Practical Nurse

Program Objective

This program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a Practical Nurse. The program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent content aligned with academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills that prepares the student for occupation-specific opportunities in the Health Science career field. The program will familiarize the student on techniques and procedures relevant, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute, care, long term care and community settings; theoretical instruction and clinical application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing

Program Description:

The Practical Nurse Diploma program prepares the student to care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled in a variety of health care settings. The student will learn hands-on care to patients under the supervision of RNs or physicians. After completing the courses of study for the program, students are eligible for licensure as a Practical Nurse in the State of Florida.

Once licensed, the student is qualified to work as a licensed practical nurse. The student will learn basic bedside care, take vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration, treat bedsores, prepare and give injections and enemas, apply dressings, give alcohol rubs and massages, apply ice packs and hot water bottles and monitor catheters. Students will learn procedures that include reporting patient adverse reactions to medications or treatments, collecting samples for testing, performing routine laboratory tests, feeding patients and recording food and fluid intake and output. Students will learn to help patients with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, keeping patients comfortable and caring for the patient’s emotional needs. The PN student will also learn procedures for delivering, caring for and feeding infants.

Program is eligible for Federal Financial Aid to those that Qualify

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