The purpose of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare safe, entry level practical nurses that can provide quality care in all settings where nursing takes place, under the direction of a Registered Nurse, Physician or other qualified health practitioner. At the completion of the program, the graduate practical nurse will:
- Practice nursing that is patient-centered, incorporating the patient’s age, family, life experience, preferences, values, traditions and their individual response to illness and treatment.
- Serve as member of the interdisciplinary team delegating or supervising patient care to promote continuity.
- Use current research based practices and other credible sources as a basis for nursing practice and clinical judgment.
- Promote quality improvement by contributing to the implementation of organizational processes that improve health care services.
- Provide a patient care environment that minimizes the risk of adverse events by making clinical decisions grounded in theory and evidenced based practice.
- Maintain information technology literacy and information integrity to use technology in nursing practice competently.
- Provide patients with information needed to promote health/wellness, effectively manage disease and in navigating the health care system.
- Accept responsibility and accountability for personal and professional development through lifelong learning that includes legal and ethical principles, and complies with the standards of nursing practice.
- Prioritize, administer and/or delegate patient care in an efficient manner incorporating the various points of patient care access across the health care system.
- Communicate using positive interpersonal skills to convey knowledge or information to patients, families and interdisciplinary team members.
- Meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the National Council Licensure examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).