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Health Careers Education
Clinical V - Transition to Practice
Transition to practice skills are enhanced as the student functions in the role of team leader. The course will prepare the student to independently assume the role of the LPN in professional practice; a preceptor rotation assists in the completion of this transition.
NCLEX Invitational (August 4th., 2011)

Cindy Schneider
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The Nursing Process

Data Collection and Assessment

1. Demonstrate basic clinical skills with a multi-patient load.

2. Utilize patient's chart, Kardex, and existing care plans.

3. Interpret accurate objective and subjective data collection.

4. Complete ongoing patient assessment.

5. Recognize deviations from baseline assessment.


1. Modify nursing plan of care, according to the nursing process.

2. Prioritize patient care according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, using critical thinking and creative problem solving techniques.

3. Focus data gathering on appropriate resources for patient and family teaching.


1. Execute nursing interventions in an organized, timely, safe, and efficient manner.

2. Adapt nursing care in response to changes in patient condition and based on age-appropriateness.

3. Implement the following skills and competencies:

� Assign patient care tasks to assistive personnel.

� Identify knowledge, skills and abilities of assistive personnel.

� Demonstrate knowledge of job responsibilities of assistive personnel.

� Monitor ability of staff members to perform assigned tasks.

� Monitor use of cost-effective measures.

� Participate in educating staff.

� Review effectiveness of care provided by others.

� Serve as a resource person to other staff.

� Supervise patient care tasks performed by assistive personnel.

� Use effective time management skills.

� Report identified patient care issues/problems to appropriate personnel.

� Document quality improvement/assurance issues.

� Monitor impact of quality improvement strategies on patient care.

� Participate in quality improvement/assurance program.

� Follow agency protocol/procedures for taking verbal/telephone orders.

4. Administer medications accurately and safely, utilizing the Six Rights of Medication Administration.

5. Provide accurate patient and family teaching within LPN current scope of practice.

6. Facilitate continuity of care in all documentation and communication.

7. Notify appropriate faculty or staff of significant data, including changes in patient condition or staffing.

8. Proactively manage hazards in the patient environment.


1. Report any variances, incidents, or irregular occurrences.

2. Provide input on the patient's response to interventions, determining if patient needs have been met.

3. Provide input on the modifications made to nursing plan of care for effectiveness.

4. Provide input on the patient and family knowledge obtained from patient teaching sessions.

Professional Behavior and Accountability

1. Maintain safe, respectful, and confidential environment for patient, self, and others.

2. Demonstrate leadership, management, and supervisory skills.

3. Demonstrate professional responsibility and dependability by complying with facility and clinical policies.

4. Comply with professional standards in appearance, attitude, and behavior appropriate clinical settings.

5. Display good judgment, seeking appropriate guidance as needed.

6. Appropriately respond to direction and constructive feedback.

7. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, functioning within your current LPN/LVN student scope of practice.

8. Maintain effective communication and interpersonal relationships with patients, family, facility staff, faculty, and students.

9. Serve as a positive role model, encouraging teamwork and cooperation among health care team members.

10. Demonstrate resourcefulness, using initiative and displaying good critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

11. Demonstrate cultural competency in patient care related to patient's physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and moral needs.

12. Employ appropriate practices to manage stress and to encourage proper self-care.

13. Constructively use extra time to maximize care, update patient information, and identify further learning opportunities.

14. Effectively and efficiently manage limited resources and contain costs.

15. Actively participate in learning activities, including clinical and educational opportunities.

Licensed Practical Nurse - OBN

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences

Licensed Practical Nurse - OBN
Practical Nursing Series - CIMC
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