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Practical Nursing Certificate

PURPOSE:

Arizona Western College Licensed Practical Nursing program graduates will demonstrate expertise as beginning practitioners. Students will demonstrate:

knowledge in the field of nursing.

critical thinking.

safe patient care.

the ability to safely calculate figures.

an ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES AND EVIDENCE OF ATTAINMENT:

1.

90% of students taking the test for the first time will pass NCLEX-.

The actual results showed a 100% (6/6) NCLEX-PN pass rate.

2.

100% of students will improve in critical thinking skills as measured in the clinical evaluation tool.

100% (6/6) of students passed the clinical portion of the course.

3.

100% of students will pass all clinical competency skills checklist by end of LPN summer semester.  

100% (6/6) passed competency skills check off by the end of the practical nurse semester.

4.

100% of employer surveys will state AWC LPN graduates are adequate or above in basic nursing skills and procedures.

Employer surveys reflect all graduates of the nursing program. See data for associate degree.

5.

100% of students will pass the Math for Meds exam with a grade of 100%.

Done prior to the first semester. Reflected in the associate degree data.

6.

100% of employer surveys will state that practical nurse graduates were adequate or above in communication skills.

Employer surveys reflect all graduates of the nursing program. See data for associate degree.

CHANGES BEING MADE AS A RESULT OF ASSESSMENT:

The Practical Nursing course is an exit option following the two first semester of the associate degree in nursing program. All modifications identified in the A.A. S. apply.

Based on the advisory meeting with YRMC Unit Managers and Unit Based Educators, the practical nurse summer exit course will be expanded to include the content of IV therapy 2 in order to meet employer needs. The NUR 123, Transitions to Practical Nursing will increase from 3 credits to 6 credits. This will also provide an increase in the clinical component in order to improve clinical skills.

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