The graduate of the Practical Nursing (PN) program at Wake Technical Community College is prepared to practice as an entry-level nurse. Graduates of this program meet the education requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The practice of practical nursing is directed toward meeting the health care needs of individuals throughout their lifespan. The PN role is characterized by evidence-based clinical practice with the provision of care for individuals and groups of individuals in structured settings.
The role of the PN is a dependent role under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN) and other health care providers approved by North Carolina law. In accordance with the North Carolina Board of Nursing Administrative Code, 21 NCAC 36.0225, Components of Nursing Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the LPN accepts assignments that can be safely performed and participate in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the client’s response to health care interventions. The PN graduate demonstrates the competencies identified by the National League of Nursing (2010) and the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine [NAM]), (2003), to provide nursing care. The practical nurse graduate is prepared to be a responsible life-long learner.