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    Practical Nursing Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2019 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
    Practical Nursing.
    Practical Nursing Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2019 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
    Practical Nursing.
    Practical Nursing Employment/Transfer rate
    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2019 graduates found work or continued their education.
    Placement
     

Practical Nursing

  •  Estimated Cost: $5,602

    Program Length: 2 semesters

    Locations: Beatrice / Lincoln / Online + Labs

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring

    Awards Offered: Diploma

    Program Description

    If you are passionate about health care and caring for others, then a Practical Nursing career is the perfect fit for you. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you are a valued member of the health care team working with people across the lifespan from newborns to end-of-life care.

    We work with you to complete your degree as either a part time or full time student. Our program will teach you the concepts, principles, skills and attitudes needed to function as a direct patient care provider and patient advocate. Our program enables you to continue your education for advanced certification or high education.

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    A Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician and performs many procedures, including monitoring vital signs, administering medication, documenting work, and supervising unlicensed personnel. You will be a successful practical nurse if you:

    • are detail oriented and able to work on a team
    • provide quality care with respect and dignity for the patient and their family
    • are able to communicate effectively (both verbal and written)
    • anticipate a patient’s needs, making quick decisions without supervision
    • calculate safe and accurate dosages of medication, IV rates and solutions
    • document and communicate changes in the patient’s condition with other health care providers
    • have the ability to multitask
    • are a person of character with honesty and integrity

    Our next full time admission will be the Fall 2020 semester while our part time admission is set for the Spring 2021 semester. The online application link will be available during the following application periods:

    • Full Time: February 1 to March 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance on or after April 15, 2020.
    • Part Time: September 1 to October 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be on after November 15, 2020.

    Follow these steps to complete your application. Detailed information can be found on the Practical Nursing Admission Checklist.

    1. Determine program option best for you.
    2. Meet with health sciences advisor – call 402-437-2260 to schedule an appointment in Lincoln and 402-228-8201 in Beatrice.
    3. Complete placement testing.
    4. Complete program general education requirements.
    5. Complete program success plan.
    6. Complete digital resume.
    7. Complete and submit program application.
    8. Complete special program requirements.

    If you are admitted into the Practical Nursing program, you are required to submit the following:

    • Criminal Background Check: A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed during your first term in the Practical Nursing program. Based on the outcome of the CBC, you may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program.
    • Drug and Alcohol Testing: You will be required to submit an initial drug and alcohol testing prior to your first clinical rotation at a contracted healthcare facility. This will be completed in the first term of the Practical Nursing program.

    Admissions Resources:

    As a Practical Nursing student, you are responsible for:

    1. All tuition, fees, books and related costs.
    2. If you are taking the part time track (online), you must attend clinical and lab in one of our locations in Lincoln, Beatrice, Geneva/Milford or Falls City.

    At the end of the program, you will be prepared to:

    1. 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.
    2. Communicate (oral and written) effectively to establish relationships with the patient, families, significant others, health care team members and the community.
    3. Practice entry level nursing under the direction of a registered nurse or a licensed practitioner.
    4. Assess the health status and culture of individuals throughout the lifespan, identifying their needs and contributing to formation of the nursing diagnosis/patient problems.
    5. Provide safe, evidence based care by creating a caring environment conducive to safety and health.
    6. Direct and assign nursing interventions that may be performed by others.
    7. Accept accountability for nursing actions by functioning within one’s 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.

    You picked a career in a growing field as the Nebraska Department of Labor expects 25% growth during the next 10 years in nursing. Most graduates are hired into an acute care specialty at hospitals, clinics, offices and long-term care facilities. Recent SCC graduates report an average annual starting salary of $36,400. Career options include:

    • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
    • LPN, Charge Nurse
    • LPN, Quality Improvement
    • LPN, Quality Management
    • Charge Nurse
    • Collection Charge Nurse

    ACEN-Seal-Color-Web_144SCC’s Practical Nursing program is approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing and accredited by:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    Phone 404-975-5000
    www.acenursing.org.

    Program Outcomes

    States where licensure or certification requirements are met by this program’s curriculum – Nebraska

    Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN exam. Nebraska belongs to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) compact.  Any student passing the NCLEX-PN exam in Nebraska may also practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in any of the other compact states without reapplying for a license in that state. Click on the following link to access all compact states: https://www.ncsbn.org/compacts.htm.

    SCC has made no determination of any non-compact State as to whether the program’s curriculum does or does not meet licensure or certification requirements.

    Beatrice Campus

    Kristin Ruiz, Program Director
    EdD, University of Nebraska
    ADN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    MN, University of Kansas Medical Center
    402-228-8264
    kruiz@southeast.edu

    Lori Crawford, Instructor
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-228-3468
    lcrawford@southeast.edu

    Dusty Duis, Instructor
    LPN, Southeast Community College - Beatrice
    MSN, Grand Canyon University
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    402-228-8261
    dduis@southeast.edu

    McKenzie Henrichs, Instructor
    LPN, Southeast Community College - Beatrice
    ADN, Cloud County Community College
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center 
    402-228-3468
    mhenrichs@southeast.edu

    Martha Howe, Instructor
    LPN, Fairbury Junior College
    RN, Bryan Memorial Hospital
    BSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-228-8262
    mhowe@southeast.edu

    Shaylin Jiskra, Instructor
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    LPN, Southeast Community College - Beatrice
    ADN, Cloud County Community College
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    402-587-1504
    slikens@southeast.edu

    Jennifer Rohr, Instructor
    LPN, Southeast Community College - Beatrice
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-228-8246
    jrohr@southeast.edu

    Learning Center at Falls City

    Catrina Zentner, Instructor
    RN, Bryan School of Nursing
    BSN, Methodist College
    MSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    402-437-2806
    CZentner@southeast.edu

    Lincoln Campus

    Ashley Fritz, Program Director
    RN, College of Saint Mary
    BSN, College of Saint Mary
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-437-2731
    afritz@southeast.edu

    Diane Anderson, Instructor
    LPN, Southeast Community College
    BSN, Union College
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-437-2773
    danderson@southeast.edu

    Amy Hensley, Instructor
    BSN, Bryan College of Health Sciences
    MSN, Bryan College of Health Sciences
    402-437-2765
    ahensley@southeast.edu

    Kami Brinkerhoff, Instructor
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-437-2737
    kbrinkerhoff@southeast.edu

    Erin Putney, Instructor
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    MSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
    402-437-2772
    eputney@southeast.edu

    Rachel Van Dyke, Instructor
    BSN, MSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    402-437-2769
    rvandyke@southeast.edu

    Milford Campus

    Diane Weber, Instructor
    BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    402-761-8250
    dweber@southeast.edu

     
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