Practical Nurse Program
The School of Licensed Practical Nursing was established in 1972 and promulgates a philosophy and mission consistent with that of Holy Name Medical Center.
In order to prepare the student for a nursing role in our ever-changing society, emphasis is placed on sound nursing theory, closely supervised clinical experience, and the student's development as a person.
We, the faculty of Holy Name Medical Center School of Practical Nursing, believe that our mission, in harmony with the philosophy of Holy Name Medical Center, is to promote respect for the worth and uniqueness of the individual learner; to foster in the individual a search for peace, justice and moral values; to enhance the student's appreciation of the dignity, individuality and spiritual dimension of humankind; and to create and maintain a culturally sensitive environment in which the development of each student as a person and as a practical nurse can take place.
The Orem Self-Care Model is seen by the faculty as an appropriate basis for nursing practice. There are three theories that comprise Orem's framework: the theory of self-care, the theory of self-care deficit, and the theory of nursing system. The theory of self-care describes the requisites necessary to maintain self-care through a delicate balance between self-care abilities and self-care demands. The theory of self-care deficit explains the need for nursing. The theory of nursing system directs nursing actions.
We believe that nursing is a unique, humanitarian, practiceoriented discipline whose central purpose is providing a nursing system to assist individuals and their families with their health-related self-care requisites throughout the life cycle. Nursing's basic concern is to assist culturally diverse individuals in preventing illness, restoring them to their maximum health potential and maintaining wellness; and, if that is not possible, to prepare and support them in the process of dying.
We believe nursing requires observing and reporting changes in a patient's status and condition, assessing the physical and emotional state, formulating and implementing a plan for the provision of nursing care based on medical therapy, and integrating the services of other personnel.
We believe that education is the organized learning process through which a person assimilates knowledge, develops skills, establishes values and realizes potentials. Formal education must include clearly defined, measurable and obtainable goals. We assume the major responsibility for determining these goals, guiding learners in their achievement and creating the climate in which optimal learning becomes possible.
We believe that nursing education is a process through which judgment is developed as knowledge is accrued and competencies are acquired. The faculty assumes responsibility for providing guided systematic clinical experiences, classroom theory, and personal guidance and counseling for all students. Nursing education is a lifelong process in that the practitioner of nursing accepts responsibility for independent study and continuing education.
We believe that the graduates of Holy Name Medical Center School of Practical Nursing are prepared as responsible and accountable nursing care providers for patients with prevalent health deviations in structured settings. Their scope of practice centers on direct patient care and is defined by the roles of direct care provider and patient advocate, consistent with contemporary beliefs of the nursing profession. Graduates of this educational program are eligible to seek licensure as practical nurses and function as beginning practitioners within structured acute, intermediate, long-term, and ambulatory healthcare facilities.
To achieve these goals, the School requires its students to achieve a high level of excellence in both the academic and clinical areas. We will also seek to provide the base on which future knowledge will be built because change is rapidly occurring in nursing responsibilities and health delivery systems. Our nurses will have an education that allows them to practice nursing in a variety of settings and to utilize critical thinking skills.
Based upon its mission, and in harmony with its philosophy, the School of Practical Nursing prepares graduate nurses who:
- Will function as beginning practitioners within structured acute, intermediate, long term and ambulatory healthcare facilities.
- Are accountable for personal and professional behavior and growth.
- Have respect for human rights, social justice and the dignity of all individuals, sick or well.
- Contribute to the health and welfare of the community.
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
New Jersey Department of Education under Federal Public Laws 550 and 634