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Practical Nursing - Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Practical Nursing Certificate program will be able to:

  • Practice within the values, framework, and legal parameters of the Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a framework in assisting individuals to maintain their basic needs and prioritize them when there is an interruption in their ability to meet those needs.
  • Collaborate with other members of the nursing team such as the Registered Nurse and unlicensed assistive personnel in providing care and in contributing to improved patient outcomes.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive nursing plan utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking skills to make patient-centered decisions.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility in providing a safe environment and comprehensive nursing care.
  • Utilize effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills when interacting with the patient and other members of the health care team.
  • Deliver nursing care that demonstrates caring behaviors.
  • Demonstrate respect for the dignity and worth of each individual recognizing unique cultural and spiritual values.
  • Utilize assessment skills to collect client data using a standardized tool and identifies and reports deviations from normal.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional growth.



Christine Thompson MSN, RN
PN Curriculum Coordinator
SUNY Canton
Cook Hall 202