Registered Nursing

Applications will be accepted June 1-22, 2017 for the Fall start nursing program. Application packets may be submitted to the Front Desk in Building 3, marked "Attention: Nursing"

The purpose of the Nursing Program is to prepare students to become eligible for licensure by providing a comprehensive course of study that combines theory with evidence-based clinical practice.  The curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitude, and skills that will enable them to become safe and competent practitioners of registered nursing.  Clinical experiences are intended to help students develop critical thinking and skills needed in rural settings.
Contact

Lori James
Nursing Program Lead
541-880-2223
7390 S. Sixth St.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
 
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Mission


Klamath Community College’s Nursing Program exists to prepare outstanding students to acquire licensure as a registered nurse, ready and able to provide professional nursing services using concepts, theory, and evidence-based practice.
Career Opportunities
The Registered Nursing (RN) program curriculum will prepare students for the ever-changing and expanding roles of registered nursing within a variety of health care settings. The average salary for a Registered Nurse (RN) in southern Oregon, including Klamath and Lake Counties, was $74,870 in 2014.
 

Program Outcomes


Program Goals
  • To produce graduates who demonstrate professional behaviors according to legal and ethical standards, the associate degree nursing scope of practice, and professional standards of care.
  • To prepare graduates to participate as part of an interdisciplinary team in data collection, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for healthcare clients across the lifespan. 
  • To prepare graduate nurses who demonstrate a compassionate approach to safe, appropriate care for each client, according to the client’s needs and associate degree nursing standards of care.
  • To prepare graduate nurses to prioritize care for clients and to assign appropriate aspects of that care to other members of the care team.
  • To develop practitioners who recognize the responsibility for lifelong learning.
  • To prepare graduates to utilize their training and job skills to obtain employment in a competitive market.
Educational Objectives
Upon successful completion of the associate degree program, the graduate will be able to: 
  • Communicate effectively with clients and healthcare team members in assessing client needs with respect for physical, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions.
  • Plan client care, identifying client needs and related nursing interventions to promote, maintain, or restore a state of health.
  • Provide safe and effective nursing care to clients across the lifespan with chronic, acute, and/or complex physiological conditions by identifying appropriate evidence-based nursing measures to put in the client’s plan of care.
  • Evaluate the client’s response to nursing care.
  • Demonstrate respect for clients’ values, dignity, and personal rights.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior, attitudes, and dress.
  • Practice within the accepted professional, ethical, and legal framework for registered nurses.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and recognize that nursing education is a lifelong process.
  • Sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse.
 

Degree Options


Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing: Theory, skills lab, clinical experiences, and simulation scenarios are combined to help the students develop competence and confidence in the delivery of nursing care according to current standards of practice.

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing through Linfield College
The RN to BSN Program delivers an innovative, community-based curriculum that provides opportunities to develop skills in leadership, evidence-based practice, and population health.  An important emphasis is placed on experiences that prepare the registered nurse (RN) for practice that considers a diverse global community and a complex, ever-changing healthcare environment. In addition to online course work, RN to BSN students benefit from experiential learning in the community including the opportunity to participate in international programs. The articulation agreement with Klamath Community College allows all classes to be taken online and no clinical requirement.  Compared to costs of other ADN to BSN programs in Oregon, Linfield offers a very competitive price structure, beating prices at most other programs in the state.