Next Start Date: August 2017
June 1, 2017
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Registered Nursing Program: The nursing program at Palm Beach State College focuses on nursing as a caring and humanistic discipline. Nursing encompasses evidenced based practice, the use of critical thinking and commitment to life-long learning. The goals are to improve the overall health and wellness, to enhance the quality of life, and to meet the needs of our diverse community. Core values of the art and science of nursing encompass caring, compassion, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness. The nursing faculty at Palm Beach State College believe in a culture of excellence that provides individualized, safe care for patients, families and communities. The instructional process is designed to guide the student to achieve mastery of the course learning outcomes through active engagement utilizing a variety of methods. The program time is divided among learning activities that include clinical, didactic, skills, and simulation.
Upon graduation, the student is awarded an associate in science degree (A.S.) and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN).
Mission Statement: The Palm Beach State Nursing Program mission is to create a learning environment which integrates innovative technology and evidence based educational practices. Graduates, upon licensure, will be collaborative, integral members of a dynamic health care system. Their uniqueness will be evidenced by leadership in the profession as they provide and coordinate ethical and holistic care to our diverse community.
What is a Registered Nurse (RN)? A licensed nurse (RN) is a former student who has successfully completed a nursing program, and has passed the NCLEX-RN, the state licensing exam. Registered nurses are currently the largest healthcare occupation. They work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in schools, outpatient clinics, or serve in the military.
What is the Employment Outlook for an RN? Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population. Nurses held about 2,751,000 jobs in 2014. About 61 percent of RNs worked in hospitals, 7 percent in nursing care facilities, and 7 percent in offices of physicians. Nurses in the hospital setting usually work in shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours. In 2014, about 1 out of 6 registered nurses worked part time.
What is the Average Salary of an RN? The median annual wage for registered nurses was $67,490 in May 2015. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,360, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,630.
For more information regarding salary and job outlook for RNs, please visit the Department of Labor and Statistics website.
Where You Study Matters: Based on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this A.S. degree program provides high-quality education in nursing at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost. When you also consider our experienced and credentialed faculty, small class sizes and modern skills and simulation lab, you'll see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your nursing career.
What's required to get started? See Program Overview and Application Checklist for more information.
Questions? Contact the Registered Nursing Program Offices at: 561-868-3412
Program Accreditation: This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accreditating Commission (NLNAC). Program data is annually updated with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, phone: (404) 975-5000 fax: (404) 975-5020.
: The Associate Degree Nursing Program has a completion/graduation rate for students of 87.7%. The NCLEX-RN pass rate was 88%, which exceeds the state and national averages. All graduates were employed in health care upon graduation to the best of our knowledge.
Program Office Hours/Location: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm CLOSED on Saturday, and Sunday. The Nursing Office is located in the Allied Health (AH) building on the first floor, AH 110. Please feel free to call the Nursing Department during business hours at (561) 868-3412 with any questions you may have.