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School of Practical Nursing

Section I

United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing Philosophy

            The faculty believes the philosophy of United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing is consistent with the overall philosophy of United Technical Center. We believe in the inherent value of the person.  We view the person as unique and composed of various interdependent systems, which are internal and external in nature.  The internal systems are spiritual, psychological, and physiological, whereas the external systems are environment, career-

socioeconomic status, family or significant others, and society. An interdependent relationship exists among the external and internal systems within a holistic framework. Thus, when there is a change in one, all others are affected.

            A person is not an isolated entity but a social being influenced by heredity, culture, and life experiences. The primary system is the family which is a subsystem of the community. These  social contacts support, protect, and nurture the individual and provide the opportunity to explore, grow, and develop to one’s greatest potential.

            Nursing is the art and science of caring. The nurse’s role is to assist the person with health needs. These needs include the promotion of wellness, administration of care during illness or injury, rehabilitation from disability, and support of end of life with dignity. Practical nursing is an essential part of nursing and contributes significantly to the health care of persons. The practical nurse utilizes the nursing process to render safe and effective physical and emotional care under the supervision of qualified nursing or medical personnel.

            Learning is a dynamic and continuous process. Learning experiences are structured to proceed from simple to complex. The teacher-learning process is a vehicle for the acquisition of  knowledge. The student practical nurse must assume the active role of learner within the structured environment that recognizes individual differences, encourages critical thinking, and facilitates self understanding.

            Practical nursing education is an active process that incorporates cognitive as well as psychomotor skills in a variety of settings under qualified supervision. Nursing education’s primary goal is the development of a practical nurse with a strong theoretical base as well as competent clinical skills and sound clinical judgment.

            Faculty strive to keep abreast of changing health care trends, treatments, and care in order to serve as effective role models, remain current, and provide students with pertinent up-to-date information. Graduate practical nurses are valued members of the health care team. Individuals are encouraged to continue learning after graduation as they strive for continued excellence in their profession and in order to meet licensure renewal requirements.

United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing Program Objectives

The Student:

I.         Utilizes the nursing process in rendering safe and effective nursing care.

A.Participates in the assessment of a client through data collection and analysis.

1.Contributes to the development of a data base through goal-directed interviews, accurate observation, and examination.

2.Participates in formulating and prioritizing the nursing diagnosis.

B.Participates in planning nursing care to assist the client to reach an optimum level of functioning.

1.Collaborates with the health care team in the development of realistic and measurable short and long term goals.

C.Participates in implementing holistic nursing care under the supervision of qualified medical and nursing personnel.

1.Renders safe and individualized care in various settings according to the  priority of needs.

2.Promotes a safe and therapeutic environment.

3.Applies sound theoretical knowledge and principles when performing procedures.

4.Contributes to teaching both the client and family information related to recovery and well-being.

5.Documents accurately observations, nursing interventions, and the client’s response to those interventions.

6.Communicates pertinent information about the client’s condition to the appropriate health team member.

7.Delegates selected components of nursing care to qualified staff in stable situations and is accountable for that which is delegated.

D.Participates in the evaluation of goal achievement.

1.Assists with on-going evaluation of the client’s response to nursing interventions and treatment.

2.Contributes to necessary modification of the plan of care.         

IIUtilizes Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a basis for the application of the nursing process in caring for the individual client.

III.       Respects the rights of the individual client with different values, cultures, nationalities, beliefs, and life-styles.

IV.       Utilizes therapeutic communication skills with clients, families, and other health team members.

V.        Demonstrates legal and ethical accountability and professional conduct in practice with

            clients and their families.

VI.       Identifies the role of the practical nurse in various clinical settings.

VII.      Seeks educational opportunities to improve clinical skills and nursing knowledge.

VIII.     Demonstrates good health habits in a professional setting.

IX.       Participates constructively in the student evaluation process to insure progressive and optimal academic and clinical performance.