This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three 450 hour instructional blocks to equal the state mandated 1350 hours for the Practical Nursing Program. This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Education for Nursing.
Program Rules and Guidelines:
All students are expected to have read and to adhere to the policies pertaining to the following, as outlined in Broward County Practical Student Nursing Handbook 2016-2017.
attain a minimum score of 850. HESI assessments are an indicator of how well the students will
perform on State Board NCLEX exam at the end of Practical Nursing Program. These exams provide students with feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in content specific areas where remediation may be necessary.
The faculty is committed to helping students achieve their goals and graduate from the program within the given timeframe. Group tutoring as well as individual sessions will be available as posted by your instructor. Please make the time to attend.
To accomplish the objectives of this block:
Read assigned textbooks and references before lectures
Linton, Adrianne D. (2016) 6th Edition Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing. Clayton, Bruce; Willihganz, Michelle
17th Edition Basic Pharmacology for Nurses Silvestri, Linda Anne (2016) 6th edition.
Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-PN Examination.
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (21 st Edition) Philadelphia, Pa. F.A. Davis Deglin, Judith H. & Vallerand, April H & Sanoski, Cynthia A. (2015) Davis Drug for Nurses (14th Edition). Philadelphia, Pa. F.A. Davis Company.
Watch with a second hand
Index cards (drugs)
Computer Headset for HESI end-of-block exam.
All required books & most materials/supplies can be purchased from the school bookstore. Stop by during operational hours for pricing & purchasing information.
Theory: Unit tests- Passing grade for all courses is 70%.
(Refer to PN Handbook for grading/rounding policy).
Clinical: Satisfactory performance of clinical competencies. (Refer to PN handbook).
HESI Forgiveness Policy:
Should a student fail one component of a course, the student may remain in the course until either the student fails another component and is withdrawn or has passed all other components and meets HESI Forgiveness Policy requirements. To utilize the Grade Forgiveness Policy, the student must attain a minimum HESI score of 850. The conversion score will replace the lowest test grade in the failing component and must bring the combined component average to a minimum of 70%. The student will then be eligible to progress to the next block. If the component grade average is less than 70% the student fails the course and is withdrawn.
This forgiveness policy is only applicable for Medical Surgical Nursing in PRN0092 and Obstetrical OR Pediatric Nursing in PRN0096. There is no forgiveness policy for Basic Health Care Worker (HSC003), Nurse Aide Orderly (HCP0121), and Practical Nursing 1 of 3 (PRN0091). There is no HESI exam for Pharmacology/Mental Health/Graduate Transition.
View Your Grades:
Grades can be viewed online by following the directions below:
1. Go to https://browardfocus.com (access FOCUS using Chrome, Firefox or Safari)
2. Student ID which is on your student schedule.
3. Passcode: Student’s date of birth formatted as YYYYMMDD.
Four digits for the year, two digits for the month and two digits for the day.
Class Room/ Lab Rules: Refer to PN Handbook and Desire2learn for instructor specific rules and procedures.
Uniform Dress Code: Refer to PN Handbook for dress code policy.
ARTICULATION WITH BROWARD COLLEGE Licensed Practical Nurses are eligible to apply for admission to the LPN/RN Transition Program at Broward College (BC). For further information, contact BC.
PINNING CEREMONY Nursing graduates may participate in a pinning/candle lighting ceremony at each facility. Only graduating students may purchase a school nursing pin upon successful completion of the program. Students are responsible for purchasing their graduation pins and attire.
Industry Credentials: Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, the graduate will be eligible to take the NCLEX which will enable them to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Outstanding Student Recognition Information:
A gold seal will be applied to a Program Completion Certificate or an Applied Technology Diploma if the student has earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in their Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.
Hours:(Theory & Lab)
Course Number: PRN0096
Occupational Completion Point: C
Practical Nurse 3 – 450 Hours – SOC Code 29-2061
Intended Outcome (From FL DOE Curriculum Framework)
Provide care for maternal/newborn patients, utilizing nursing principles–The student will be able to:
Describe prenatal care.
Assist with admitting patient to labor and delivery.
Monitor fetal heart rate.
Recognize signs of fetal distress.
Assist with preparing patient for Caesarean.
Describe care during delivery process.
Describe Apgar score.
Suction infant's respiratory passage with bulb syringe.
Identify infant using mother's bracelet.
Weigh and measure infant.
Collect urine specimen from infant.
Provide post- partum care.
Demonstrate and perform perineal care.
Assist in breast care.
Assist mother with infant care.
Assist with infant circumcision.
Apply dressing to circumcision site.
Clean infant genitalia and diaper.
Discharge obstetric patient.
Provide care for pediatric patients, utilizing nursing principles–The student will be able to:
Adapt nursing care for the pediatric patient.
Apply safety principles for the pediatric patient.
Describe general characteristics, particular needs, and problems of pediatric patients.
Prepare patient and family for the hospital experience.
Identify signs and symptoms of common disorders/diseases.
Implement prescribed nutritional requirement.
Provide diversion and recreational activities.
Provide bio-psycho-social support--The student will be able to:
Respond to emotional needs of patient and family.
Discuss Coping Mechanisms as seen in the performance of healthcare