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Nursing (AS degree)


 
 
A Career in Nursing

 

Nurses are invaluable members of any health care team. As mediators between doctors and patients, nurses are often the ones who help patients better understand their health and treatment options, in addition to providing emotional support during distressing times.

About the Associate Degree in Nursing Program

The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing is designed to prepare an individual for a career as a registered nurse. The program's mission is to prepare competent, compassionate, and culturally sensitive entry-level nursing graduates whose professional practice encompasses legal and ethical decision-making in the promotion of health in the community.

The student who meets all educational and institutional requirements for an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from Broward College is eligible to have their name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The Florida Board of Nursing is the state agency authorized to determine if the applicant qualifies to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse. For licensure requirements, refer to sections 464.008 and 464.009, Florida Statutes (F.S.), Rules 64B9-3.002 and 3.008, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Broward College Nursing Program NCLEX scores for 2013 are 93.92% pass rate.
Classroom Experience
The Nursing Program offers two full-time program options: the Generic Option and the LPN-RN Transition Option.

Both program options are offered in the traditional classroom setting and as a blended online setting. The blended online learning setting for nursing is a hybrid method of delivery for courses and requires on campus meetings for orientations, labs, instruction and proctored exams.
 
 The learning environment in our Nursing Program will teach you to:
  •  Administer medication
  • Check patients’ vital signs
  • Make physical assessments
  •  Prepare proper documentation
  •  Render patient care safely and competently
  • Meet patient needs in the daily activities of living
 
Hands-on training occurs in skills lab prior to clinical hospital experiences. Use of high fidelity and task mannequins are utilized in the skill training. Theory content complements the clinical application of skills.
Career Path
The Broward College Nursing Program graduates approximately 250 to 300 students annually. 

Job Outlook:
Job prospects for registered nurses are projected to increase by 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.  Estimated median annual wages for Registered Nurses were $66,650 in 2010.

 

 
Graduates who meet all educational and institutional requirements are awarded an  Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Broward College and are eligible to have their name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing for consideration as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Our graduates have consistently exceeded the national and state average pass rate on the RN Licensing exam.
 
Nursing graduates of Broward College who successfully obtain a Registered Nurse License generally seek employment in the healthcare community within:
  • Medical offices
  • Surgical hospitals
  • General medical hospitals 
  • Home health care services
Find local nursing jobs.
 
If you wish to continue your education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, you can do so affordably at Broward College with the RN-BSN program.
 
Is This Program Right for Me?
Nursing students are expected to adhere to performance standards. In order to succeed in this program and in a professional health care setting, you should:
  • Be an ethical individual
  • Have critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate strength/stamina capability
  • Show responsible behavioral and social standards
  • Possess excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Have full sensorimotor capabilities (auditory, visual, tactile)

Registered nurses typically perform the following:

  • Give patients medicines and treatments
  • Delegate and manage health care teams
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Help perform diagonostic tests and analyze results
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Set up plans for patient's care or contribute to existing plans
  • Records patients medical histories, patient care and symptoms.
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
  • Discharge planning and explaining what to do at home after a treatment
  • Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations and develop nursing care plans

 

Performance Standards 
Below are the Performance Standards for the Department of Nursing.  In order to insure the safety of both you and your patients, you must be able to meet these Performance Standards to enter and remain in the program.  Students whose physical examination indicates they may not be able to meet the standards may be required to obtain further documentation from a physician in order to enroll/remain in the program.  If the Performance Standards cannot be met with reasonable accommodations, you may not continue in the program.
 
Job Description
Nursing is a practice discipline requiring cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements.  The registered nurse is responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of clients in a variety of health care settings.
 
Position Requirements
  1. Education
    1. Graduate of a nursing program with a diploma in nursing, Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (AS), or Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN).
    2. State licensure upon passing the national NCLEX examination.
  2. Physical Requirements
    1. Technical/motor skills
      • The student must possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care including the ability to assist with positioning of clients, standing and walking for extended periods of time, and physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in client rooms, work and treatment areas.
      • The motor skills of stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, handling, and fingering may all be required in providing safe, effective nursing care.
      • Medium work is defined as lifting 50 pound maximum with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.  The student must possess fine motor fingering abilities sufficient to calibrate and use equipment.
  3. Sensory
      • Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health care needs including but not limited to hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, and verbal communication.
      • Visual ability sufficient for assessing and observing the client and environment including near and far acuity, depth perception, visual fields, and color vision.  
      •  Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment such as temperature, texture, size and shape.  The ability to perform therapeutic interventions with equipment.
  4. Mental
    1. Communication
      • The student must possess sufficient communication skills to interact effectively with others in verbal and written form.
      • The students must be able to explain treatment procedures, provide health teaching, assess and plan nursing care.
    2. Interpersonal Relationships
      •  The student must possess sufficient IPR to establish rapport with clients, families, and colleagues from a variety of social, economic, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
      • The student must respect client/family confidentiality.
    3. Critical Thinking
      • The student must be able to identify cause-effect relationship in order to make judgments and set priorities in clinical situations.
  5. Exposure to Hazards
      • Students may be exposed to infectious blood and body fluids during clinical experiences.
      • The use of personal protective equipment including rubber gloves, gowns, goggles, and masks are required per OSHA regulations and are supplied by the facility.  Students are required to follow agency policies concerning universal precautions.
 
