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Practical Nursing Program Competencies

Student Learning Outcomes

Guided by professional values and standards within a framework of the nursing process, graduates of the CCRI Practical Nursing Program demonstrate the following competencies:


  1. Identify basic needs of patients in all age groups.
  2. Collect data relevant to patients’ health status by conducting focused assessments.
  3. Identify developmental, emotional, cultural, spiritual and environmental influences on patients’ health status.
  4. Relate the patient’s response to actual or potential health problems.


  1. Collaborate with registered nurses in establishing nursing diagnoses.


  1. Prioritize patient care based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
  2. Participate in the development of the nursing care plan.
  3. Contribute to the development of patient outcomes.
  4. Assist in the modification of the nursing care plan to meet the changing needs of patients.


  1. Collaborate with health care professionals to meet the basic needs of patients.
  2. Provide evidence-based, clinically competent care within accepted standards of practical nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Communicate patient’s response to nursing interventions and changes in health status.
  4. Utilize therapeutic communication skills in patient/family interactions.
  5. Demonstrate caring and respectful behavior in providing nursing care.
  6. Participate in the health teaching of individual patients and their family.


  1. Participate in the evaluation of patient responses to interventions.
  2. Identify the need for revision of the nursing care plan.
  3. Identify own strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Seek assistance for improvement of performance.


  1. Recognize the practical nurse’s role in the health delivery system.
  2. Articulate the practical nurse’s role with those of other health care team members.
  3. Assume responsibility for own nursing practice within an ethical and legal framework.
  4. Serve as a patient advocate.
  5. Accept role in maintaining standards of practice in providing patient care.
  6. Appreciate the value of membership in a professional organization.
  7. Seek further growth through educational opportunities.

REVISED: 06/09/03 (rac)

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