The Practical Nurse Program functions within the philosophical framework of the Southeastern Regional School District, which includes the post-secondary Southeastern Technical Institute. The programs of the post-secondary institute are designed to equip students with mastery of foundation skills, development of interpersonal skills, proactive student engagement and the commitment to stretch learning initiatives.

Nursing is an art and a science which incorporates principles from physical, biological and social sciences. The faculty believes that nursing is the unique function of assisting the individual and family, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health promotion, health maintenance, and recovery from illness, or in the case of a terminal illness, a peaceful death. The nurse applies critical thinking within the framework of the nursing process to provide goal-oriented, individualized, safe, holistic care. In addition to the nursing process, the curriculum incorporates the developmental theories and human needs theories of Erik Erikson and Abraham Maslow progressing with a body systems approach to expand nursing knowledge and skills.

The faculty plan, organize and sequence the course of study from simple to complex, giving consideration to the various learning styles and the needs of a diverse, multicultural student body and community.  Learning experiences in the classroom, and nursing skills in the lab and clinical settings, are designed to provide the student with opportunities to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills. Clinical practice is correlated with nursing theory and content from biological and behavioral sciences.

The process of learning is fostered by an open and receptive environment supporting the efforts of the students and their motivation to learn. Student achievement is measured utilizing behavioral outcomes encompassing the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains of learning. The faculty of the practical nurse program has the responsibility to guide students to reach their highest potential, while meeting program outcomes and entry level competencies. The faculty believes that the student is an active participant in the learning process and encourages students to become lifelong learners.

The practical nurse is an integral member of the nursing profession. In collaboration with members of the healthcare team, the practical nurse assists the patient to achieve individual goals. The practical nurse is responsible and accountable for their nursing actions, as well as demonstrating personal and professional behavior. While providing evidence-based, cost effective nursing care, the practical nurse advocates for the patient. The graduate, entering into practice, is able to provide safe nursing care for culturally diverse individuals with common, well-defined health problems.

Practical Nurse Program Outcomes

The entry-level graduate of the Southeastern Technical Institute Practical Nurse Program is expected to:

  1. Utilize critical thinking within the framework of the nursing process as a basis for nursing practice.
  2. Communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the health care team.
  3. Apply knowledge of the physical, behavioral and social sciences while providing therapeutic nursing care.
  4. Provide safe therapeutic nursing care.
  5. Participate in nursing decisions consistent with standards and scope of LPN practice
  6. Provide holistic care as a member of the health care team.
  7. Establish goals consistent with the principles of life-long learning.