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
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
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
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
- Are accountable for personal and professional behavior
- 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.
The Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing - Licensed Practical Nursing is,
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
New Jersey Department of Education under Federal Public Laws 550 and 634