WELCOME TO FAULKNER STATE NURSING PROGRAMS

 

New application criteria and new curriculum is being implemented for Fall Semester 2016.  Please note we will no longer offer a separate practical nursing (LPN) program.  All students will apply for the associate degree (RN) nursing program and will have the option of taking the licensure exam for practical nursing to work as a LPN after successful completion of the third semester in the ADN program.


Nursing Information Sessions

Any student who intends to apply to one of Faulkner State’s nursing programs should attend a nursing information session.  Advisors are available to meet with each student one on one immediately after the group session.  It is recommended that students bring a copy of their transcripts of any prior college coursework.  Sessions are approximately one hour in length.

Session Schedule
 September 12
 3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
 September 26
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
 October 17
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
 November 7
3:00 PM
Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
 November 28
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136
 December 5
3:00 PM Tyson Building (Bay Minette Campus) Room 136  


APPLICATION FOR ACT (RESIDUAL)

Click Here to View the ACT Residual Registration Information and Online Form

A minimum of 18 ACT composite score (writing component not required), National or Residual, is required to apply for Faulkner’s nursing programs.  ACT results must be attached to the nursing application.  There is no ACT expiration date for nursing program application. Faulkner State only offers ACT Residual.  The difference between Residual ACT and the National ACT is that Residual ACT test results are sent to Faulkner State only and are not allowed to be given to any other college or agency.  National ACT test results may be sent to multiple colleges and universities.  The Faulkner State Admissions Department and Registrar will not provide ACT scores to the nursing department. 


APPLICATION PROCEDURE (ADN with PN option)

Click Here to Download the Nursing Application & Information

It is important to understand the admission criteria used to determine entrance into Faulkner’s nursing programs.  FSCC nursing programs are full-time day programs.  We do not offer an online nursing program.  It is advisable to work no more than 20 hours once admitted to ensure enough time to study.


LPN AND PARAMEDIC TO RN

Click Here to Download the LPN and Paramedic to RN Application

The new LPN and Paramedic to ADN Mobility Program begins Fall Semester 2017.  Admission is every fall semester starting 2017, and applications are due between April 1 and June 1 each year.  NUR 209, Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students, is a hybrid course taken in Fall Semester.  The theory portion for NUR 209 is online, testing and labs are on campus, and clinicals are at Baldwin and Mobile County healthcare facilities.  An active, unencumbered Alabama LPN or Paramedic License is required.  LPN students who completed the Alabama Community College concept based nursing curriculum within one academic year from start of Healthcare Transition coursework, are exempt from taking NUR 209.  These students will enter the Mobility Program at NUR 211.

The required number of hours per week varies with each nursing course.  This program is a daytime course with set meeting times.  Course times are not scheduled around rotating shifts.  There are eight general education course prerequisites as listed in the application.  Reliable transportation, a flexible schedule, and willingness to commute to several area hospitals are required.


TRANSFER POLICY

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Students wishing to transfer must:
  1. Meet minimum admission standards for the nursing program.
  2. Possess a grade of C or better in all nursing program required courses taken at another institution and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at time of transfer.
  3. Provide a letter of eligibility for progression from the Dean/Director in previous nursing program.
  4. Comply with all program policy requirements at accepting institution.
  5. Complete at least 25% of the nursing program required courses for degree/certificate at the accepting institution.
  6. Meet acceptability criteria for placement at clinical agencies for clinical experience.
  7. Acceptance of transfer students into nursing programs is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available.  Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance.
  8. Student selection for transfer is based on GPA in nursing program required courses. 


NOTE:  Students must submit the transfer packet. Transfer requests are due prior to the last 3 weeks of any given semester.  Students who have been out of the previous nursing program longer than one year are not eligible to transfer. 


PROGRESSION POLICY

In order to progress in the nursing program, the student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of C or better in all required general education and nursing courses.
  2. Be acceptable by clinical agencies for clinical experiences.
  3. Maintain ability to meet essential functions for nursing with or without reasonable accommodations.
  4. Maintain program health requirements. 

A total of two unsuccessful attempts in two separate semesters (D, F, or W) in the nursing program will result in dismissal from the program.


REINSTATEMENT

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Students who desire reinstatement in the program must apply for reinstatement to the program.  Reinstatement requests must be received by the nursing department within 48 hours of final grade postings in the semester for which the student either failed, or withdrew, in order to be considered for the following semester.  All other reinstatement requests must be received prior to the last 3 weeks of any one semester.  A student must request reinstatement within one year from the term of non-progression to be eligible for reinstatement.  Students dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons and/or unsafe client care in the clinical area will not be allowed reinstatement to the nursing program. 

A student may be reinstated to the nursing program only one time.  Reinstatement is not guaranteed due to limitations in clinical spaces.  All nursing program admission standards must be met.  A rubric is used to determine who is reinstated, when space is limited.  The rubric consists of student attendance, behavior, lab/clinical performance, and GPA. 

A student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the current institution for reinstatement.

If a student has a documented extenuating circumstance that should be considered related to a withdrawal or failure, then this student may request a hearing before the Reinstatement Committee for a decision on repeating a course or readmission to the program.

ADN students whose second unsuccessful attempt occurs in NUR 211 or 221 may apply for the Mobility program.  These students must meet all admission requirements for Mobility, including a 2.5 cumulative GPA and valid Alabama Practical Nursing License. 

Students with two non-progressions in the Healthcare Transition program must reapply and be accepted to start over in NUR 209, even if the student started the program in NUR 211.  Students may elect to apply to the ADN program from the beginning as well.


READMISSION

Students not eligible for program reinstatement may apply for program admission as a new student.  If accepted, all nursing program courses (NUR prefix) will have to be taken. 


PROGRAM COMPLETION

Students completing NUR 112, 113, 114, and 115 and required academic courses will be awarded the Practical Nursing certificate.  Students who have completed required academic courses and continue in the program through completion of NUR 211 and 221 will be awarded an Associate Degree in Applied Science.  Students are responsible for meeting all the progression, and graduation requirements. 


MISSION

The mission of the nursing programs of the Alabama Community College System is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system.  We seek to provide full and equal access to opportunities for educational success to meet the community needs.


PHILOSOPHY

We believe that nursing is a dynamic profession blending science, via the use of evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning, and the art of caring to provide quality, patient-centered care.

We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes.  We believe in using educational methods that are current and supportive of students in the teaching and learning environment, with the presentation of information from simple to complex. 

Nursing is guided by standards of practice and standards of professional performance.  Standards reflect the values and priorities of the nursing profession.  Therefore, we have integrated competencies from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and National League of Nursing (NLN) into our philosophy as part of our core values.

Competencies – NLN competencies for nursing are central to the conceptual framework.  The related QSEN competencies for graduate nurses define the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that the graduate nurse should possess to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. (QSEN)

Human Flourishing- Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings. (NLN def)

Patient-Centered Care – Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. (QSEN def)

Nursing Judgment- Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patient within the family and community context. (NLN def)

Safety – Minimizes risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.  (QSEN def)

Informatics – Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.  (QSEN def)

Professional Identity- Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context. (NLN def)

Teamwork and Collaboration – Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.  (QSEN def)

Spirit of Inquiry- Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, questions underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities. (NLN def)

Evidence-based practice – Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.  (QSEN def)

Quality Improvement – Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems.  (QSEN def)


PROGRAM STATISTICS

Licensure First Time Pass Rates:

            PN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 100%

ADN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 100% 

Completion Rates:

            PN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 73%

            ADN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 59%

Employment:

            PN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 100%

            ADN Fall 2014-Summer 2015 100%