Illinois Central College
1 College Drive
East Peoria, Illinois 61635
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Nursing Programs OfferedADN Programs
ADN Program Details
The nursing program prepares the graduates for positions in health care facilities such as clinics, hospitals, physician offices, home health care agencies, or extended care facilities. Nurses assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for patients with acute or chronic health problems; administer medication, treatments prescribed by physicians; and coordinate varied activities of allied health care workers. The program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLN-AC). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and may apply for Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.
Nursing, an intellectually challenging profession, requires a commitment to a life-long learning to remain aware of ever-changing technological trends. The nurse treats a patient's mental and emotional needs as well as physical needs.
As a nurse, you observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress; administer medications and treatments prescribed by physicians; assist in convalescence and rehabilitation; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals take steps to improve and maintain their health.
To pursue a career in nursing, you need to be a caring, compassionate person interested in others able to handle catastrophe and crisis, willing to be legally and morally accountable for your actions, and respectful of the rights of people of all ages, races, social status, and religious beliefs. You must possess a sincere desire to serve humanity, be able to accept responsibility, supervise others' activities, have initiative, and be able to use good judgment in emergencies.
LPN Program Details
The Practical Nursing Program at Illinois Central College is designed to prepare the nursing graduate to give nursing care to patients at the bedside under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. The program consists of two semesters and one summer session. The graduate will be eligible to write the NCLEX for licensed practical nurses and apply for licensure as a practical nurse.
Practical nurses provide basic bedside care for the sick, injured, convalescing, and those with disabilities, under direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist. As a practical nurse, you monitor vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Additional duties include change dressings, preparing and giving injections, assisting patients with personal hygiene, and meeting their emotional needs. In some instances, such as in nursing homes, licensed practical nurses evaluate residents' needs, develop care plans, and supervise nursing aides. The nursing profession, at all levels, is rigorous, stressful work, which may require long, irregular hours, and great responsibility, yet overall, is extremely rewarding.
To pursue a career as a practical nurse, you need to be a caring, compassionate person respectful of the rights and needs of people of all ages, races, social status, and religious beliefs. You must be able to follow orders and work under close supervision.
The need for practical nurses is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2010. This increase is in response to the long-term care needs of the rapidly growing elderly population and general health care growth rate.