LPN Program Details
he Licensed Practical Nurse plays an important role in a client’s plan of care. Though they are not allowed to develop the actual plan of care, they do make important contributions to it. The LPN’s contributions to the plan of care consists of the collection of data, implementing therapeutic nursing measures, performing therapeutic nursing interventions and using ethical decision making within the guidelines of the Nurse Practice Act to provide care.
This program will prepare and assist students in acquiring the basic knowledge and skills necessary to be hired into an entry-level position as a Practical Nurse. This program develops the student’s knowledge base and skills by providing a theoretical foundation and by developing the student’s ability to perform clinical procedures. Training is provided by a balance of lecture, lab, and clinical components.
All nursing theory courses provide a section to discuss a theoretical nursing care plan including assessment, probably short and long term goals, nursing diagnosis, and nursing interventions, along with rationales.
Students are exposed to the nursing process in their first clinical rotation where they start to become familiar with gathering data from the client’s medical record. As they progress they are encouraged to incorporate data into a workable care plan. Instructors may require the student to complete nursing care plan(s) in each clinical course. These nursing care plans will be evaluated, corrected and used as a learning tool. As the students progress in their clinical rotation they may make suggestions to the APRN or RN with the approval of their instructor. In collaboration with the APRN or RN they evaluate the effectiveness of nursing interventions and they may recommend changes in the client’s plan of care.
LPN education prepares the nurse for entry-level position in both acute and long-term care settings. The LPN graduate functions as a contributing member of the health care team and utilizes the nursing process to provide care to individuals and to groups of clients within the framework of the Nurse Practice Act.
Graduates of this program are eligible to sit, upon graduation, for the Connecticut NCLEX-PN licensing examination and assume positions in the health care system as licensed practical nurses.
Licensed Practical Nursing students will be required to submit a medical examination reported by a licensed physician who describes the student’s physical and emotional health, two weeks prior to starting the program. All required immunizations must be completed before the start of the first Nursing course. Students are required to become certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider course), by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, prior to starting the clinical rotation.
Prospective students are advised that Section 19a-14 of the Connecticut General Statutes authorizes the Department of Public Health to deny licensure to applicants who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, who have been disciplined in other states, or have been convicted of a felony.