Upon completion of the eleven-month practical nursing program, the graduate will be able to:


    1. Identify basic needs of patient by:
      1. making an initial health needs assessment in cooperation with a registered nurse or physician
      2. recognizing normal physical finding and obvious pathology
      3. updatingcare plans which reflect identified needs using the nursing process
    2. Assist patient in activities of self-help by:
      1. performing manual skills with dexterity
      2. performing nursing procedures based on sound principles
      3. giving total patient care
      4. applying principles of teaching and learning
      5. maintaining an orderly uncluttered work area
      6. having the patient and family involved in the patient’s healthcare needs and decisions
    3. Work cooperatively with members of the health team by:
      1. contacting resources according to identified patient needs
      2. displaying an attitude of cooperation
      3. recording and reporting concisely and accurately
      4. accepting constructive criticism and supervision
      5. following procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of high-risk incidents
      6. Initiating and participating in activities to resolve conflict
    4. Evaluate nursing care by:
      1. monitoring, observing, and questioning as to the effectiveness of therapy and nursing care
      2. regularly reviewing the plan of care and revising it as necessary
      3. research the nursing literature for evidence-based practices to develop/support current practice
    5. Assume increasing independence in his or her role by:
      1. performing expected entry level nursing responsibilities
      2. demonstrating increasing ability to make sound nursing judgments
      3. organizing activities to conserve time and energy
      4. handling unexpected situations as they arise
      5. demonstrating self-motivation and self-direction
    6. Demonstrate personal and professional responsibilities by:
      1. appearing neat and professional
      2. maintaining physical fitness
      3. demonstrating an emotional maturity
      4. exhibiting dependability, honesty, and reliability
      5. showing interest in nursing with demonstrated initiative and enthusiasm
      6. recognizing his/her ability, responsibility, and limitations
      7. maintaining patient confidentiality at all times and respecting HIPPA guidelines
      8. using technology, including social networks, in a professional manner at all times
    7. Apply safety measures in patient care and in the administration of medications by:
      1. recognizing and correcting hazards and potential hazards, and by providing a safe environment for the patient
      2. utilizing safety equipment properly
      3. dispensing medications including the safe calculations, administration and knowledge of drugs
      4. utilizing techniques of infection control appropriately with increasing skill
      5. engage patients or designated surrogates in partnerships that promote safety
      6. recognizing national patient safety goals and their impact on care
      7. participating in analysis of errors and plans for improvement 
    8. Provide patient-centered care by:
      1. Identify and communicate patient values to the health care team.
      2. assess, evaluate, and treat pain in cooperation with the health care team, considering patient values, preferences, and expressed needs
      3. engage patients or designated surrogates in partnerships that promote health
      4. understand and observe the legal and ethical obligations of patient-centered care
      5. communicating patient needs, care provided and needed at any and all transitions of care 
    9. Utilize quality improvement by
      1. identify poor patient outcomes and identifying the data needed to make potential changes
      2. participate in completing incident reports
      3. identify quality measures that will describe performance
      4. cooperating with quality improvement measures