• Placement/Transfer 94%

    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2012-2013 graduates found work or continued their education.

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Practical Nursing

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    Nursing has proven to be a recession-proof occupation for decades, and the nation is still experiencing a shortage of nurses. SCC's Practical Nursing program is a great start to gaining skills necessary to care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. LPNs care for patients in many ways. Often, they provide basic bedside care. SCC's program will prepare students for entry-level positions in the industry.

    Overview

    The Practical Nursing program offers concentrated basic study and laboratory practice in nursing fundamentals. The program teaches students the concepts, principles, skills, and attitudes needed to become practical nurses who can work with patients throughout the life-span. Students will gain knowledge in medical-surgical, maternal-child, and geriatric nursing. Faculty facilitate clinical experience in area health care agencies. Students will have hands-on clinical experience in a variety of health care facilities. SCC instructors provide close supervision and guidance in the clinical settings. The program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination and become licensed practical nurses by successfully passing the exam. After licensure, LPNs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care, clinics and home health care. For students interested in advanced study, SCC transfer agreements with public and private four-year colleges and universities allow the transfer of SCC credits. However, if students know the institution to which they will transfer, it is their responsibility to check with an appropriate advisor at the four-year school to determine the best course selection for transfer.

    Please note: Misdemeanor or felony convictions may prevent a graduate from acquiring a state license. Contact the State Board of Nursing with questions.

    Also note: If you are taking the part-time track, you must attend clinicals in person, in Lincoln, Beatrice, Geneva or Falls City, NE.

    Mission

    The mission of the Practical Nursing program is to offer a course of study that prepares the graduate with the knowledge, principles, skills, and attitudes to function as an entry-level nurse. The program enables the graduate to continue their education for advanced certification or higher education.

    Employment Outlook

    According to the Nebraska Department of Labor, the expected growth is 10-20 percent during the next 10 years. SCC graduates report an average starting salary of $15.40 per hour, with a high salary of $20 per hour.

    View Gainful Employment Information in this Program of Study.

    Starting Terms

    Please call Admissions Office.
    Beatrice Campus 402-228-8214 or
    Lincoln Campus 402-437-2600.

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    Program Requirements

    Program Requirements & Student Responsibilities

    1. The student is responsible for the independent research necessary to adequately complete the course requirements. Students need to develop the habit of researching indexes and the tables of content for topics related to the current subjects in resources supplementary to required texts. Use of the Library Resource Center is encouraged. Failure to utilize independent study and resources may result in inadequate performance in the classroom and the clinical setting.
    2. All tuition, fees, books, and related costs are the responsibility of the student.
    3. If you are taking the part-time track, you must attend clinicals in-person, in Lincoln, Beatrice, Geneva or Falls City, Neb.
    Program Objectives: 

    The graduate practical nurse is prepared to:

    1. Practice entry-level nursing under the direction of a registered nurse or a licensed practitioner.
    2. Assess the health status of individuals throughout the lifespan, identifying their needs and contributing to formation of the nursing diagnosis.
    3. Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the plan of care using the nursing process to meet the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of the individual.
    4. Participate in providing safe, effective care by creating an environment conducive to safety and health.
    5. Direct and assign nursing interventions that may be performed by others.
    6. Communicate (oral and written) effectively to establish relationships with the patient, families, significant others, health care team members and the community.
    7. Accept accountability for nursing actions by functioning within his/her educational preparation, the state's scope of practice, and the nursing code of ethics.
    8. Accept responsibility for personal and professional growth integrating evidence-based practice throughout life-long learning.
    Expected physical and mental qualities for success:
    1. Ability to communicate effectively using English grammar and legible handwriting.
    2. Ability to interact with patients, families and members of the health care team.
    3. Ability to identify and interpret nonverbal communication.
    4. Ability to maintain self-control under stress and respond appropriately.
    5. Ability to prioritize and organize work while maintaining flexibility and problem-solving.
    6. Ability to accurately calculate and administer medications.
    7. Ability to work closely with people and feel comfortable in the appropriate use of touch.
    8. Ability to function safely.
    9. Ability to work in the presence of unpleasant odors, sights, and sounds.
    10. Ability to be a positive role model for others by practicing the values of cleanliness, honesty, confidentiality, responsibility, dependability, and quality work habits.
    11. Ability to accurately hear physiological sounds such as blood pressure, breath and bowel sounds.
    12. Ability to accurately receive and record telephone messages.
    13. Possess adequate vision to read thermometers, read and interpret small print, measurement lines and numbers, and assess such things as skin color and drainage.
    14. Manual dexterity to perform exacting tasks such as handling syringes and needles, and intravenous tubing.
    15. Physical stamina to sit, stand, walk, bend, reach and move during an eight- to 12-hour shift.
    16. Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or support objects or patients while performing nursing functions such as transferring a patient. Exact weight requirements differ by facility.
    17. Stability of personal health and control of chemical dependency.
    Criminal Background Check
    A Criminal Background Check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the CBC, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this Criminal Background Check.
    Costs

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