Program Information

Career Description

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and the demand for trained professional nurses to work in the field has never been greater. Nursing offers a wide range of career opportunities working with various populations from neonatal care to gerontology. Nurses work in a wide variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, private practices, and even cruise ships. During nursing school students have opportunities to experience specialized areas, such as pediatrics, maternity, intensive care, surgical or emergency nursing. Nurses play a vital role in providing direct patient care. Basic nursing duties and skills include assessing and monitoring patients, administering medication per orders, placing IVs and catheters, performing intubations, assisting patients with personal care, providing patient education, and much more. Registered nurses (RNs) are professionals who have completed a nursing program of either two or four years, including practical experience, and who have successfully passed the professional National Council on Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Nursing is a high demand career with good employment opportunities and job stability. Many hospitals and other healthcare entities may offer new graduates incentives, such as sign-on bonuses, shift differentials, or tuition reimbursement.

For a more complete description of careers in nursing, refer to the website for the American Nurses Association.Will open new browser window or tab

Program Philosophy

The BPCC Nursing Program subscribes to the overall mission and philosophy of Bossier Parish Community College. In addition, the BPCC Department of Nursing adheres to the following beliefs:

Nursing is both an art and a science. As a primary advocate, the nurse demonstrates caring and compassion while providing culturally-competent patient-centered care as a full partner with the patient or patient’s designee. Patient-centered care requires respect for patient preferences, values, and needs to promote dignity, integrity, and self-determination. The science of nursing is the basis for evidence-based nursing judgment when making timely and appropriate clinical decisions to provide safe, quality care to promote the health of patients across the lifespan in family and community contexts. In collaboration with nursing and health care teams, nurses focus on patient, staff, and system safety to improve health care delivery (quality improvement), utilizing informatics and technology support.

The nurse demonstrates professional identity, integrity, accountability, and excellence, while adhering to legal standards and ethical practices. He or she is committed to life-long learning, development and utilization of nursing knowledge, and advancement of the nursing profession.

Learning requires shared knowledge and shared responsibility and is best facilitated by faculty and student collaboration in order to achieve integration of course ideas and content across the curriculum. Collaborative learning supports the premise that participants can learn from experiences of others without having to have the same experience. We recognize that there is diversity in learning styles and needs. Learning results in changes in behavior, attitudes, feelings and/or thought patterns.

The associate degree nurse (ADN) is a beginning generalist prepared for initial practice. The ADN is caring, sympathetic, and responsible with the emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses. This nurse usually begins as a staff nurse in a hospital and is involved in promotion of health and prevention of illness of individuals of all ages, families and communities. The scope of educational preparation and practice enables the generalist nurse to have the capacity and authority to competently practice primary, secondary and tertiary health care in all settings and branches of nursing. With experience and good performance the ADN often moves to other settings or is promoted to positions of more responsibility. Continuing education is a distinct reality for this nurse as is advancement on the career ladder evidenced by the high number of ADNs returning to school to pursue higher nursing degrees

Student responsibilities include displaying a willingness to learn and accountability for his/her education. Students will learn to perform skills in various situations that require cognitive, psychomotor and affective abilities. The BPCC student nurse is an integral member of the health care team with the ability to participate on interdisciplinary teams to promote positive outcomes. Students will be taught how to provide culturally sensitive care with emphasis on individuals throughout the life span who have acute or chronic health needs. Students will also learn to use communication skills and information technology to practice within an ethical and legal framework with a commitment to the value of caring.

References

Admission to the Program

Students may apply to the clinical component of the Nursing Program through either the Traditional RN or the LPN to RN Transition Track.

Detailed information regarding the Nursing Program’s selection policy, application process, and Louisiana Board of Nursing requirements are in the General Catalog.

Special Requirements

Students selected for the clinical component of the Nursing Program must be available for daytime, evening, and occasional weekend classes.

Students selected for the Nursing clinical must adhere to the nursing clinical requirements related to additional tests, immunizations, documentation, submission and policies/procedures of the division/program.

Students selected for nursing clinical pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition each clinical semester.

In order for a graduating nursing student to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) Exam as soon as possible after graduation, the student must pay the National Council of State Boards of Nursing an exam fee and a Louisiana State Board of Nursing a licensure fee one to two months before graduation.

ASN Program Data

Program Completion Rates

Cohort by graduation date  12/2014 5/2015 12/2015 5/2016 12/2016 5/2017 12/2017
Traditional track 82.50% 59% 67% 45% 90% 50% 100%
LPN to RN track  80% N/A 90% N/A 100% N/A 70%
Combined  86% 59% 72.5% 45% 95% 50% 85%

Job Placement Rates

Cohort by graduation date  12/2014 5/2015 12/2015 5/2016 12/2016
Traditional track 83% 100% 100% 83% 97%
LPN to RN track  88% N/A  100% N/A 86%
Combined  84% 100% 100% 83% 94%

ASN Program Graduates' Success on the Licensure (NCLEX) Examination*

Graduate performance on the NCLEX exam is obtained from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing web site.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Cohort by graduation date  12/2014 5/2015 12/2015 5/2016 12/2016
Traditional track  93% 86% 88% 88% 94%
LPN to RN track 88% N/A 100% N/A 100%
Combined  92% 91% 89%  97%
National pass rate* 79% 82% 82%

* based on National Council of State Board of Nursing web site