Program Summary

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The Hill College Nursing program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas.

The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increase their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities.

At Hill College, we strive for excellence to ensure the classroom theory and evidence-based practice in the clinical settings attainable. With the collaboration of Hill College and our community hospitals in our service area, it is our privilege to offer this program to our students.

Submitting te Health and Public Services application does not guarantee selection.  Each program has specific entry/documents/deadlines.  It will be the applicant’s responsibility to contact the program of choice for further application information/completion.

 Applications submitted will be kept on file for 1 year.


See the individual programs websites for additional program information. 

Instructor teaching to students

Program Highlights   

  • Hands-on training
  • Five areas of study/specialization available
  • Program offered in Cleburne and Hillsboro
  • Certificate of completion, certificate of technology and associate degree options available
  • Prepares students for licensure examination

The Hill College Nursing Program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas. The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increasing their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities.

At Hill College, we strive for excellence to ensure the classroom theory and evidence-based practice in the clinical setting is attainable. With the collaboration of Hill College and our community hospitals in our service area, it is our privilege to offer this program to our students.

Sampling of Classes   

  • Anatomy
  • Clinical
  • Health & Illness
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Integrated Client Care Management
  • Maternal Neonatal
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychology

Quick Facts: Registered Nurses

2018 Median Pay $71,730 per year
$34.48 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work experience in a related occupation None
On-the-job training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 2,955,200
Job Outlook, 2016-2026 15% (Much faster than average)
Employment change, 2016-2026 438,100

What Registered Nurses do?

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotionalsupport to patients and their family members.

Work Environment

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physician's offices, home healthcare services, and nurisng care facilities.  Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.

How to Become a Registered Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nrusing programs.  Registered nurses must be licensed.

Pay

The median annual wage for registered nurses was $71,730 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare servies fromthe baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Sourced from:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

General Information
HILLSBORO
(254) 659-7920

CLEBURNE
(817) 760-5921

Dean of Instruction, Health and Public Services
Lori Moseley, MSN, RN
lmoseley@hillcollege.edu
 
(254) 659-7921 or (817) 760-5920

Associate Degree Nursing Coordinator
Dawn Cox, RN, MSN/ed
dcox@hillcollege.edu
817-760-5923

Faculty
Ted Cross, RN, 817-760-5923, tcross@hillcollege.edu
Chad Schoen, MSN, RN, 817-760-5928, cschoen@hillcollege.edu 
Jan "Olivia" Sanders-Patrick, MNA, RN, 254-659-7982, jsanders-patrick@hillcollege.edu 
Sherrie Florence, MSN, RN, 254-659-7929, cschoen@hillcollege.edu 
Teresa Hamilton, MSN, RN, 817-760-5923, thamilton@hillcollege.edu 

Skills Lab Coordinators, Health Sciences
Paula Hutchings, MSN, RN, (254) 659-792, phutchings@hillcollege.edu
Katina Castro, BSN, RN, 817) 760-5925, kcastro@hillcollege.edu

 

Administrative Support
Julie Britton, (817) 760-5921, jbritton@hillcollege.edu, 
Teresa Palinkas, (254) 659-7920, tpalinkas@hillcollege.edu, 



Professional Nursing Student Handbook



For students in a nursing course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Associate Degree Nursing Degree Option


ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (RN)

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required

ADN Transition Degree Option


LVN to ADN TRANSITION

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required

PARAMEDIC to ADN TRANSITION

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required

Background Procedure


The Hill College Nursing department uses the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) FBI background check process during the application process.  The nursing program will submit the required documents to the BON.  The BON will notify the nursing department of names of students who will be required to submit their fingerprints to the BON.


Please contact the Health and Public Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students with eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

For students in a nursing course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

If a student has any criminal background they must submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

Please contact the Health and Public Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students will eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

If you answer Yes to one or more listed under Question 1 you will need to submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

 1) [ ] No [ ] Yes *For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. been arrested and have a pending criminal charge?
  2. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  3. been convicted of a felony?
  4. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  5. received deferred adjudication?
  6. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  7. been sentenced to serve jail time, prison time, or court-ordered confinement?
  8. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military

    judgment/ punishment/action?

 (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial licensure or renewal application.) 

NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character. (See 22 TAC §213.27)

NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non- disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non- disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character and fitness.

Licensure Eligibility

To check your eligibility for renewing your license, please review the following: 

  1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. Been convicted of a felony?
  3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. Received deferred adjudication?
  5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement?
  7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment, punishment, or action?

NOTE: You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations

Expunged and Sealed Offenses

While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket, or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character of the Nurse.

Orders of Non-disclosure

Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code §552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure, you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness of duty issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov't Code Chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.

  • Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you? (You may exclude disciplinary actions previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial or renewal licensure application)
  • *In the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with or treated or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder which impaired or does impair your behavior, judgment, or ability to function in school or work? (You may answer “No” if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness OR you’ve previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing and have remained compliant with your treatment regime and have no further hospitalization since disclosure.)
  • *In the past five (5) years, have you been addicted or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug? (You may answer "No" if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN)

*Pursuant to the Occupations Code §301.207, information, including diagnosis and treatment, regarding an individual's physical or mental condition, intemperate use of drugs or alcohol, or chemical dependency and information regarding an individual's criminal history is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Occupations Code §301.466.


Board of Nursing Scope of Practice


Practice - Registered Nurse Scope of Practice

The Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) defines the legal scope of practice for professional registered nurses (RNs).  “Professional nursing” means the performance of an act that requires substantial specialized judgment and skill, the proper performance of which is based on knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical, and social science as acquired by a completed course in an approved school of professional nursing. The term does not include acts of medical diagnosis or the prescription of therapeutic or corrective measures.  Professional nursing involves:

  1. the observation, assessment, intervention, evaluation, rehabilitation, care and counsel, or health teachings of a person who is ill, injured, infirm, or experiencing a change in normal health processes;

  2. the maintenance of health or prevention of illness;

  3. the administration of a medication or treatment as ordered by a physician, podiatrist, or dentist;

  4. the supervision or teaching of nursing;

  5. the administration, supervision, and evaluation of nursing practices, policies, and procedures;

  6. the requesting, receiving, signing for, and distribution of prescription drug samples to patients at practices at which an advanced practice registered nurse is authorized to sign prescription drug orders as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 157;

  7. the performance of an act delegated by a physician under Section 157.0512, 157.054, 157.058, or 157.059; and

  8. the development of the nursing care plan.

The RN takes responsibility and accepts accountability for practicing within the legal scope of practice and is prepared to work in all health care settings, and may engage in independent nursing practice without supervision by another health care provider. The RN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws; rules and regulations; and policies, procedures and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The RN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families with complex healthcare needs.

Educational Requirements:
Texas Board of Nursing (2010), Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) of graduates of Texas Nursing Programs.

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 301

Nursing Practice Act (NPA) Section 301.002, Definitions

Rule 217.11 - Standards of Nursing Practice

Scope of Practice Position Statements: 

Note: For the complete list of position statements, click here.

Six-Step Decision Making Model for Determining Nursing Scope of Practice

Note: For the complete list of nursing practice FAQs, click here.


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