This course prepares the licensed practical nurse to perform as a registered nurse by expanding the LPN knowledge base and exploring the scope of practice of the RN. The course begins with a review of nursing process, communication, client teaching, and critical thinking and introduces higher levels of cognition including clinical reasoning and clinical judgment. Also addressed is the philosophy of associate degree nursing, outcomes of the LPN to RN completion program, and the scope and standards of practice for the professional RN. Critical concepts upon which the curriculum is based are discussed and include patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, informatics, evidence-based practice, safety, quality improvement, leadership and professionalism. In addition, the results of entrance testing provide a blueprint for the LPN student to use for content review and remediation.
- Instructor: Mabel Morton