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1 Discovering Nursing Application process to PC RN program Chapter 2: Keys to Nursing Success

2 RN program at Porterville College

3 APPLICATION PERIOD The Health Careers office must receive all application forms and transcripts prior to the application deadline March Fall semester 2011

4 Transcripts that need to be evaluated Need to be submitted to P.C. Admissions & Records with a “request for evaluation” in JANUARY prior to submitting an application

5 Application procedures It is the student’s responsibility to do the following procedures listed below: 1.Submit an application form 2.Submit Porterville College transcripts (showing all pre-requisite courses completed)

6 APPLICATION PROCEDURES (continued) If you have taken courses from any college other than Porterville College: – Apply for Admission to Porterville College

7 APPLICATION PROCEDURES (continued) If you have taken courses from any college other than Porterville College Please note – the next step takes anywhere from weeks and must be completed prior to the end of the application period: – Have your transcripts evaluated

8 Transcript Evaluation – Have your transcripts evaluated by: 1.Ordering an Official copy of your transcripts from your previous college(s); 2.Submit the Official copy of your transcripts along with a form “Request for Evaluation”.

9 Prerequisite Requirements All prerequisites must be completed with a “C” grade or higher. ENGL P101A (Expository Composition) 4 units ANAT P110 (Human Anatomy) 4 units PHYL P101 (Introductory Physiology) 5 units MICR P106 (Microbiology) 5 units

10 OTHER BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING REQUIREMENTS/GENERAL EDUCATION MATH P051 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher, 5 units SPCH P101 (Introduction to Public Speaking) or SPEECH P102 (Interpersonal Communication) PSYC P101A (General Psychology) SOCI P101 (Introduction to Sociology) or ANTH P102 (Cultural Anthropology) Other general education requirements

11 GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES GE courses are required to graduate from P.C. with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). A.D.N. is required to set for the NCLEX-RN *It is suggested that most of these courses be completed prior to beginning the Nursing Program.

12 RECOMMENDED COURSES Nurs P100, Strategies for Success in a Nursing Program Nurse Assistant Certification

13 SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: 1.Core Biology GPA – all Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken at the college level.

14 SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: 1.Core Biology GPA 2.Core Biology repetitions – the number of times a student has repeated a Core Biology course including withdrawals.

15 SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: 1.Core Biology GPA – 2.Core Biology repetitions 3.English GPA – all credit English course grades regardless of the level of the course.

16 SCHOLASTIC ELIGIBILITY: 1.Core Biology GPA – 2.Core Biology repetitions – 3.English GPA – 4.Overall GPA– the college GPA as it appears on college transcripts. Students must have a minimum score of 75% to be eligible for admission.

17 CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT: All qualified applicants will be placed in a random selection which result in the conditional filling of the program enrollment seats plus selection of 20 alternates.

18 ASSESSMENT TEST: All conditionally enrolled students and alternates will be required to take a state approved nursing assessment test. must rank 67% to be eligible Students who do not meet these criteria will be offered a remediation program.

19 Assessment Test Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) This is a multiple-choice assessment – Reading – Mathematics – Science – English and language usage. More information at

20 REMEDIATION PROGRAM: Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements (Prerequisite Validation Cut- Score of 75% and/or Composite Score of 67% on the Assessment Test) may successfully complete all of the following remediation requirements to be considered eligible for enrollment into the ADN Program:

21 1. Completion of EDUC P076 – Effective Learning Skills with a “B” grade or higher 2. Completion of NURS P110 – Pathophysiology for Nursing with a “B” grade or higer 3. Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with a “C” grade or higher or current CNA certification with proof of recent work experience 4. Completion of NURS P100 – Strategies for Nursing Success with a “C” or higher 5. Repeat Assessment Testing with a score of 67% or higher

22 Successful completion of the Remediation Program must be completed within 12- months of initial application to the ADN Program to be considered eligible.

23 ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS Standing and/or walking most of a shift. Bending or crouching several times per hour. Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour. Lifting and moving up to 300 lbs. with the assistance of 2-3 persons.

24 ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS Lifting and moving up to 300 lbs. with the assistance of 2-3 persons. Reaching overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees. Utilizing eyesight to observe clients and manipulate equipment under various illumination levels.

25 ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS Hearing to communicate with the patient and healthcare team. Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, keyboards, patient lines, and tubes, utilizing fine and gross motor skills. Performing the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.

26 ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL STANDARDS Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to efficiently communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team. Utilizing the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient’s needs and/or emergency situations.

27 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTs A physical examination completed by a physician of the student's choice is required when entering the Program Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations are also required and are performed at the student's expense

28 DRUG / ALCOHOL SCREENING As a condition of application in any Health Careers Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening.

29 BACKGROUND SCREENING Every student offered space in the program will be required to submit to a background screening (at the student’s expense) as part of his or her clinical requirements A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.

30 BACKGROUND SCREENING In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited.

31 Basic Life Support – BLS (formerly CPR) Prior to the beginning of the nursing program, and then throughout the program, students are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association BLS –Healthcare Provider.

32 PROGRAM SUPPLY INFORMATION Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees. An estimated cost for books, uniforms, fees and required equipment for the first term of the Program is approximately $

33 PROGRAM SUPPLY INFORMATION Second and third semesters usually only require registration fees and books. In addition to registration fees and books, the ADN fourth semester’s expenses will include Program Completion activities, Program pin, Board of Registered Nursing application fees and NCLEX Licensure.

