Rend Lake College
468 N. Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, Illinois 62846
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Nursing Programs OfferedADN Programs
ADN Program Details
Individuals who have successfully completed the licensed practical nursing program of an approved school of nursing and additional pre-requisite courses may apply to the associate degree nursing program. The A.D.N program is a two semester (fall, spring) program which includes classroom, simulated lab, and clinical experiences. At the successful completion of the program, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of the NCLEX allows the graduate to apply for registered professional nurse licensure. Successful completion of an A.D.N program does not guarantee licensure as a registered nurse. Background checks are conducted prior to the nursing program and prior to licensure. There are times when the Department of Professional Regulation may refuse to issue a license.
LPN Program Details
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Certificate is Tier 2 of the nursing program. LPNs, or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Most LPNs provide basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, apply dressings, treat bedsores, and give alcohol rubs and massages. LPNs monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. To help keep patients comfortable, LPNs assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene. In states where the law allows, they may administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluids. Some LPNs help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LPNs may supervise nursing assistants and aides.
In addition to providing routine beside care, LPNs in nursing care facilities help evaluate residents’ needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors’ offices and clinics, they also may make appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who work in private homes may prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.
The LPN program at Rend Lake College requires one year (three semesters) of education. It prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed in the state of Illinois. Your license can be transferred to other states by reciprocity, if needed.