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    1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care, in a variety of healthcare settings, to diverse patients across the life span.
    2. Employ the nursing process, using critical thinking and clinical reasoning, to manage patient care and within a culture of caring.
    3. Participate in collaborative relationships with members of the inter-professional team, the patient and the patient's support persons.
    4. Implement fiscally responsible quality and regulatory measures to improve patient care.
    5. Use information technology and patient care technology to assess, communicate, educate, mitigate error and support decision-making.
    6. Assimilate professional, legal and ethical guidelines in practice as a professional nurse.

    Nursing Licensure

    Licensure is the process by which boards of nursing grant permission to an individual to engage in nursing practice after determining that the applicant has attained the competency necessary to perform a unique scope of practice. 

    Licensure is necessary when the regulated activities are complex and require specialized knowledge and skill and independent decision making. 

    The licensure process determines if the applicant has the necessary skills to safely perform a specified scope of practice by predetermining the criteria needed and evaluating licensure applicants to determine if they meet the criteria.

    Components of Nursing Licensure

    • Verification of graduation or eligibility for graduation from an approved prelicensure RN nursing education program
    • Verification of successful completion of NCLEX-RN examination
    • In some states, criminal background check

    The responsibilities of a licensed nurse include knowledge of, and adherence to, the laws and rules which govern nursing as outlined in the nurse practice act and regulations. Review the nursing law and rules by locating your state nurse practice act and regulations.

    Morton College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates 

              2015       83% (National mean for ADN graduates: 82%)
              2014       78% (National mean for ADN graduates: 79%)
              2013       92% (National mean for ADN graduates: 81%)
              2012       88% (National mean for ADN graduates: 89%)

    For more information on the NCLEX-RN examination, visit the NCSBN website.

    Accreditation Information

    2017 ACEN Self Study Report and Appendices
    2017 Nursing Program Systematic Plan for Evaluation