The Practical Nursing certificate program is a forty-four week program. The Quality Safety Education for Nursing (QSEN) competencies are used to enhance the student's knowledge of assessment, attitudes, and accompanying skills that reflect professional practice to improve quality and safety in health care. Students explore the theory of basic nursing care, pharmacology, disease process and specialty nursing. Students practice nursing skills in a simulated lab designed to model the clinical setting. Newly learned skills are then applied in clinical settings such as long-term care facilities and rehabilitation units. Student practical nurses are exposed to a variety of departments within each setting to provide a better understanding of the care clients receive, and to expose students to potential career opportunities. Clinical and lab simulation exposures address the management of clients throughout the lifespan.
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