A Practical Nursing Program was established in Fayette County in May 1966. The first, fourteen-member class graduated in May of 1967. Since that first graduating class, more then 1000 men and women have graduated from the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program.
The school of Practical Nursing was first located in Hopwood, PA. In July of 1976 the Practical Nursing Program moved to its present location at the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute.
The continued success for the Practical Nursing Program allowed for construction of a nursing suite, annexed to the North Wing of the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute.
The Practical Nursing Program has occupied the present facilities since February of 1983.
The Fayette County Career & Technical Institute sponsors the Practical Nursing Program. The Practical Nursing Program maintains approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing,the Pennsylvania of Education, and has accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Inc. (NLNAC). Graduates of the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program meet the educational requirements of the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and are eligible to take the NCLEX-CAT-PN for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Graduate of the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program will demonstrate entry-level competencies as a health care member by:
- Collecting data to assess the physical, emotional, spiritual and socio-cultural needs of the client.
- Collaborating with appropriate health care personnel when deviations in the clients health care status are identified.
- Documenting pertinent data as a method to contribute to clients holistic needs.
- Assisting with the development of a nursing plan of care based on well defined nursing diagnosis.
- Implementing family center ethical nursing care based in priority of needs.
- Utilizing therapeutic communication when instructing the client on their comprehensive health care needs.
- Evaluating the clients emotional and spiritual response to the prescribed medical and nursing plan of care.
- Seeking Opportunities that promote professional & personal growth.
- Assuming legal accountability by complying with the scope of practice as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act.
- Supervising the delegation of duties to ancillary help in the health care setting.
- Participating in organized activities in society that promote the growth of nursing and community health.
We, the Faculty of the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program, accept the Philosophy of the sponsoring institution. We believe that an educational opportunity that exist in Practical Nursing should be made available to any individual who meets the admission requirements, without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, creed, sex, age, marital status, or qualified handicap. We further believe that:
is a unique whole with basic human needs, in constant interaction with a changing environment. Health status will affect the individual during the entire life cycle. This constantly changing level of wellness can be perceived on a health-illness continuum. At any given point on the continuum,the individual will encounter and respond to a variety of stressors which alter homeostasis and well being. The individual's adaptation may take place without assistance or help may be required for the individual to adapt to health problems and prevent further related stress. An optimal level of wellness is achieved when the individual attains their best physical, mental, social and spiritual status.
encompasses the individual, families and communities in this constantly changing environment. As such, it impacts upon the well being and personal development of each individual. Society serves to establish norms, values and codes of conduct organized for the benefit of its members.
is the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential health problems. Nursing utilizes the nursing process, which is the basis of communication and mode of nursing practice. It is a systematic method of problem solving which consists of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. The result of the nursing process is the sum total of nursing care activities which promote high level wellness for the client. Nursing is an art and a science based on research which shares with others the responsibility for the total health needs of the individual, the family and the community.
is an integral part of the nursing profession and has a unique discipline of practice. It emphasizes proficiency in basic nursing skills and techniques applied to the care of individuals and families in the structured settings. Practical nurses are responsible and accountable to the consumer, employer and the nursing profession for providing quality nursing care.
The Teaching/Learning Process
is a dynamic process in which knowledge, values and skills are obtained, developed and continually revised. Learning is individualistic and proceeds from the simple to the complex according to the level of development, interest and motivation of the learner. Learning is enhanced through the teacher and student mutually planning, implementing and evaluating strategies to meet identified learning needs.
incorporates prior knowledge into the problem solving process and evaluation's structured in a fashion to motivate students toward achievement of pre-established objectives. The teachers role in Practical Nursing Education is to move from the demonstrator to integrator and facilitator as the student progresses toward independent functioning. To achieve this end, the cirriculum is planned to assist the student to progress from a state of dependence toward a state of independence.
is a lifelong process of critical thinking, active involvement, self-direction and accountability. The learner is an active participant who assumes gradually increasing responsibility for their own learning. The role of the faculty adapts in response to the students' needs in order to facilitate the learning process and to foster commitment to life-long learning.
The Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program Faculty believes that a need for practical nursing exists. The Nursing Faculty is committed to providing the educational environment; in which to teach individuals to function under the mandate of the Practical Nursing Law (63P.S-667). The Nursing Faculty is dedicated to the development of competent and knowledgeable graduates who will be an asset to nursing.