PN Certificate

Practical Nurse (PN) Certificate Program

Practical nurses (PN) are important members of the healthcare team and can be found anywhere healthcare is delivered - in hospitals, nursing homes and other exciting settings.

Unlike other PN programs, students at Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing receive college credit for their courses. Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam to become licensed as an LPN. Upon completion of the PN program and required prerequisite courses, students may be eligible for admission for advanced placement into our, or other, AD programs.

Graduate outcomes for the Practical Nursing Certificate are as follows:

The graduate of the practical nurse certificate program will:
  I.       Promote, restore, and maintain health and well-being in patients, families, and communities to maximize human flourishing.
           1.     Apply the nursing process (Problem identification and interventions) when providing patient centered nursing care to patients.
           2.     Provide compassionate nursing care to patients, families, and community based on respect for patient preferences, values and needs.
           3.     Foster independence through teaching and learning to maintain optimal wellness.
 II.       Use nursing judgment to provide safe, high quality nursing care to patients, families, and communities.
            1.    Employ specific principles and best practice standards when providing nursing care to patients.
III.       Demonstrate professionalism that reflects personal accountability, values, integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices.
            1.    Utilize therapeutic communication skills in relationships with patients, families, health care team members and the community.
            2.     Communicate effectively when speaking and writing.
IV.       Approach nursing practice with a spirit of inquiry to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
            1. Use informatics and technology to promote learning and safety in the administration of care.


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