Practical Nurse Program Objectives
The objectives of the Practical Nurse program are to:
- Ensure students are able to demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability and professionalism according to the legal and ethical standards for a competent Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Prepare students to effectively interact with patients, families, and members of the healthcare team in a therapeutic and professional manner.
- Prepare students to collect holistic assessment data from multiple sources, communicate the data to appropriate healthcare providers, and document client responses to interventions.
- Prepare students to collaborate with the registered nurse or other members of the healthcare team to organize and incorporate assessment data to plan/revise patient care and actions based on established nursing diagnoses, nursing protocols, and assessment and evaluation data.
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a caring and empathic approach to the safe, therapeutic, and individualized care to clients.
- Prepare students to perform basic nursing skills and utilize critical thinking skills to formulate positive conclusions as they relate to nursing practice.
- Educate students regarding the ethical, legal, and professional principles of the healthcare profession and the scope of their practice as a patient care advocate.
- Instruct students to employ HIPAA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and other infection control measures in the healthcare setting.
- Ensure students enter the workforce as qualified and technically skilled healthcare professionals in the ever-changing healthcare environment.