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Goals of the Practical Nursing Program

The goals of the Practical Nursing Program are congruent with the goals of the governing organization and express the beliefs of the Nurse Administrator, faculty, and students.  They reflect the program's purpose and philosophy.  The goals were clearly written by the Nurse Administrator, faculty, and students and stated in measurable outcomes.  The goals are evaluated annually and revised as warranted, with the last revision made in 2005.  The following goals flow from the program's philosophy and are listed in the Practical Nursing Handbook/Policy Manual, and on the program's Web page.

  1. To maintain admission standards that permit entry of students with a variety of abilities, interests, and aspirations.

  2. To offer courses in related subjects to the community and surrounding areas.

  3. To prepare students at the basic entry-level of nursing so, if desired, they may proceed to higher educational levels within the chosen profession.

  4. To prepare students with those abilities and qualities that lead to a salable entry-level skill within the chosen profession.

  5. To provide developmental education in English and Mathematics if necessary, in order to assist students to improve basic skills needed to achieve educational goals and overcome educational deficiencies.

  6. To provide student counseling services and advisement so that students may progress toward their educational goals.

  7. To demonstrate excellence in teaching strategies, and practices through exemplary role modeling to students.

  8. To prepare students to complete the requirements of a technical certificate by providing a low-cost general basic education, and funds for those who qualify.

  9. To provide the opportunity for personal and professional student development through a combination of educational, social, cultural, recreational, and community service activities.

  10. To evaluate the success of students who have attended this institution and program.

  11. To support the nursing career ladder at WCCS so that graduates may advance their goals in nursing from Nursing Assistant through Mobility RN.

  12. To provide qualified workers in the health care delivery system in the community and surrounding areas.

  13. To maintain full program approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing.

  14. To maintain program accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

In addition, the faculty have developed level objectives stating the expected level of performance during program progression and upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program:

LEVEL I OBJECTIVES

At completion of Level I, (1st and 2nd Semesters) the Practical Nursing student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with common health alterations.

  2. Utilize foundational knowledge of the communication process in providing nursing for clients across the lifespan.

  3. Apply foundational knowledge of the nursing process in providing nursing care for clients across the lifespan.

  4. Utilize critical thinking skills in formulating a plan of care for clients with common health alterations in a variety of settings.

  5. Illustrate a teaching/learning plan for culturally diverse clients with common health alterations in a variety of settings.

  6. Develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process.

  7. Illustrate use of relevant technology for client care and documentation.

  8. Demonstrate professional behaviors associated with nursing.

LEVEL II OBJECTIVES

At completion of Level II, (3rd Semester) the Practical Nursing graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in performing basic nursing skills for individuals with health alterations in a variety of settings.

  2. Apply therapeutic communication techniques in providing basic nursing care for clients throughout the lifespan.

  3. Apply foundational knowledge of the nursing process in providing basic nursing care for clients throughout the lifespan.

  4. Utilize critical thinking skills in providing collaborative care for clients with selected health alterations in a variety of settings.

  5. Formulate a teaching/learning plan for culturally diverse clients with selected health alterations in a variety of settings.

  6. Demonstrate competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process.

  7. Utilize relevant technology for client care and documentation.

  8. Demonstrate competency on the NCLEX-PN.

  9. Demonstrate professional behaviors, and roles of a practical nurse upon entry into practice.    

Program Outcomes

  1. Theoretical Competency:  100% of students will meet the passing standard for the exit examination.

  2. Clinical Competence: 80% of the employers and graduates returning surveys will report satisfaction (Using Postsecondary evaluation forms for Graduate and Employer Satisfaction).

  3. Practical Nursing Graduation Rate: At least 75% of students admitted to Practical Nursing Programs will graduate within 24 months of initial admission.

  4. Pass Rate: First-time test takers will average 80% or higher on the NCLEX-PN.

  5. Job Placement Rates: 95% or greater of those seeking employment are employed in nursing within 6 months of graduation.

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