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WAC 246-840-539

Curriculum for practical nurse nursing education programs.

The practical nurse nursing education program of study must include both didactic and clinical learning experiences and must be:
(1) Effective September 1, 2017, designed to include prerequisite classes in the physical, biological, social and behavior sciences that are transferable to colleges and universities in the state of Washington;
(2) Planned, implemented, and evaluated by the faculty;
(3) Based on the philosophy, mission, objectives, and outcomes of the program and consistent with chapters 18.79 RCW and this chapter;
(4) Organized by subject and content to meet program outcomes;
(5) Designed to teach students to use a systematic approach to clinical decision making and safe patient care;
(6) Designed to teach students:
(a) Professional relationships and communication;
(b) Nursing ethics;
(c) Nursing history and trends;
(d) Commission approved scope of practice decision tree;
(e) Standards of practice;
(f) Licensure and legal aspects of nursing including the disciplinary process, substance abuse and professional values;
(g) Concepts and clinical practice experiences in geriatric nursing, and medical, surgical, and mental health nursing for clients throughout the life span;
(h) Concepts of antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn nursing with only an assisting role in the care of clients during labor and delivery and those with complications;
(i) Concepts and practice in the prevention of illness and the promotion, restoration, and maintenance of health in patients across the life span and from diverse cultural, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds; and
(j) AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(7) Designed to prepare graduates for licensure and to practice practical nursing as identified in WAC 246-840-700 and 246-840-705; and
(8) Designed to prepare graduates to practice according to competencies recognized by professional nursing organizations.
(a) Practical nursing courses shall include:
(i) Components of: Client needs; safe, effective care environment; health promotion and maintenance; interdisciplinary communication and collaboration; discharge planning; basics of multicultural health; psychosocial integrity; and physiological integrity.
(ii) Skills laboratory and clinical practice in the functions of the practical nurse including, but not limited to, administration of medications, implementing and monitoring client care, and promoting psychosocial and physiological health.
(iii) Concepts of coordinated care, delegation and supervision.
(b) Practical nurse programs teaching intravenous infusion therapy shall prepare graduates for national certification by a nursing professional practical nurse certifying body.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.010, 18.79.110, 18.79.150, 18.79.190, and 18.79.240. WSR 16-17-082, ยง 246-840-539, filed 8/17/16, effective 9/17/16.]
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