Instructors:  Kayla Sims, Mary Easterling, Terri Curry
Coordinator: Kayla Sims

Secretary: Rebecca Moore
Phone:  304-752-4687, Ext.  2241
Email: 
kayla.sims@k12.wv.us

Office Hours:  11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Courses:

  • 0601 – Practical Nursing I
  • 0602 – Practical Nursing II
  • 0603 – Practical Nursing III
  • 0604 – Practical Nursing IV
  • 0605 – Practical Nursing V
  • 0606 – Practical Nursing VI
  • 0607 – Practical Nursing VII
  • 0608 – Practical Nursing VIII
  • 0609 – Practical Nursing IX
  • 0610 – Practical Nursing X

Course Philosophy

The Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing Program is a twelve month program. The pre-entrance exam is given in January of each year to qualify for the August entry. The curriculum consists of systematically organized classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a certificate of completion which deems them eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure.

The Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing Program is offered at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center and sponsored by the Logan County Board of Education through cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Vocational and Adult Education. The nursing program is accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and seeks to conform to all written requirements and policies of the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Practical Nursing and the West Virginia Division of Vocational and Adult Education.

The Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing Program is affiliated with the Logan Regional Medical Center, WV Health Systems, Genesis Eldercare/Logan Center, Trinity Health Care, Highland Hospital, Logan-Mingo Mental Health, Dignity Hospice, Logan Hematology/Oncology, WV-Dialysis and other clinical facilities.

The goal of the faculty is to assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for safe, competent nursing practice. Your responsibilities include studying, learning and applying the knowledge and skills that are offered to you. As a student of the Ralph R. Willis School of Practical Nursing Program, it is also your responsibility to conduct yourself in a professional manner and to be accountable for your actions. One of your primary responsibilities is to know and follow all policies of the nursing program.

Course Descriptions:

Practical Nursing I
This course includes fundamental nursing practice skills which are developed to aid in the assessment of normal body function and implementation of basic nursing care. As the study of nursing practice skills continues, emphasis is placed on applied knowledge essential to caring for the adult client, primarily elderly with simple long or short term medical/surgical needs including rehabilitation. Critical thinking exercises are introduced. Laboratory practice is integrated with clinical experience with skills progressing from the simple to the complex. This course is developed to meet the requirements of principles and fundamentals (200 hours of instruction) as required by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses, and the nursing assistant certification exam offered by OHFLAC. Clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing II
The student will provide comfort and assistance in performing of activities of daily living for patients with common non-complicated disorders. Data collection skills will be practiced. The student will assist the client and significant others during the normal expected stages of growth and development from conception through advanced old age. Experiences will be provided that will give the student opportunities to reduce the patient’s potential for developing complications or health problems related to treatments, procedures or existing conditions. Students will identify patient problems, identify appropriate interventions and evaluate nursing care to patients in both acute and extended care facilities.

Practical Nursing III
In this course, the personal and professional qualities needed by the practical nursing student are studied as well as ethical, legal and moral responsibilities. Integrated within this course of study are basic communication skills. Instruction is designed to acquaint the student with the role of the practical nurse as a member of the health care team. Critical thinking is introduced as a concept. Later in the course, the student is introduced to leadership and management skills and information on employment and educational opportunities available to the practical nurse. Work skills such as procuring, retaining and terminating employment are discussed, as well as personal and professional liability insurance, application for state licensure, NCLEX application process, professional organization membership and continuing education requirements. This course is developed to meet 150 hours of integrated social sciences required by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nursing.

Practical Nursing IV
Building on concepts from previous courses, this course focuses on health management, maintenance and prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole and deviations from the normal state of health. The administration of patient care includes using the nursing process, performing focused assessments, use of critical thinking, and assisting with patient education. The systems included are integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiac, vascular and hematology. The concepts of patient care, treatments, pharmacology and diet therapy are included within each system. Content is presented from a patient-centered approach based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Patient care includes consideration of physiological, cognitive, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Consideration is also given to the impact of health issues, the potential physical and mental adjustments as well as divisional and rehabilitative activities. Laboratory practice is integrated with clinical experience and skills progressing from the simple to the complex. Clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing IV
This course is a continuation of the nursing care of medical/surgical clients utilizing a body systems approach for specific systems. Integrated into the course will be the continued utilization of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to clients of all ages in all settings where nursing takes place. Included in this course is the culminating laboratory practicum experience associated with IV therapy and venipuncture education. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory. Leadership training skills focus on geriatric assessment and medication administration.  Emphasis is placed on interventions for individual health care problems utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking skills. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory. Clinical experiences provide opportunities to administer medications to adult clients. Clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing VI
This course is a continuation of the nursing care of medical/surgical clients utilizing a body systems approach for specific systems. Integrated into the course will be the continued utilization of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to clients, of all ages, in all settings where nursing takes place. Included in this course is the culminating laboratory practicum experience associated with IV therapy and venipuncture education. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory. Leadership training skills focus on geriatric assessment and medication administration. Emphasis is placed on interventions for individual health care problems utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking skills. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory. Clinical experience provides administration of medications to adult clients. Clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing VII
This course includes Maternal and Infant Care/ Pediatrics and Mental Health requirements. The Maternal and Infant Care/ Pediatrics contains theory and clinical experience, concurrent and/or sequential in the care of the mother before, during and after labor. Principles of newborn care are also included in the course. It will acquaint the student with the needs of the well and ill child. Normal growth and development from birth through adolescence is studied, as well as the nursing care of the developing individual in health and disease. Communication skills are emphasized to provide acceptable relationships with children, adolescents and family. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory.

The Mental Health portion of the course builds on the student’s basic understanding of the foundational principles of psychology and their direct application to the care of individuals experiencing mental health deviations. Throughout this course the student will explore the role of the practical nurse as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team. Course content focuses on the application of previously mastered physical care skill sets and critical thought concepts in conjunction with the active employment of techniques in therapeutic communication. The student will continue to expand their knowledge of the ethical, legal, sociocultural and developmental needs which impact the response of all humans to actual or potential threats to their well-being. Clinical experiences may include various levels of mental health care provision including inpatient and outpatient settings. Theory and clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing VIII
This course is the clinical component of specialization in nursing care. Specialization includes obstetrics, pediatrics, new born infant and mental health care clients utilizing a body systems approach for specific systems. Integrated into the course will be the continued utilization of the nursing process and critical thinking skills to clients, of all ages, in all settings where nursing takes place. Included in this course is the culminating laboratory practicum that relates to each specialization. IV therapy and specimen collection may be integrated. Nutrition and pharmacology are integrated with related theory. Leadership training skills focus on pre- term, post-partum, mental health, growth and development assessment and medication administration. Emphasis is placed on interventions for individual health care problems utilizing the nursing process and critical thinking skills. Clinical experience includes administration of medications with nursing instructor guidance. This clinical experiences must be integrated into the class to meet the West Virginia Board of Practical Nursing educational laws and requirements.

Practical Nursing IX
This course is the clinical component of specialization in nursing care.

Practical Nursing X
This course is the clinical component of specialization in nursing care.