

Day section:  30

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

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

Certificate

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
NUA.100Basic Nursing Assistant Training *7.5
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
Fall Semester
NUP.105Introduction to Practical Nursing 9
PSY.101Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO.111Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals **4
Spring Semester
NUP.125Nurse Care-Ind Health Problems 10
PSY.265Developmental Psychology 3
NUT.110Nutrition 3
Second Year
Summer Session
NUP.130Transitional Issues 3
 Total Program Hours: 45.5

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Prerequisite: Admission to the Practical Nursing Program. Placement on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry as a CNA in good standing by the end of the fall semester is required.

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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.)

Note: Student enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program must complete NUA.100 Basic Nursing Assistant Training, BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (or BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2) and all NUP courses in sequence with a grade of "C" or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program. All co-requisite courses listed in the program curriculum must be completed with a "C" or better to graduate.

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

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Courses

NUP.104 LPN IV Certification233

This class prepares students for initiating and/or maintaining common intravenous therapies. LPN IV Certification is a way for licensed nurses to gain additional experience. Students will learn about the principles and practices, insertion techniques, equipment, infusion calculation rates, management guidelines, principles of antibiotic administration and preventative measures for IV therapy in stabilized clients under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist, or as approved by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act guidelines. Licensed as an LPN in good standing with IDFPR (Illinois Department of Professional Regulation) is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: As Needed
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.105 Introduction to Practical Nursing699

This course presents the specific role of the Licensed Practical Nurse as well as the many facets of the profession of nursing in theoretical instruction and clinical practice. Basic theoretical concepts presented serve as the focus from which critical thinking and decision-making capabilities will evolve. The fundamental elements of nursing care will be covered, including: effective communication, the nursing process, multiculturalism, health and wellness, physiologic balance, ethical and legal concepts, Illinois Nurse Practice Act, pharmacological concepts, and complementary/alternative therapies. Content and learning will be reinforced in the clinical simulation lab and the clinical setting. Satisfactory (S) performance in clinical and the clinical campus lab and a minimum grade of C in theory are required in order to pass the course. Admission to the Practical Nursing program and placement on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry in good standing by end of fall semester is required to enroll.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.125 Nurse Care-Ind Health Problems61210

This course builds on concepts, skills, and theories learned in NUP.105 and includes care of the client with selected common health problems in the acute and long term health care setting utilizing the nursing process. Medication dose calculations and administration, pre and post- operative care, fluid and electrolyte management, infectious disease, physical assessment, pain management strategies, diagnostic tests and common pathologies of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, hematological and immunological, and musculoskeletal systems will receive primary focus in the theoretical, skills laboratory and clinical setting. Health care needs of women and children, including family health promotion, issues and problems influencing family and childcare, newborn and pediatric standards, and common childhood pathologies will be explored. A basic understanding of the care of individuals experiencing mental health deviation will be included. Focus on the application of previously mastered physical care skill sets and critical thought concepts in conjunction with therapeutic communication will continue to develop. Satisfactory (S) performance in clinical and the clinical practice laboratory and a minimum grade of C in theory are required in order to pass the course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: NUP.105 and BIO.111 or BIO.211 with a grade of C or better. Must be in good standing on the Illinois Health Care Workder Registry.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUP.130 Transitional Issues163

Transitional Issues assists the student in the final course of the Practical Nursing Program to make the transition from student to effective practice at the entry level. Employment considerations will be examined in relation to a rapidly changing health care delivery 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 a group of clients. Satisfactory (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 required corequisites 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

Bradley, Nancy L
instructor, practical nursing

Hroziencik, Debra J
assistant professor, practical nursing

Weaver, Mischelle
Associate Dean of Nursing