Professor Lisa O'Donnell MS, RN
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The practice of nursing in New York State as a licensed practical nurse is
defined as performing tasks and responsibilities within the framework of case finding,
health teaching, health counseling, and provision of supportive and
The nursing tasks of LPNs include, but are not limited to the following:
In New York State an LPN works under the direction of a registered
professional nurse or licensed physician, dentist or other licensed health care
provider legally authorized under this title and in accordance with the
Commissioner of Education regulations.
LPN's provide hands-on healthcare in settings such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, homes and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Practical nurses work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses as members of the health care team. The nursing field is well suited to caring, responsible people who enjoy helping others, possess good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented atmosphere.
Nursing is multi-level, competency-based profession. Competencies range from those at a beginning level where essential knowledge is addressed to an advanced level where knowledge is more in-depth and wide ranges of nursing actions are performed. The differences between LPN and RN are many, but can be summarized as follows:
Only you can decide Practical Nursing is for you. However, persons interested
in the practical nursing should posses the following characteristics/skills:
In May 2007, nationally, the median annual earnings of licensed practical
nurses were $38,940. The lower 10-25% percent earned $ 27,370 to 32,310.
Those upper 25% percent earned $45,300, and the highest 10 percent earned
more than $52,160. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the
largest numbers of licensed practical nurses in May 2007 were:
Employment of LPNs is expected to grow about as fast as average through
2014 in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and
the general growth of health care services. Replacement needs will be a major source
of job openings, as many workers leave the occupation permanently. Applicants for
jobs in hospitals may face competition as the number of hospital jobs for LPNs
declines; however, rapid employment growth is projected in other health care
industries, with the best job opportunities occurring in nursing care facilities and in
home health care services. In 2007, there were approximately 47,120 Licensed
Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses employed in NYS. It is estimated that in
2016 there will be 54,830 employed in NYS.
Yes. Students must achieve the “Basic level”(41.3-58%), on the TEAS V
exam. (Test of Academic Skills V)
The program was approved July 2004 by the New York State Education
Department (NYSED). Approval by NYSED is the mandated requirement in
order for graduates of the program to be eligible to sit for National Council
Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
At present the Practical Nurse Certificate Program is a fulltime program.
There is no part-time schedule. All courses must be taken in sequence to
complete the program within the scheduled 10 month period. Hours are
scheduled as space is available (classroom, laboratories and clinical facilities),
so the student may be scheduled for daytime and evening hours throughout the
semesters. Future plans may include offering the program completely in the
evening and on weekends at some later date.
Supervised clinical experiences are held at various long-term and acute care
heath care facilities located in any of the NYC boroughs and Nassau County.
Presently we are utilizing Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
The cost of the program is based on the current LaGuardia College tuition,
which is one of the lowest college tuition in New York City. Contact the
Admissions Office or the college website at www.lagcc.cuny.edu for current
tuitions costs. Prospective students should meet with the Office of Student
Financial Services to discuss financial needs when filing an Admission
application to LaGuardia Community College.
The Department of Education has approved the Practical Nursing Certificate
program for financial aid, therefore student enrolled in the Practical Nursing
program are eligible to apply for financial aid. In view of the many hours that
are required to be successful in an academic undertaking such as practical
nursing, outside employment especial during the clinical phase of the program
is discourage. Students should make every effort to seek financial aid as
needed. The Financial Aid Office is located in C107.
A minimum of “C” in each Nursing theory course subject and a satisfactory
evaluation for clinical and laboratory performance must be maintained. Student
progress will be evaluated periodically by the faculty.
Students not maintaining “C“ or receiving unsatisfactory clinical
performance will be counseled and placed on warning or probation. Grading
policies for each course are included in course syllabi. Student earning “C-”
or below in any required Practical Nursing coursework will not be allowed to
progress in the program without raising the grade to the acceptable satisfactory
The following grading system is in effect for the clinical component:
93 – 100 = A 80 – 82.4 = B-
90 – 92.4 = A- 77 – 79.4 = C+
87 – 89.4 = B+ 73 – 76.4 = C
83 – 86. = B 0 – 72.4 = F
All practical nursing students are required to purchase malpractice insurance.
Applications for this insurance will be distributed prior to the start of the first
clinical practical nursing course. A valid insurance policy is essential prior to
the first clinical day and must be kept current throughout all clinical courses.
Students must also complete a physical examination and provide documentation
with appropriate immunizations to the program office.
Students must inform
their clinical instructor of any change in health status (i.e. pregnancy, physical
injury, or medical conditions that impairs physical function before accepting a
clinical assignment) Practical Nursing students are legally responsible for their
actions during clinical experiences. (Elaboration included in the PN Student
Handbook for each clinical course)
Aside from the malpractice insurance previously mentioned, students should be
aware of the following expenses:
The required courses include both Pre-clinical and clinical courses.
See curriculum outline .
LPN Program Student Handbook
LPN Pre-Clinical Informational Booklet