Practical Nursing Program
This program is for students interested in becoming a Practical Nurse as an entry into the nursing career ladder program. It will provide training directed toward employment with medical offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and home health care agencies. The student will gain skills in caring for the sick, assisting in rehabilitation and preventing illness. Students who successfully complete the defined LPN curriculum would earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing and would be eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of nursing Examination (NCLEX-PN) and apply for a license as an LPN. In addition, a BSN program is available at Mount Marty College for licensed practical nurses who desire a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.
Upon completion of the practical nursing program the graduate will display the following program outcomes:
- Demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability and professionalism according to the legal and ethical standards for a competent licensed practical.
- Effectively communicate with patients, significant support person(s), and members of the interdisciplinary health care team incorporating interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills.
- Collect holistic assessment data from multiple sources, communicate the data to appropriate health care providers, and evaluate client responses to interventions.
- Collaborate with the registered nurse or other members' of the health care team to organize and incorporate assessment data to plan/revise patient care and actions based on established nursing diagnoses, nursing protocols, assessment and evaluation data.
- Demonstrate a caring and empathic approach to the safe, therapeutic, and individualized care of each client.
- Implement patient care, at the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist through performance of nursing interventions or directing aspects of care, as appropriate, to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP.)