The purpose of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide a highly structured, sequential and intensive education that will prepare the graduate to function intelligently and effectively within the scope of providing general nursing care which presents a minimum of scientific complexity, under the direction of a licensed physician and/or a registered nurse.
The job of the L.P.N is to provide basic bedside care, taking vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, apply dressings, treat bedsores, and give alcohol rubs and massages. LPNs monitor their patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They collect samples for testing, perform routine laboratory tests, feed patients, and record food and fluid intake and output. To help keep patients comfortable, LPNs assist with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate earns a technical diploma and is eligible to take the licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The program is sixteen (16) months in length.
This program has full approval from The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE).
For more information about this program, see the Practical Nursing Information Bulletin.