In order to insure your safety and the safety of your patients, you must be able to meet both these Performance Standards to enter and remain in the program.  Students whose physical examination indicates they may not be able to meet the standards may be required to obtain further documentation from a physician in order to enroll/remain in the program.  If at any time while in the program you become unable to meet these standards you will not be able to continue in the program.

 

Accreditation
Accreditation ADN Nursing Program

The Nursing Program is:
 
  1. Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing,
    The Florida Board of Nursing mailing address is 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3257. http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing

    The Florida Board of Nursing is the state agency authorized to determine if the applicant qualifies to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse in Florida. For licensure requirements, refer to sections 464.008 and 464.009, Florida Statutes (F. S.), Rules 64B9-3.002 and 3.008, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

    The Florida Board of Nursing, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Nurse Practice Act, will determine if a nursing program graduate is eligible for licensure. 
    or call 850- 488-0595 or email MQA_Nursing@doh.state.fl.us.

    The student who has met all educational and institutional requirements for an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing from Broward College is eligible to have their name submitted to the Florida Board of Nursing to be considered as a candidate for the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

  2. Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) ACEN is located at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. www.acenrsing.org.
    Phone: 404-975-5000
    Fax: 404-975-5020

    The ACEN is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, Diploma, and Practical programs).  The Commission has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes, and the affairs, management, policy-making, and general administration of the ACEN.  The ACEN is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. 
     
  3. A member  in both the Associate Degree Council of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing  (ACEN) and the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN).

  4. Broward College is accredited with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges SACS-COC   
    1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
    Phone:  404.-679-4500
    Fax: 404-679-4558
    www.sacscoc.org
The SACS-COC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.  The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and student.
Faculty
All nursing faculty are currently licensed to practice as Registered Nurses in the State of Florida. Many hold a dual license to practice as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and hold additional professional certifications with a minimum of a Master’s Degree.

Nursing Faculty at BC initially require three years or more of clinical experience in the acute care setting. The majority of the adjunct faculty continue to be employed in the health care setting as a Registered Nurse.
 
Learn more about Nursing Program faculty.
Courses

The nursing program combines studies in general education and nursing education at the college with selected clinical experiences in hospitals and other community facilities. Course subject matter includes:

  • Pharmacology
  •  Pediatric nursing
  • Health care of women
  •  Nursing for psychiatric settings
  •  Nursing trends, practices and roles
 
Nursing students spend a combined 20 to 36 hours per week in the classroom and clinical setting. The full-time program consists of 72 credits. 
 
There are 56 hours of clinical practicum for each credit and 16 hours of theory for each credit. Generic students attend 1,008 hours of clinical. LPN-RN transition students attend 728 hours of clinical. Clinical hours are a combination of nursing experiences in acute care and extended care facilities and nursing campus lab settings.
 
Students that have completed all general education courses and only have nursing courses to take will enroll in four didactic (lecture) courses and two clinical courses for a total of 13 credits in the first semester.
 
The remaining four semesters (with the exception of one summer term when students enroll for five credits) include registration in two didactic courses and two clinical courses for a total of 10 credits per semester.
 
All nursing courses are offered on three campus locations: North, Central and South Campus.
 
 
For Alumni
In 2013, the Broward College Nursing Program celebrates 50 years of graduating competent, caring nurses. Help us continue the traditiondonate to BC today.

Graduates from the Nursing Program are invited to join the Alumni & Friends Association. If you’re not already a member, join now
and receive exclusive member benefits.

Broward College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding
the non-discrimination policies and Title IX may be directed to: Equity Coordinator Dr. Denese Edsall, Executive Director, Human Resources, 6400 NW 6th Way, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309,
(954) 201-7502, dedsall@broward.edu