Practical Nursing

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CIP Code - 513901

Mission

The mission of the Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing is to meet the goal of workforce development by providing specialized classroom instruction and supervised clinical experiences to prepare graduates for successful completion of the computerized licensing exam administered by the National Council of State Board Examiners to the end that employment as a licensed practical nurse may be obtained in the health care industry.

Program Description

The Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing is designed to prepare the student to meet the licensure requirements for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), as established by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The program progresses from simple to complex and consists of classroom instruction, lab practicum and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care agencies. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling into upper level courses and continuing in the program. Students must demonstrate basic computer skills prior to advancement into the acute care clinical component of the program. Practical Nursing Program Coordinators or their designees may assess a student’s basic computer skills by administering a competency exam or having the student successfully complete CPTR 1000 or a comparable computer course. Articulated courses are determined at the discretion of the Practical Nurse Program Coordinator and based upon individual evaluation as described in the 2005 Louisiana Nursing Education Articulation Model. Each course in the PN program must be completed with a minimum score of 80%. Upon graduation, the student is awarded a diploma and is eligible to apply for the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This is a limited enrollment program. Students must be admitted to the program to enroll in any of the PN courses.

In this program, there are a variety exit points that you may choose to take. They are:

 Technical Diploma in Practical Nursing
 Technical Competency Area (TCA) Practical Nursing: Health Aid


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
• utilize the nursing process, technical skills, and communications skills in providing safe and effective care to patients with acute and/or chronic health care needs throughout the life cycle in various health care settings.
• while under the supervision of a medical doctor, dentist or registered nurse.
• demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as an acceptable entry-level member of the health care team within the scope of practice allowed by law.
• provide appropriate nursing interventions to relatively stable to semi-complex patients reflecting decisions based on critical thinking and assessment of patient needs, revising those interventions as needed.
• display personal accountability within the ethical and legal framework of nursing practice and recognize the responsibility of maintaining lifelong professional growth.
• exhibit knowledge of normal human growth and development, basic sciences, and the pathology of common medical disorders and diseases and their treatments.
• demonstrate knowledge of the scope and limitations of the practical nurse in order to render safe and effective care and meet licensing requirements of the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.
• manifest a sense of social responsibility with respect for diverse cultural experiences and backgrounds of clients.
• demonstrate compliance with OSHA guidelines and CDC recommendations relative to Standard Precautions and prevention of disease transmission.
• complete the steps necessary to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Louisiana

Gainful Employment

Degree Requirements

Course

Course Title

Lec Hrs

Lab Hrs

Tot Cr Hrs

Clock Hrs

ORNT1000

FRESHMAN SEMINAR

1

0

1

15

Required Practical Nursing courses:

HNUR1211

NURSING FUNDAMENTALS I

3

1

4

75

HNUR1212

GERIATRIC CLINICAL I

0

1

1

40

TCA - Health Aid

5

115

HNUR1270

PRACTICAL NURSING PERSPECTIVES

3

0

3

45

HNUR1300

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

5

0

5

90

HNUR1320

NUTRITIONAL ASPECTS

2

0

2

30

HNUR1361

BASIC PHARMACOLOGY

2

1

3

60

HNUR1411

NURSING FUNDAMENTALS II

2

1

3

90

HNUR1460

ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

2

0

2

45

HNUR2113

MEDICAL SURGICAL I

5

3

8

260

HNUR2123

MEDICAL SURGICAL II

5

3

8

260

HNUR2133

MEDICAL SURGICAL III

5

3

8

260

HNUR2523

MENTAL ILLNESS/PSYCHIATRIC NURSING

2

0.5

2.5

60

HNUR2611

IV THERAPY

1

0

1

30

HNUR2713

OBSTETRICS

2

0.5

2.5

65

HNUR2723

PEDIATRICS

2

0.5

2.5

65

HNUR2813

PN LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

2

0.5

2.5

60

TD - Practical Nursing

58

1535

Program Coordinators have the option to substitute HNUR 2523, 2713, or 2723 with approved courses, if needed to avoid clinical scheduling conflicts.

Optional Elective

CSRV1000

CUSTOMER SERVICE

3

0

3

45

CSRV2000

CUSTOMER SERVICE & SALES

3

0

3

45

ENTP1000

FOUNDATIONS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

3

0

3

45

The following courses may not be substituted for the above course requirements

HNUR2991

SPECIAL PROJECTS I

0

1

1

30

HNUR2993

SPECIAL PROJECTS II

0

2

2

60

HNUR2995

SPECIAL PROJECTS III

0

3

3

90

HNUR2996

SPECIAL PROJECTS IV

3

0

3

45


Notes

Admissions Procedure All students who have been admitted to Louisiana Delta Community College and who have fulfilled the pre-requisites are eligible to apply to admission to the Practical Nursing program. Enrollment in the PN program is limited. Please speak to the faculty representative, PN Coordinator, or Student Affairs at any campus for details.