Practical Nursing (Post-Secondary)
As Baby Boomers age and their needs for health care grow, we are experiencing a shortage of qualified nurses nationwide. The rapidly changing, progressively complex health care field is struggling to find qualified, highly-skilled nurses and compassionate health care professionals to perform vital roles in patient care. It’s our mission to provide life-changing training for men and women looking to pursue a career in the high-demand, growth-oriented health care field.
Are you passionate about helping others?
Are you looking for a new and exciting career?
Are you committed to furthering your career as a Licensed Practical Nurse?
Our Moonlight Program in Practical Nursing is for you!
This program is designed to launch your career in Practical Nursing and meets the rigorous standards for accreditation by the Accreditation Committee for Education in Nursing (A.C.E.N.). The part-time, 60-week program was developed to accommodate nontraditional students who are balancing additional commitments to family and work. Meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, the program offers comprehensive, student-centered instruction in the care of diverse clients in structured health care settings with a concentration on caring for the older adult. Health care trends and issues, the newest technologies, and community nursing needs are also addressed. Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and begin your career in the health care industry.Skills you will learn:• Patient-centered holistic care• Professionalism and ethics• Leadership and teamwork• Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)• Quality improvement• Nursing competencies• Nursing theory• Pharmacology• Therapeutic treatments and modalities• Informatics and technology for nursing practice
Upon completion of our Practical Nursing Program, graduates are prepared to:
• Demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability and professionalism according to legal, ethical, and regulatory standards, in the role of the practical nurse in providing care to culturally diverse clients with common well-defined health care needs in a variety of structured health care settings.
• Apply the nursing process using critical thinking skills to the care of culturally diverse clients throughout the life span with common well-defined health care needs in a variety of structured health care settings.
• Communicate effectively with clients, client families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team, using therapeutic communication skills and technology to promote health and prevent disease.
• Perform nursing skills based in theory and guided by the nursing process in the provision of safe, competent effective care to ensure a secure physical and psychosocial environment for the client, family, and health care team in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
• Demonstrate a caring and empathetic approach to safe, therapeutic, and individualized care for each client or group of clients.
• Utilize teaching-learning principles of goal-directed educational plans to promote health, health maintenance, and disease prevention for clients or groups of clients within their communities.
The employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Upon completion of the program and successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam, your career opportunities include:
• Practical Nursing in office settings, clinics, public schools, outpatient and long-term care centers, urgent care, and acute care settings, including rehabilitation centers
• Bridge into an LPN to BSN program
M O O N L I G H T P R O G R A M
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#3 in Massachusetts.
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PRACTICAL NURSING MISSION STATEMENT
Adhering to and supported by the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School the Practical Nursing program prepares students for personal and professional success as a practical nurse in a rapidly changing, progressively complex health care field.PROGRAM SCHEDULE60 weeks, part-time evening program, which follows a high school calendar, approximately 17 months starting every August.The program starts every August and runs for 3 Terms. Term I, August to January, Term II, January to June, Term III, August to January and graduation in January. Classes take place from 3:50 to 10:10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Clinical experiences are held one weekend each month with times to be determined by the host organization’s needs and availability.MEET OUR STAFFProgram Coordinator: Joann Monks MBA, MSc, RN-BC, RMAFaculty:Rose Allain, BSN, RN, CCNErin Bjorndal, RN, MSNDr. Joyce BrazeeAna Calcada, RN, MSNCharlene Gonynor, RN, MSNKeara Holmes, RN, MSNEllyn Guinding, RN, MSN
Kathleen Perri, RN, BSN, MAKaren Rockel, RN, MSNFelicia Sullivan, RN, MSNShannon Viera, RN, MSNPost-Secondary Guidance Counselor: TBDFinance Compliance Officer: Edyta SzatkowskiProgram Administrative Secretary: Lois CollinsTUITION
The tuition for this 60-week program is:
In-District = $12,000.00
Out-of-District = $18,000.00
Out-of-State = $18,000.00