Practical Nursing – Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The Practical Nursing program supports the mission of the NC Community College System and the mission of Forsyth Technical Community College. The faculty is committed to providing accessible high quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing healthcare needs of the service area and to promoting the development of qualified graduates prepared for the professional role of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the entry level. Graduates of this program meet the educational requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the practical Nursing program, the graduate will upon licensure:

  1. Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
  2. Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the legal-ethical practice boundaries of the LPN, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  3. Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care, based on biophysical, psychosocial and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.
  4. Reinforce and/or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  5. Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  6. Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan.
  7. Participate in quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and errors and by suggesting to the RN, changes to improve the client care process.
  8. Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information.
  9. Participate in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team, as assigned by the registered nurse, to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost effective manner.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition costs, the student will be responsible for purchasing a lab kit, textbooks, and uniforms.

Job Placement

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings such as hospital, rehabilitation/long-term/home health facilities, clinics and physicians’ offices.

Facilities

Classroom and laboratory sessions are offered during the day; clinical hours may be scheduled during any part of the 24-hour day, seven days a week.  An alternate time schedule is offered on our Stokes County Campus with classes held on weekday evenings and clinical held on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays.

Typically clinical experiences are focused in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices and long-term care agencies

Program Administration

Linda Latham, MSN, MAEd, RN, Director of Nursing

Sharon Moore, MSN, RN, Department Chair

Nan Krautwurst, BSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator

Staff

Beth Hyland, BA, Staff Assistant

PN Faculty

Melissa Casey, BSN, RN

Laura Galloway, MPH, MSN, RN

Karen Harvell, MSN, RN

Angie Lundgren, MSN, RN

Denise McSweeney, BSN, RN