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Professional Nursing Program A.S. Overview

Professional Nursing A.S. Program Overview

When you decide to become a nurse, you choose to change lives, including your own. In our professional nursing program, you’ll develop the skills you need for a career in caregiving. Our nursing program will allow you to take charge of your future and practice in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment. The ASN program is designed to help registered nurses (RN) improve their skills through didactic and clinical experiences that prepare them for various roles in nursing practice.

There are a lot of accelerated nursing programs out there, and it can be hard to determine the right fit. At Saber College of Nursing, we understand that the future of healthcare relies on nurses who are educated in evidence-based practice. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, which allow for individualized attention from faculty and students. This attention translates into helping you potentially attain workplace readiness faster. 

What Do You Learn In Nursing School?

Before starting to work as a registered nurse, it is wise to review some of the core concepts you will need to know to provide safe and effective patient care. These include anatomy and physiology, nutrition and diet, microbiology and nursing pharmacology, and lessons on how drugs work in the body. 

Once you have a firm understanding of these concepts, you can focus on developing the practical skills necessary to become a nurse. You will spend time learning standard procedures like central line placement or intravenous medications that can be practiced on mannequins and actual patients.   You’ll also learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment such as ventilators and intubation devices.

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Is Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) Difficult?

Nursing school is full of challenging coursework. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the content and the amount of information you need to learn.  That said, there are some things you can do to make nursing school more manageable. First, meet your instructors early and often. Let them know that you want to do well in their class, and ask what they suggest are the best ways to get there. Then, take their advice!

It’s also essential for you to build a network of peers in your classes. When exam time rolls around, you can study together and help each other with any confusing concepts. If a group study session isn’t your jam, try getting a tutor or study buddy who can help you review critical concepts before your exams.

Remember that feeling overwhelmed is normal! Talk with friends who have been through nursing school before you.  Successful students can tell you what it was like for them and how they coped with challenging classes and stressful assignments.

What Do Professional Nurses Do?

Nurses offer various services to patients in a hospital or clinic setting. They perform physical exams and take detailed health care histories. They are also the first to run blood, urine, and other tests, administer medications ordered by physicians and treat injuries. Nurses may also be called upon to chart a patient’s progress, counsel patients on diet changes or lifestyle modifications, and assist doctors during surgery.

The key responsibilities of a nurse are:

  • Being the primary point of contact for patients and their families
  • Providing a wide range of health care services, including administering medication, operating medical equipment, dressing wounds, and recording patient information
  • Maintaining accurate and complete medical records.
  • Responding to emergencies when they occur and assisting in emergencies
  • Collaborating with other health care professionals to coordinate patient care plans and ensure quality patient outcomes

Career Outlook for Registered Nurses

While it’s true that some hospitals prefer nurses with BSNs over ASNs, registered nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing are still in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of registered nurses overall to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026.

An associate degree program, also known as an ADN, is often pursued by those who want to provide direct patient care without going through a four-year nursing program. ASN programs can be completed in two years or less and can prepare you for entry-level positions in various healthcare settings and roles.

As a registered nurse who holds an ASN, you will have the same responsibilities as those who hold a bachelor’s degree and work in various environments and specializations, including hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, hospices, and urgent care centers, to name just a few. 

What It Means To Be A NCLEX RN

Being a nurse is an important job: you help people. But a NCLEX-RN offers the opportunity to do even more than that.  Saber College will make sure you are ready to take the exam once the time comes.

The NCLEX-RN serves as a guide for examination development and candidate preparation. The NCLEX® examination assesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the entry-level nurse to meet clients’ needs requiring the promotion, maintenance, or restoration of health.

It’s hard to be a nurse, but completing your NCLEX-RN is one way you can help make sure that you’re ready for anything that comes your way.

What is the difference between ADN, AASN, and ASN programs?

ADN, ASN, and AASN programs are all Associate’s level degrees in nursing—but they’re not the same.

The most crucial difference between them is that the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) focuses on preparing students for higher-level degrees. At the same time, the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) focus on teaching students how to be entry-level nurses.

  • ASN and ADN programs may prepare nurses more for clinical work than bachelor’s-level programs.
  • AASN programs may prepare nurses more for supervisory work within their field than ASN or ADN programs.

The main reason you’d want to get an ASN is if you think you might want to go on and get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). With an ASN, you’ll need fewer credits to complete a BSN than with an ADN or AASN—meaning less time and money spent getting your next degree.

In general, ADNs and AASNs are considered more flexible than ASNs. If you don’t know that you want to go into nursing, or if you have other commitments that require a flexible schedule, this may be the path for you.

It’s also worth noting that some employers prefer ADNs or AASNs because they consider them to be more directly related to their field than ASNs. It all depends on where you’re applying.

The Professional Nursing Program (PNP) at Saber College

The Professional Nursing Program (PNP) is an intensive, full-time program comprised of 82 credit hours/1,875 clock hours, including theory, lab, and clinical rotation experience. This experience will cover medical/surgical nursing, obstetric-gynecologic nursing, pediatric nursing, gerontologic nursing, and psychiatric nursing. 

Reinforcement of basic skills in English, mathematics, and sciences appropriate for the preparatory job program will occur through didactic instruction and applied laboratory procedures/practice.  This program is designed to prepare graduates to utilize and apply the nursing process to provide nursing care to clients across the life span in various settings. Upon completing the curriculum and passing a comprehensive exit exam, graduates will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) from Saber College of Nursing.

The Professional Nursing Program (PNP)  is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE).

Professional Nursing Admissions Requirements

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