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Practical Nursing (LPN) Program Overview

The School of Nursing's Practical Nursing program is a 60-week program which combines foundational nursing concepts with hands on clinical training in area healthcare facilities. Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to seek licensure as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and function as practitioners within structured acute, intermediate, long term, and ambulatory healthcare facilities. The PN program curriculum includes theory, hands-on skills lab sessions, and clinical experiences in long-term care and acute care facilities. Students earn 17 credits of transferable college credit through Saint Peter's University as part of the Holy Name Practical Nurse program curriculum.

Licensed Practical Nurses have the opportunity to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician's offices, outpatient centers, and residential care facilities. As the United States population ages, the demand for LPN's is growing quickly and the opportunities for students to move into practical nursing positions post-graduation is growing. The Holy Name School of Nursing Practical Nursing Program will provide you the knowledge and skills to begin rewarding career in healthcare.

The Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan Practice Nurse Program is approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101

The School of Nursing is approved by: New Jersey Department of Education under Federal Public Laws 550 and 634.

Educational Statement

The nursing program at Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing meets the state education requirements for a Registered Professional Nurse license and a Practical Nurse license in the state of New Jersey. Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing has not determined if the diploma in nursing Registered Nurse program or the Practical Nurse Program at Holy Name Medical Center meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

PN Program Philosophy

The faculty of Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing, in harmony with the mission of Holy Name Medical Center, believe our mission is to assist the community to achieve the highest level of health and wellness through education, prevention and treatment. This is accomplished by promoting the worth and uniqueness of the learner. We enhance the learner's respect for the dignity, spiritual and cultural dimensions of the community by creating an environment in which the development of each students' values and professional identity can be cultivated.

We believe that Nursing is a unique, humanitarian profession whose central purpose is assisting individuals and their families to maintain and maximize health throughout the lifespan. We believe that Learning is a process which occurs in a student-centered environment open to diversity, tolerant to differences, and grounded in equality and fairness to all. We believe Teaching is facilitated by the educator, for the learners' acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for quality, safe, competent delivery of nursing care. We believe Health is a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. We believe Humans are holistic beings, composed of bio/psycho/social/spiritual traits which make them unique and valued persons. We believe Environment is the collection of people, places, things, and conditions that surround us and affect our everyday lives.

The foundation for the curriculum is based on the principles put forth the by the Quality and Safety for Education competencies of patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, safety, clinical judgment, quality improvement, and information technology (Cronenwett et al., 2007). Based on these principles, faculty mentor, teach, and guide students to develop competency in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing program will provide safe, patient centered care supported by a collaborative relationship with the entire health care team. Graduates use evidence and informatics to guide and communicate decision making which reflects sound clinical judgement. In addition, graduates embrace professional attributes when providing quality care in all healthcare environments.

The End of Program Student Learning Outcomes for the Practical Nursing Program are:

After completing the Holy Name Practical Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse patient populations throughout the lifespan.
  2. Engage in clinical judgment to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Participate in quality improvement processes to improve patient care.
  4. Collaborate with members of the interprofessional team, the patient, and the patients' support persons.
  5. Use information management (informatics) principles, techniques, and systems, and patient care technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Assimilate leadership, management, legal, and ethical guidelines in practice as a Practical Nurse.

The Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing is ACEN-accredited, signifying Holy Name's commitment to national standards and our focus on continuous improvement of our nursing programs.