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LPN to RN Transition Course

This course is for LPNs matriculating into the program under advanced standing status. This course is designed to validate and build on the student’s prior learning related to the content taught in the first two semesters of the ADN program, preparing the student for entry into the third semester of the AD nursing program. This course also focuses on the differences between the RN and LPN scope of practice.

Morton College Increases Nursing Enrollment

Spring 120 Students
Summer LPN 24 Students
Fall 120 Students
Fall Part Time 48 Students

Course Learning Outcomes and Competencies

1. Apply patient data and nursing theory to provide safe, quality, compassionate, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care for patients across the lifespan.

  • Conduct a head-to-toe and focused physical, behavioral, psychological, and spiritual assessment of health and illness parameters, using developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches for patients across the lifespan.
  • Identify patient needs based on assessment findings and other relevant information.
  • Apply patient information to plan individualized care identifying evidence-based nursing care for patients across the lifespan to promote, restore, and/or maintain optimal outcomes.
  • Deliver selected aspects of patient-centered care including addressing a therapeutic relationship for patients across the lifespan.
  • Apply factors that promote a culture of safety and caring when planning care for patients across the lifespan.
  • Contribute to a teaching plan that reflects the patient's developmental stage, age, culture, religion, spirituality, patient preferences, and health literacy considerations for patients across the lifespan.
  • Deliver care within expected timeframe for patients across the lifespan.
  • Collect data to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of nursing care then use that data to revise the plan of care.
  • Communicate effectively when providing patient-centered transitions of care and hand-off communications.
  • Demonstrate safe performance in a compassionate manner of basic psychomotor skills for patients across the lifespan.
  • Accurately document all aspects of patient care.

2. Demonstrate clinical judgment to make patient-centered care decisions for patients across the lifespan.

  • Begin to apply clinical judgment to ensure accurate and safe nursing care, including addressing anticipated changes in the patient's condition.
  • Anticipate common risks for the reproducing family, and predict and manage potential complications.
  • Determine the best method for prioritizing patient care for patients across the lifespan.
  • Determine how to delegate care for patients across the lifespan.

3. Relate quality improvement processes to improve patient care outcomes for patients across the lifespan.

  • Apply quality improvement processes used to effectively implement patient safety initiatives and monitor performance measures, including nursing-sensitive indicators.
  • Seek information about the clinical microsystem that can impact the nurse’s ability to provide safe, quality care.
  • Implement National Patient Safety Goals when planning care for patients across the lifespan.

4. Contribute to teamwork and collaboration with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons when caring for patients across the lifespan.

  • Begin to engage in communication with members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support system when making decisions and planning care for patients across the lifespan.
  • Determine appropriate interprofessional healthcare professionals with whom to collaborate when developing a plan of care for patiequality, safe care.
  • Describe the use of conflict resolution principles as needed on the patient care unit.

5. Apply knowledge of information management systems and patient care technology used to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support clinical judgment when caring for patients across the lifespan.

  • Differentiate among various patient care technologies, information systems/technologies, and communication devices to support safe nursing practice.
  • Apply concepts related to information technology and information systems to improve patient outcomes and create a safe care environment.

6. Apply concepts of leadership, management, legal, and ethical principles to guide practice as a Registered Nurse when caring for patients across the lifespan.

  • Apply legal and ethical frameworks of Registered Nursing practice when caring for patients across the lifespan.
  • Apply the ANA Standards of Practice when caring for patients across the lifespan.
  • Apply principles of accountability for nursing care given by self and/or delegated to others.
  • Explain how leadership and management skills are used when working with other healthcare team members.
  • Provide examples of self as a patient advocate when caring for patients across the lifespan.
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