In order to work as a licensed vocational nurse, a person must be licensed by the State of Texas. To take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-PN), a person must be a graduate of a Texas Board of Nursing (Texas BON) approved vocational nursing program. For more information, contact the Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 3-400, Austin, Texas 78701; phone number 512-305-7400, or visit their website at http://www.bon.state.tx.us.
HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION STATUS
Students must be physically and emotionally able to meet all program requirements including the rendering of safe nursing care in the clinical setting. These abilities involve lifting, moving, bathing, and transferring patients in and out of bed, calculating medications, and being able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team. Nursing care involves exposure to patients with infectious and blood-borne diseases. After admission into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The DSHS is now requiring a completed Hepatitis B series prior to direct patient contact. Students must have a physical exam and a current CPR certificate designed for health care providers prior to the first day of clinical. The physical examination certifies that students are physically and emotionally capable of performing the duties of a nurse.
Students in the nursing program are strongly encouraged to carry a personal health policy. The College and clinical facilities are not responsible for any claims for expenses that result from an action of a student in the clinical setting. Although the clinical facilities provide access to acute emergency care in the event of an accident or injury to a student, the student is responsible for all expenses incurred.
PROFESSIONAL LIABILITIY INSURANCE
All Vocational Nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance. This fee is attached to the clinical courses in summer and fall and covers the student throughout the program.
To remain in good standing and progress within the vocational nursing curriculum, students must maintain a “C” (75%) or higher in ALL VOCATIONAL NURSING COURSES and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in the college.
A student must pass all concurrent nursing courses in a single semester to progress to the next semester. A student who fails or withdraws from one or more concurrent nursing courses must repeat all concurrent nursing courses for that semester if readmitted to the program. Grades earned in concurrent nursing courses in the original semester will be recorded.
READMISSION POLICY Readmission is not automatic; it is based on remediation of problem areas and space available in the program. Students may only be readmitted to the program one time. If readmitted, the student must enroll in all concurrent nursing courses and is required to adhere to CURRENT nursing program policies. Students who are unsuccessful in any first semester nursing course must reapply to the program. Readmission into the vocational nursing program must occur within one year.
TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE
The Texas Board of Nursing (Texas BON) may refuse to admit persons to its licensure examination, OR may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration to any individual with lack of fitness to practice by reason of mental or physical health or intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that could potentially result in injury to patients or the public. The Board may also refuse to grant licensure to any individual with a history of a conviction. An individual enrolled or planning to enroll in a nursing program who has reason to believe that he/she may be ineligible may petition the Texas BON for a declaratory order for eligibility. Contact the Texas Board of Nursing at http://www.bon.state.tx.us for additional information or to obtain a Declaratory Order Form. The Declaratory process may take six (6) months to one (1) year to complete.
All accepted and alternate candidates/students will undergo DPS and FBI background checks before their admission to the nursing program is finalized. A person who feels that he/she might have a background issue is strongly advised to begin the Declaratory Process to Texas BON as soon as possible.
A person does not have to be a current nursing student or an applicant to the nursing program to begin the Declaratory process.
Student Conduct Applicants to the nursing program and student nurses are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Applicants who become disruptive may jeopardize their applications from being considered or their student status and may face disciplinary action as stated in the Lone Star College System student handbook and college catalog. In the event that a violation of policy is also a violation of State or Federal law, the College may proceed with disciplinary processes.