The Mission of the Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program is to prepare graduates to embrace the idea of life long learning and enter the role of practical nursing, as safe practical nursing generalists, in a variety of settings.


The faculty believes at the completion of the program the graduates will have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities needed to practice safely and effectively. As an entry level practical nurse, the graduate will be able to meet the client’s basic needs throughout the lifespan requiring promotion, maintenance, and/or restoration of health.

Clients - The faculty believe clients (individuals, families and significant others) are finite beings with varying capacities to function in society. They are unique individuals who have defined systems of daily living that reflect their values, cultures, motives and lifestyles. Additionally, clients have the right to make decisions regarding their health care needs.

Health - The faculty believe health is defined within three areas: promotion and maintenance, and restoration. Health promotion and maintenance are defined as client care that incorporates knowledge of expected stages of growth and development, and prevention and/or early detection of health problems. Restoration is defined as assisting the client to achieve an optimal level of health.

Nursing - The faculty believe nursing is both an art and a science. We believe nurses provide care for clients’ basic biological, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial needs throughout the lifespan. Nurses provide comfort in a caring environment. Critical thinking and the nursing process are the primary clinical problem-solving tools of the nurse. The nurse is part of the interdisciplinary health care team who collaborates within the healthcare system and the community. Nurses are accountable for providing care within the scope of ethical and legal responsibilities.

Practical Nursing - The faculty believe practical nurses provide care of clients with commonly occurring health problems that have predictable outcomes. The practical nurse delivers care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or dentistry.

Education and learning - The faculty and students believe they are partners in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities in a supportive adult learning environment. Promoting student success and instilling a value of life long learning is integral to success in the nursing discipline.

Environment - The faculty believe environment is both external and internal. External environment is the set of circumstances, objects, or external conditions that positively or negatively affect the well-being of clients. Internal environment includes biological, cultural, spiritual and psychosocial aspects.

Conceptual Framework

(Definitions of Curriculum Concepts)

Nursing Process - a scientific approach to clinical decision making which incorporates evidence-based practice and critical thinking. The steps of the process include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Professional Behavior - behaviors that demonstrate intellectual and personal integrity which include: dedication to the client’s welfare, commitment to the discipline of nursing, adherence to college, program, and agency policies. Professional behavior involves participation in life long self-development activities to enhance and maintain current knowledge and skills for continuing competency.

Collaboration/Communication - the verbal and non-verbal interaction among the practical nurse and members of the health care team with clients, families, and significant others. Events and activities associated with client care are validated in written and/or electronic records that reflect standards of practice and accountability in the provision of care.

Basic Needs - physiological, psychosocial and spiritual requirements necessary for optimal functioning. Physiological needs are basic needs related to the functioning of body systems essential to life, including oxygenation, hydration, nutrition, bowel elimination, urinary elimination, activity/mobility, rest and sleep, hygiene, skin/tissue integrity, comfort and physiological safety. Psychosocial and spiritual needs include sexuality, emotional security, communication and cognition, love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization. As physiological needs are sufficiently satisfied, psychosocial and spiritual needs emerge. When there is an interference with ones ability to meet basic needs, health problems may result.

Safety - a safe and effective care environment includes providing protection of clients and health care personnel from health and environmental hazards.