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Practical Nursing

What is Practical Nursing?
It is a career in which the licensed practical nurse is prepared to provide nursing care for clients in a variety of health care settings under the supervision of a licensed health professional authorized by the Virginia Board of Health Professions.

Who may apply?

  1. Students entering their senior year in Henrico County Public Schools.
  2. Adults who are employees of Bon Secours Richmond Health System or who reside in Henrico County.
  3.  Adults residing outside Henrico County.
  4. minimum GPA of 2.5 required

What is the program like?
The program is eighteen (18) months in length. The first nine months constitute Practical Nursing I and is taught at Hermitage Technical Center from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Highland Springs Technical Center from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Senior students attend their home school for half of each school day and the technical center for the other half day. Adults attend either the morning or afternoon session, depending on senior students’ enrollment, or the night session.

Practical Nursing II, or the last nine months, is full-time, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Students gain clinical experience in a variety of community settings and at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

Courses include:

Practical Nursing I

  1. Introduction to Nursing (30 hrs.) introduces the beginning student to the practical nursing program and to nursing as a career. Information is provided on the
  2. expectations and relationships encountered in nursing practice including legal and ethical aspects, licensure, employment, and current trends in health care.
  3. Structure and Function (96 hrs.) describes the healthy person as a physical being. The sequence of the course begins with cells and proceeds to tissues,
  4. organs, and systems. Nursing Fundamentals (189 hrs.) provides knowledge
  5. of the principles as well as the performance of the procedures that are essential to the basic nursing care of patients. Learning experiences are provided by classroom instruction and laboratory practice.
  6. Nutrition (33 hrs.) emphasizes basic nutritional requirements to maintain wellness in various developmental stages. A study of the nutrients, their sources and functions, basic requirements, and an introduction to diet therapy are included.
  7. Geriatrics (75 hrs.) teaches the normal process of aging and helps the student to develop a positive attitude toward the aging individual in society.
  8. Pharmacology (30 hrs.) provides basic information to prepare and administer medications and observe for therapeutic and/or side effects.
  9. Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing (80 hrs.)
  10. provides the knowledge and understanding of selected disease conditions and their causes, treatments and nursing care. The course supplies the student with the background for recognition of the major classifications of illness and the major health problems of the community.

A final grade of a “77” (C) or better must be earned in each of these courses to progress to Practical Nursing II.

Practical Nursing II

  1. Medical-Surgical Nursing I (219 hrs.) and Medical-Surgical Nursing II (200 hrs.) introduce the student to the major medical and surgical conditions of the adult patient. Theory and clinical experiences are correlated. Emphasis is placed on the development of nursing skills and competencies in the medical-surgical setting to meet the individual’s nursing care needs.
  2. Maternity (132 hrs.)/Pediatrics (132 hrs.) provides the student with knowledge, understanding, and nursing skills related to the needs of women during all phases of childbearing, including the welfare and care of the newborn. Basic needs of children at various stages of development and the nursing care of sick children are taught. Emphasis is placed on prevention of illness and maintenance of wellness
  3. Psychiatry (132 hrs.)/Community/Rehabilitative
  4. Nursing (132 hrs.) provides the student with skills which will aid in recognizing the emotional needs of patients. The focus of Community/Rehabilitative Nursing is outside the acute care setting. The roles of the LPN in leadership, end-of-life issues, and community-based care are explored.
  5. Integrated Medical-Surgical Nursing (132 hrs.) provides the student the opportunity to provide comprehensive nursing care in an acute setting, including intraoperative, post-operative, interventional and emergency nursing, emergency preparedness and bioterrorism.

A final grade of a “77” (C) or better must be earned in each course to progress to the next course during Practical Nursing II.

Classroom work will relate closely to the student’s selected learning experience in Practical Nursing II.

To officially withdraw from the program, a student must state his intent in writing to the program coordinator.

Applicants seeking to transfer into the program will be considered on an individual basis. They must meet the admission requirements and must complete a minimum of 2/3 of Practical Nursing II.

This program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the Virginia Department of Education. It also is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The NLNAC address is 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000.

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