34 The following courses are taken after the student enters the Program FIRST SEMESTER – NURS P120 Nursing Fundamentals (2.5 Lec/2 Lab) 4.5 – NURS P121 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 (2.5 Lec/2.0 Lab) 4.5 – NURS P122 Basic Pharmacology 3.0 – Total 12.0

35 SECOND SEMESTER – NURS P123 Medical/Surgical Nursing 2 (2.5 Lec/2 Lab) 4.5 – NURS P124 Obstetrics-Maternity Nursing (1.5 Lec/1.5 Lab) 3.0 – NURS P127 Pediatric Nursing (1.5 Lec/2 Lab) 3.5 – Total 11.0

36 THIRD SEMESTER – NURS P126 Medical/Surgical Nursing 3 (2.5 Lec/3 Lab) 5.5 – NURS P125 Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing (2 Lec/1.5 Lab) 3.5 – Total 9.0

37 FOURTH SEMESTER – NURS P128 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing (3 Lec/4 Lab) 7.0 – NURS P129 Gerontology-Community Nursing (1 Lec/1 Lab) 2.0 – Total 9.0

38 STUDENTS TRANSFERRING TO CSUB Students who plan to obtain their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Cal State Bakersfield after completing the Porterville College ADN Program will need to take: MATH P122 (Statistics) and SPCH P101 (Introduction to Public Speaking) at Porterville College prior to transfer In addition, there may be other general education courses required.

39 PROGRAM APPROVAL ACCREDITATION The California Board of Registered Nursing approves the Porterville College Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Porterville College.

40 LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION ELIGIBILITY Record of any misdemeanor and/or felony is subject to review by the Board of Registered Nursing before a RN license may be granted. Applicants for RN Licensure must submit a valid Social Security number or Taxpayer ID Number at the time of application.

41 What Opportunities await nursing Students?

42 The supply problem: not enough nurses Nursing schools Aging workforce Job burnout  patient access to health care

43 Demand Problem: More nurses needed Hospital acuity increasing Population growth Aging population $

44 Recommendations: curing the nursing shortage Fix burnout Improve nursing image Recruit and retain nurses Increase education availability Diversity

45 Practice Settings: Hospital Nursing – What is it? – Roles – Educational preparation – Pro’s & Con’s

46 Hospital nursing: Sampling of department / units – Intensive care – Step-down or acute care – Outpatient – Operating room – Post-operative recovery care – Labor & Delivery – Emergency – Aid ambulance – Home health – Hospice – Research – Chemical dependency – Psychiatric

47 Neonatal

48 I.C.U

49 O.R.

50 L&D

51 Maturnaty

52 E.R.

53 Hospice

54 Home Health

55 Practice Settings Ambulatory Care Nursing – What is it? – Roles – Educational preparation – Pro’s & Cons

56 Ambulatory Care Nursing Sample of care settings – Outpatient departments – Nurse-managed centers – Physician or nurse practitioner practices or clinics – Dialysis centers – Telehealth

57 Practice Setting Community & Public Health Nursing – What is it? – Roles – Educational preparation – Pro’s & Con’s

58 Community & Public Health Samples of care settings – Hospice – Home health / home care – Mental health – Rural health – The military – Occupational health / industry – Nursing school – Insurance & managed care companies – Schools – Disaster areas

59 Populations Newborns Infants Children Maternity Adolescence Pediatrics Families Women Men Adults Geriatric Hospice

60 Advanced RN practitioners Clinical Nurse Specialist The clinical nurse specialist is a BRN certified RN who is an advanced practice nurse providing expert clinical practice, research, education, consultation and clinical leadership with an identified patient population. The scope of clinical nurse specialist practice includes patients, nursing personnel and organization systems. Clinical nurse specialists work in direct patient care and indirect patient care activities that affect a broad range of patients. There are three (3) methods to qualify for certification as a clinical nurse specialist with the BRN. General reporting of prior conviction or disciplines are required for all methods.

61 Advanced RN practitioner Nurse Anesthetist The nurse anesthetist is a registered nurse who provides anesthesia services ordered by a physician, dentist, or podiatrist, and is certified by the BRN in this specialty.

62 Advanced RN practitioner Nurse-Midwife The nurse-midwife is a registered nurse who, having received a certificate from the BRN, under the supervision of a licensed physician and surgeon, attends cases of normal childbirth and provides prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care, including family planning care for mothers and immediate care for the newborn. There are three methods to qualify for certification as a nurse-midwife with the BRN. General reporting of prior conviction/disciplines are required for all methods.

63 Advanced RN practitioner Nurse Practitioner The nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who possesses additional preparation and skills in physical diagnosis, psychosocial assessment, and management of health and illness needs in primary health care. There are three methods to qualify for certification as a nurse practitioner with the BRN. General reporting of prior convictions or disciplines are required for all methods.

64 Advanced RN practitioner Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Pursuant to Insurance Code Section 10176, the BRN maintains a listing of registered nurses who possess a master's degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing plus two years of supervised experience providing services as a psychiatric/mental health nurse and who have applied to the BRN to be listed. This voluntary listing enables the certificate holder to receive direct reimbursement from insurance carriers for counseling services. There are two methods to qualify for listing as a psychiatric/mental health nurse with the BRN. General reporting of prior conviction/disciplines are required for both methods.

65 Advanced RN practitioner Public Health Nurse The public health nurse is a registered nurse who has received a certificate from the BRN. He or she is an integral part of the public health community and provides direct patient care as well as services related to maintaining public health.

66 Less Common Roles in Nursing International Nursing

67 Less Common Roles in Nursing Alternative therapy nurse

68 Less Common Roles in Nursing Parish Nursing

69 Less Common Roles in Nursing Forensic Nursing

70 Less Common Roles in Nursing Travel Nursing

71 Less Common Roles in Nursing Bioterrorism & Disaster Response Nursing

72 Less Common Roles in Nursing Entrepreneur / consultant Medical editor / writer Pharmacy / medical sales Research nurse


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