The philosophy of The Rapha School Practical Nursing Program is congruent with the values from which The Rapha School and the nursing program purposes are derived.

We believe...
  • that nursing is a calling from God, and as such, a Christian Worldview encompassing the values of integrity, honesty, humility, perseverance, patience, love and compassion should be utilized in teaching the student to care holistically for individuals.
  • the individual is an integrated whole, with physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual components, in a constant state of change because of dynamic interrelationship among many variables.  An individual is involved with intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community systems. 
  • health is relative, depending on the physiological, psychological, emotional, sociocultural, spiritual, and developmental state of the individual; illness is contingent upon one's needs being met.
  • nursing is caring for the total human being by meeting the individual's physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs.  We believe nursing has evolved to meet the needs of individuals holistically as well as being sensitive to the spiritual and cultural needs of the individual's family or significant others. 
  • nursing is a highly developed art that requires specialized judgment and skill based on knowledge and application of principles of nursing derived from biological, physical, spiritual and social sciences. 
  • practical nursing is an integral part of the multidisciplinary health care team performing selected nursing actions under the direction of a licensed professional nurse, physician, or dentist which do not require the specialized skill, judgment and knowledge required in professional nursing. 
  • that the opportunity to prepare for practical nursing should be available to any individual regardless of age, race, sex, religion, creed, state of health, sexual orientation, or national origin.
  • learning is developed through experience, practice, and insights.  Critical thinking, reasoning, problem‑solving/decision‑ making skills, and competency in new skills are all phases of the learning process.  Guided by the Faculty, through selected planned experiences based on objectives that proceed from the simple to the more complex, the learner should be self‑motivated to use this active process of learning in order to gain the knowledge and skill required to perform practical nursing safely and competently.  This process provides the opportunity for realistic practice with ongoing feedback, critique and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on self-evaluation and recognition by the student of the need for continuing education and self- improvement. 
  • that all education, and nursing education are a dynamic process. Nursing education  should provide learning experiences that will enable students to develop knowledge of biological and social sciences, and problem‑solving/ decision‑making skills to promote the health of all individuals.
  • the practical nursing student should be prepared to utilize the nursing process in order to deliver effective nursing care appropriate to the practical nurses' role as part of the multidisciplinary health care team to benefit the community where they practice.
  • education is a life‑long process and encourage each individual student to continue development of learned knowledge and skills after completion of the program, through planned educational programs and membership in professional organizations. 
  • the practical nursing program should be systematically reviewed and evaluated on a continual basis in order to evaluate that the stated program objectives, namely the development of a competent entry-level practical nurse, are being met.
Objectives
The program is planned for the graduate of the The Rapha School Practical Nursing Program to:
    1. 
Accept the client as a member of society with individual spiritual, psychological and physical needs that develop from      interaction with the community and the environment.
    2. Utilize the steps of the nursing process in the delivery of direct, individualized nursing care for clients in a variety of          health care settings.
    3. Share in the direct care of patients, assisting with nursing interventions that provide for client participation in health        promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
    4. Identify community resources available to assist with nursing interventions for clients.
    5. Utilize appropriate communication techniques to facilitate therapeutic interpersonal relationships.
    6. Practice nursing within the ethical/legal guidelines established for practical nursing.
    7. Identify learning as a life-long process.
    8. Evaluate the need for ongoing personal and professional growth.
    9. Utilize critical thinking as the problem-solving method for delivery of nursing care.
    10. Become a competent, entry-level practitioner.