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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.

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide nursing care within the scope of the ethical and legal responsibilities of practical nursing.
  2. Utilize the nursing process to identify basic needs of the client throughout the life span for health promotion and maintenance, or when biological, spiritual, cultural and psychosocial needs are not being met.
  3. Provide safe and skillful therapeutic care in simple nursing situations based on knowledge of biological, cultural, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the client throughout the lifespan.
  4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with the client, the client's family, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  5. Demonstrate responsibilities of the practical nurse as an individual who collaborates within the healthcare system and the community.