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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Diploma

The practical nursing program at Davenport University is approved
by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. The Practical
Nursing program is designed to prepare the graduate at the diploma
level with the skill and knowledge necessary to function in the
role of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The LPN uses the nursing
process to meet the needs of patients in all age groupings. The
LPN graduate will also use effective communication with members
of the health care team, provide appropriate health teaching and
serve as an advocate for both patient and families.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the ACEN. This program is designed to prepare graduates at the diploma level with the skill and knowledge necessary to function in the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Length of Program:

  • PN Warren (47 Credits) – One full cohort of 45 students accepted in the fall of each year. 
  • PN Midland (47 Credits) – One full cohort of 45 students accepted in the fall of each year

Mable Engle Nursing Program Philosophy:

The multifaceted roles of the practical and professional nurse are taught at Davenport University and include care provision, communication, management, and scope of practice.

Theoretical foundations shape the curricula and guide the nursing education. The Davenport University Nursing Program is a dynamic system that provides for the educational growth and development of the nursing student.  An adaptation of Fawcett’s metaparadigm is utilized and includes person, environment, health, and nursing.

  • Person - The concept of person refers to the individual or individuals as part of culture, family, community or aggregate groups who interact with the nurse in a therapeutic manner.
  • Environment -The environment is made up of the physical surroundings and the settings in which the person interacts with society as a whole.  This integrates the totality of social, cultural, and religious foundations and influences. Individuals are affected by environment and, in turn, have the ability to effect the environment.
  • Health - The health continuum from birth to death includes physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual elements.  Wellness describes the function of a person at his or her maximum potential.
  • Nursing - Nursing is a caring profession that is guided by the ANA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Nursing is not limited to physical care but incorporates the promotion, protection, and optimization of health.  Nursing practice is guided by research which contributes to the delivery of evidence-based practice.

Graduate Learning Outcomes:

The following objectives were developed by the faculty with the use of nursing criteria referenced in the MI public Health Code, The Michigan Board of Nursing Curriculum Rules, the DU Excellence System, adaption of Fawcett’s metaparadigm, and the National Association Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES).

Student/Graduate Learning Outcomes – Characteristics of the Graduate

  • SCOPE OF PRACTICE
    Provide care appropriate to the scope of practice and ethical dimensions for one’s own action according to the NAPNES Standards of Practice.
    1. Demonstrates and practices within an ethical and legal framework constituting professional behaviors.
    2. Functions and describes accountability and responsibility for one’s own choices and behaviors related to practical nursing care.
    3. Complies and examines ethical and legal issues surrounding health care issues.
    4. Demonstrates and implements client and organizational confidentiality.
  • CARE PROVISION
    Implements prescribed care regimen while utilizing holistic cultural awareness and the nursing process in collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team.
    1. Demonstrates and develops nursing assessment skills.
    2. Assesses data within established protocols and guidelines under the direction of a Registered Nurse or physician.
    3. Demonstrates educational needs of the client or patient.
    4. Demonstrates patient outcomes.
    5. Demonstrates and revises the plan of care based on individual patient outcomes.
  • COMMUNICATION 
    Identifies and utilizes effective communication skills to interact with patients, families, and the health care team.
    1. Utilizes effective therapeutic communication skills in interactions with individuals and families.
    2. Utilizes effectively with individuals, peers, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
    3. Utilizes college-level writing and verbal skills.
    4. Maintains and uses technology for obtaining and presenting information.
  • MANAGEMENT
    Directs aspects of holistic care for patients, families, and communities with health care needs in a variety of settings.
    1. Assists leadership and management roles for delivery of patient care.
    2. Directs aspects of delegation consistent with the Michigan Public Health code – Nursing for LPNs.
    3. Organizes trends that influence the cost in health care savings.
    4. Assists patient care in collaboration with individuals and families.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete DU Application
  • Request Official Transcripts from high school, colleges, or nursing programs be sent to Registrar Office
  • Complete Nursing Application
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Two professional recommendations
    • Personal essay
    • Completed TEAS V Exam

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy:

All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions (the "COHP") are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening (collectively, the "Testing") at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. The results of the Testing (the "Results"), which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.

Faculty and Staff

Associate Dean: Sandra Welling PhDc, RN, CCM, PAHM

Chair: Amy Stahley MSN, RN

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Judy Potyraj

Midland

Associate Chair, Midland: Shannon Krolikowski, MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator Midland: TBA

Campus Faculty Midland:  Lynette Love MSN, RN, Melissa Michalski MSN, RN, Mary Stewart MSN, RN

Warren

Associate Chair Warren: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty Warren: Joann Harrison MSN, RN, Sharon Long MSN, RN, Cherie Blondin, MSN, RN

Accreditation:

Regional Accrediting Body:

  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle St.
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    National Accrediting Body:
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326
    http://www.nlnac.org

State Board of Nursing and Approvals:

  • State of Michigan
    Department of Community Health
    Bureau of Health Professions
    Board of Nursing
    611 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 300670
    Lansing, MI 48909