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Upon completion of the program, the graduate, based on preparation, knowledge skills, understanding and as a member of the health team functioning under the supervision of a licensed professional nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist, shall consistently use sound nursing judgment to:
Full-time classes are admitted in January and August of each year and a Part-Time Class admitted every two years.»top
Qualified applicants may be permitted to challenge Level and/or Level II for the purpose of advanced placement. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis.»top
Length of Program: 12 months, 1560 hours, including vacation/holidays
This course includes a theoretical approach to the history of nursing, legal and ethical aspects in practical nursing and the health care delivery system with emphasis on the role of the practical nurse. The nursing process is introduced and utilized to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. The nursing process is also utilized to write nursing care plans. The teaching of basic health practices to patients and families is also introduced in this course. Basic nursing skills are taught in theory, practiced in the laboratory and implemented into the nursing of patients with medical conditions and in an extended care facility.
This course is designed to introduce the concept of human needs, as well as, patient behaviors and nurse-patient interactions. The theories of personality development are explored. The course also includes the communication process and selected information regarding the aging process and death and dying. The spiritual aspect is discussed and the nurse’s role in assessment of spiritual needs and care is defined. This course also presents an introduction to Mental Health. Universal concepts of normal human behavior provide a basis for understanding mental health, as well as, alterations of mental health.
This course introduces basic principles of chemistry and physics. In the first unit the course also introduces the basic concepts of the structure and function of the body. It serves as a pre-requisite for certain fundamental concepts offered in Level I. The systems covered are integumentary, digestive, cardiovascular, excretory and respiratory. In addition, the course offers an introduction to micro-organisms, kinds, growth and destruction, infection and control. This unit is designed to increase student awareness of micro-organism and their part in the maintenance of health.
The course provides an introduction to the principles of nutrition as well as nutrition in health promotion and clinical nursing practice.»top
This course is a continuation of Biological Science I. The presentation of the remaining systems; nervous, sensory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, immunology, reproduction, plus the basics of acid/base balance are designed to enhance the students’ learning of Medical-Surgical Nursing courses offered in this level.
This course presents the application of the nursing process to medical and surgical nursing. The course includes theory and experience in giving safe and effective care to adult patients with a variety of medical and surgical disorders. Included is an independent learning program of mathematics required in medication calculations.
This course of study deals with the practical nurse's responsibility, the legal implications and quality assurance in the administration of medications, allergy preparations, intravenous fluids, as well as the calculations of dosages using the nursing process. The course includes the administration of medications to selected clients in the clinical setting under close supervision. Client instruction of medication actions and side effects is emphasized.»top
This course provides a background in pharmacodynamics of common medications according to body systems. Additional experience in the administration of medications is included.
This course presents the application of the nursing process to medical surgical nursing. The course includes the theory necessary to provide safe and effective care to adult patients with a variety of medical and surgical disorders. The student will utilize the nursing process to assist the patient meet biopsychosocial needs. Health maintenance of adult patients is included. This course also includes the nursing care of patients with disorders of the reproductive, endocrine, sensory, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems, as well as, allergic conditions. Preventive as well as restorative care is emphasized.
This course presents the application of the nursing process to maternal child nursing. The course presents normal neonatal development and the normal processes of pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. The needs of the expectant and new mother are discussed, covering both physical and emotional aspects. With the normal processes there is introduction of selected disorders with treatment and nursing care. This course presents the application of the nursing process to maternal child nursing. This course includes a study of the ante partum period, labor, delivery and the post-partum. Problems of both mother and child will be considered. Family planning is presented. Also included is a study of common medical and surgical disorders of children and adolescents. The problems of death and dying, rape, suicide and teenage pregnancy are discussed. The nursing process is used to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care adapted to the maternal, child or adolescent child. Experience is provided in the care of the patient with obstetrical complications, newborns, or hospitalized children and adolescents. Fetal development is studied, including factors influencing this process. The course also covers nursing care of the newborn, including newborn characteristics.»top
This course provides a theoretical basis and clinical experiences with clients having a variety of medical-surgical nursing concerns of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system. Health maintenance for adult clients is included. The unit on cancer prepares the students to provide palliative care and increases their knowledge of hospice and other treatment modalities.
This course is designed to prepare the student for practice following graduation. Content includes: leadership, licensure, transition to practice, the nurses’ role in disaster situations, and current issues and trends in healthcare to prepare the graduate for his or her role in nursing. Included in this course, is preparation/ review for the upcoming NCLEX-PN exam.»top
A normal physical exam must be submitted prior to entering the program with a TB skin test, immunization record or titers. A drug screen is also required.»top
The program is approved for Higher Education Loans and PELL Grants. Students may qualify for financial aid. For information, please contact CPI’s financial aid office at 814.359.2793 (262).»top
Students assume complete responsibility for housing and transportation»top
A diploma is presented after satisfactory completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to apply for the state licensing examination.
Employment includes areas of private duty, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' and dentists' offices, industries, public health agencies and military service.
The PA law requires that each applicant furnish proof that he/she if of good moral character. By law, the State Board of Nursing cannot issue a license to a person convicted of a felony under the Controlled Substances, Device and Cosmetic Act unless ten (10) years have passed since date of conviction or other Board qualifications are met. As of July 1, 1998 any person who is convicted of a felony or two or more misdemeanors may not be employed in a home health care agency, home health organization which provides care to a care-dependent individual in the individuals place of residence, long-term nursing facility, older adult living center or person care home. (PA Code, Chapter 21)
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