The Practical Nursing program prepares students to take the NCLEX exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN. An LPN is in high demand in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, care & rehabilitation facilities, home health, and hospice settings. A vital member of the nursing team, the LPN license is also the next step in the celebrated progression of nursing. Beginning as a CNA, a nurse moves to an LPN, then RN, BSN, MSN or Nurse Practitioner and even a Doctorate of Nursing with stop off’s for richly rewarding work at each level. In the PN Program, students will gain a broad understanding of body systems, patient care, and pharmacology, to become a competent practical nurse. Students learn on state-of-the-art simulation mannequins in preparation for clinical experiences that begin early in the program and run throughout. The 900-hour program is roughly divided into thirds with ⅓ lecture, ⅓ simulation/lab, and ⅓ clinical.
Acquire and achieve the skills and techniques necessary to successfully draw blood samples for laboratory testing and insertion of intravenous catheters for medication administration.
At end-of-program, the student will function effectively as an integral member of the interprofessional team, demonstrating open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making as they collaborate to provide quality client-centered care.
At end-of-program, the student will provide safe, holistic, client-centered, age-specific care demonstrating the ability to respect the client for their preferences, values and needs.
Through the use of medium and high definition manikins, students are able to simulate care for a variety of patients in areas of medical-surgical, mental health, pediatrics, and mom/baby. Our birthing manikin allows high definition scenarios of the laboring mother through the delivery of the baby. Offering engaging and realistic hands-on and engaging role play.
At end-of-program, the student will integrate evidence-based practices in care delivery, making sound judgments and decisions, while holding themselves accountable for the overall health and well-being of their clients.
At end-of-program, students contribute to the continuous quality improvement process by utilizing resources and electronics to improve overall care outcomes.
Jan has worked as a registered nurse for more than most of you have been alive (45 years)! Her 2 most favorite jobs were working in surgery as a scrub nurse assisting with open heart surgeries and flying in the helicopter as a flight nurse. Although these were her two most favorite jobs, she has also worked in shock trauma ICU, ER, and Education. Jan was on Washington County Search and Rescue for 10 years (as the only female at the time). She loved her Jeep and going on all the backcountry searches while helping those that were in need. She received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Ricks College (now BYU Idaho); a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix; and a Master’s of Science in Teaching Nursing from the University of Utah. Jan is married and has 3 grown / married kids and 4 grandchildren so far. Jan loves adventure and to travel anywhere anytime.
Dalene grew up in the ‘small’ community of Farmington, just above Lagoon, with her parents and two brothers. She started working at Lagoon at the tender age of 14 and enjoyed all the years she spent working for the amusement park. While working at Lagoon, she met the love of her life through a friend, started dating and after 40 years are still ‘Lagoon sweethearts’. They have four children and two grandsons. Along the way, they have two boys that adopted them as parents and there are three more grands that call Dalene grandma (which is the best job ever). Dalene’s goal in life was always to be a nurse. Nursing has always been a passion and something that she has never been sorry she started all those years ago. Aside from nursing, Dalene loves being with her family and spending time on the mountain. After working for Intermountain Healthcare for 30 years and doing unit and hospital education, she made the choice to join the Dixie Tech family and help develop the Practical Nursing program. This has been the best decision and she hasn’t been happier being able to ‘pay it forward’ and teach new nurses just getting started with some ‘old nurse tricks’ learned through the years!!!
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