Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) Orientation

Welcome to nursing, and congratulations on choosing nursing as a profession!

Introductions
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Dee Austin, RN, MSN Cheryl Kollath, RN, MSN

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program

The program functions under the guidelines of the Wisconsin Board of Nursing, is accredited by the NLNAC, and complies with all requirements established for nursing within the state.

students are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students will receive theoretical and practical education to function as a registered nurse.ADN Program Overview  The program is designed for completion in four semesters.  . Upon completion of the first two semesters of the program.

Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in beginning level registered nursing positions. students are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).  .ADN Program Overview  Upon completion of the ADN program.

ADN Program  Upon completion of this program. as do many private colleges . graduates are eligible to go on to a BSN completion program  UW-Green Bay offers this program.

Job Opportunities        Nursing Home/Extended Care Facility Clinic Hospital Insurance Company Home Health Short Stay Surgery Military .

Job Opportunities     School Work Site Correctional System Public Health …and the list goes on… .

Potential Contraindications to a Nursing Career  Back problems   Difficult to get hired with a pre-existing condition Lifting and bending are functional requirements (We will address later) Potential occupational exposure could be life-threatening  Latex allergies  .

First Semester (19 credits)        Nursing Fundamentals Nursing Skills Nursing Pharmacology Nursing: Intro to Clinical Practice Written Communication General Anatomy & Physiology Developmental Psychology .

Second Semester       (17 Credits) Nursing Health Alterations Nursing Health Promotion Nursing Clinical Care Across the Lifespan Nursing: Intro to Clinical Care Management Oral/Interpersonal Communication Advanced Anatomy & Physiology .

Third Semester        (19 Credits) Nursing Complex Health Alterations I Nursing: Mental Health & Community Concepts Nursing: Intermediate Clinical Practice Nursing Advanced Skills Microbiology Intro to Psychology Elective .

Fourth Semester       (15 credits) Nursing Complex Health Alterations II Nursing Management & Professional Concepts Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing: Clinical Transition Intro to Sociology Elective .

If the exam is taken outside of class. .Grading Policy   A “C” is the minimum for passing in all nursing courses. All exams will be taken on the day scheduled. 5% will be deducted from the score. If the student misses taking a test at the scheduled time. the instructor must be contacted and the test must be taken on the day of return to class. regardless of circumstances. which is an 80% or above.

nursing tutors or academic coach  .Math Almost every nursing course contains a math competency.  Review the handout to determine your math readiness  Seek help from math lab.

htm  .nwtc.Additional Assistance For additional help. inquire about    Study Skills Critical Thinking Test Taking Strategies http://www.edu/Searchorig/Prospective_Students.

Don’t schedule vacations or weddings during the academic year. with outside prep time necessary for all classes  EXPECT to have school as a priority It is expected.  Attendance   .Expectations of ADN Program Students  Responsibility for learning is the student’s. Absences negatively impact student success.

and clinical agencies For every hour spent in class per week.18 hrs of study time) Limit working during the academic year to NO MORE THAN 16 hours per week   .: 6 hrs in class = 12 . expect 2 – 3 hours of study per week (i.Expectations of ADN Program Students  Compliance with all policies of school.e. program.

Be prepared for potential child care needs Adjust work schedules accordingly  Dress – Uniform as outlined in ADN Handbook . and end as late as 11 p.Clinical Information  Day or Evening Clinical    May start as early as 6 a.m.m.

renewed every 2 years Physical Exam Caregiver Background Check – needs to be done every 4 years TB Test – needs to be done annually .Requirements to Attend Clinical  Prior to clinical. must have:     CPR – needs to be the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.

Requirements to Attend Clinical  Completion of Nursing Assistant course   Expected to be competent in CNA skills Skills review courses available (8 hours)  Prior health care experience not required .

Clinical  Functional Ability (ability to perform necessary tasks) – will be reviewed and signed Confidentiality Agreement – will be signed for each clinical Evaluation – will be ongoing   .

  .Clinical Evaluation  Evaluation is based on course objectives Students are expected to perform the tasks to which they are assigned with professionalism. Students are expected to show continual progress in skill and proficiency in performing their patient care. accuracy and safety at the Registered Nurse (RN) level.

Behaviors will be evaluated and documented in order to indicate areas of strengths as well as areas needing improvement. by self and instructor.Clinical Evaluation  Evaluation will be on a weekly basis and at the end of each clinical rotation.  .

Clinical Attendance  Attendance and punctuality are expectations Promptness and regular attendance are considered mandatory in order to assure:  Satisfactory student progress  Accurate evaluation by faculty  Safe performance in the clinical arena  .

Clinical Expectations  Notification of the instructor/clinical site 1 hour prior to any absence from clinical. .   Patterns of absence will be referred to the counselor. Student is responsible for completing course objectives – a significant alternate assignment will be given for clinical absences.

Program Costs     Tuition/Testing/Course Packets Fees related to lab courses for supplies Extra fees for physical exam and other requirements Fees for NCLEX exams and licensure .

Financial Aid/Scholarships  Look for any available money – the less you worry about finances. the more successful you will be in your course work .

Grade point average of 2. Complete all course requirements and obtain passing grades in all required courses.Graduation Requirements     Complete Petition to Graduate and pay graduation fees. Fulfill all financial obligations to NWTC. . with a minimum of “C” in nursing courses.0 or better.

Questions? Call 920-498-5543 . which will be given to you at the start of your program.For more information:   Refer to your NWTC Associate Degree Nursing Program Student Handbook.

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