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National Nurses Week: What Do LPNs & RNs Need In Addition to a Degree?

by Tim Brunicardi on May 12, 2018

When anyone makes the decision to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN), there are specific skills they need to be taught. However, there are some essential qualities all LPNs and RNs need that simply can’t be acquired in a classroom.

What Are Those Qualities LPNs and RNs Need?

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Below are some of the essential traits anyone planning to go into either of those professions needs:

  • Demonstrate positivity in any situation
  • Be a team player
  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Keep emotions in check
  • Flexibility at the work place
  • Excellent decision-making skills
  • Endless supplies of compassion
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Critical thinking/reasoning skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Objectivity

What Other Requirements Do LPNs and RNs Need to Meet?

Those who are contemplating pursuing a PN certificate or a RN degree at Hocking College should be prepared to pass a criminal background check and meet the following physical, academic, and cognitive requirements:

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a drug test
  • Good health
  • Good mobility
  • Physical strength
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Good hand-eye coordination

Academic Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good computer skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Good writing skills

Cognitive Requirements:

  • Ability to collect, recall, and analyze information
  • Ability to calculate, measure, and reason data
  • Ability to relay information clearly, precisely, and effectively

What Are Some Reasons To Get Your PN & RN at Hocking College?

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Hocking College offers a three clinical/theory semester program which results in a diploma in Practical Nursing. The courses students need to take include:

  • Fundamentals
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Medical surgical nursing

Some additional classes will focus on:

  • Basic psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology

Students will also receive hands-on experience in the nursing skills lab before having patient/client contact in extended care, assisted living facilities, or hospitals.

In addition, obtaining a diploma in Practical Nursing at Hocking prepares graduates for licensure and practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Hocking College Level PN graduates who meet specified academic and clinical requirements may elect to apply to the PN2RN track to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Registered Nursing

By making the decision to pursue a RN degree at Hocking College, students will become part of a program that has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

In addition to getting hands-on, real-world, and clinical experience, students who make a commitment to get an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Hocking will graduate fully qualified to take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN) in Ohio.

Additional Benefits of the Programs

The following list represents some of the additional advantages of enrolling in Hocking College’s PN or RN programs:

  • Smaller class sizes will give students more one-on-one time with their instructors.
  • Clinical experience by working in local hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health care agencies, schools, clinics, and camps all located within a 75-mile radius of the college.
  • Students will shape their own individualized academic success plans.
  • Hocking offers a payment plan option to help students pay for their education in manageable installments.
  • Students pursuing a PN certificate can receive their diploma in Nursing-Practical Nursing in only 3 semesters.
  • Students pursing a RN degree can receive their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in only 5 semesters.

This blog is part of a series in celebration of National Nurses Week which is held from May 6-12 every year.

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