What is Practical nursing

What is Practical nursing

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  1. Practical nursing is a career that requires a person to understand the basics of anatomy and physiology of the human body.  It is a body of nursing that only requires at least one year of training along with clinical practice. During the year of school students will learn the theory of nursing and receive lab skills to practice the procedures that will be performed in the clinical portions of the program.  The classroom theory will deal with as stated in the first sentence anatomy and physiology, Nutrition, a course on documentation and laws, a basic microbiology course, a basic nursing skills course, which is basically what a person would learn in a nursing assistant course and even a very basic psychology course.  Each portion of the year will be spent on a different specialty area.  The practical nursing program I was a part of the first level of clinical was at a nursing facility just one day a week to practice basic care, for example bedbath, vital signs, bedmaking, etc.  The second level was pediatrics. The third level was medical/surgical and the theory dealt with adult conditions and how to perform various other skills related to adults and the fourth level was more adult conditions and preparing to graduate.  The students were also able to take practice exams before taking the state exam which is computer-based at various locations around a particular area for the student. 

    I have been reading over the years since I have been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 13 years that various establishments are trying to do away with this particular level of nurse. A lot of students who are LPN’s are going on to an RN program and even beyond and becoming nurse practitioners. There is nothing wrong with being a practical nurse, but if you want to continue in the field nursing make sure that is the correct choice for you. Practical nursing was a start for me to learn that I liked helping people, but I wanted to help in a different.  The career of practical nursing lead me to wanting to learn about human services and counseling and doing therapeutic activities as in art, music, and play therapist. 

    When I was a licensed practical nurse I worked in a psychiatric unit and I assisted the activity director in those sessions and encouraged the patients to participate if possible.  This lead me to my other educational projects and I was able to do the position of Activity director since I had my degree in Human services/Psychology when the main director went to conferences and when on vacations.  Practical nursing is a profession that can lead to other professions as well at least for me.  Nursing at any level is a calling.  Just listen to your heart as well as your brain.

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