Exciting things are happening at Dorsey Schools. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a Practical Nurse program at our Roseville, MI campus (a branch campus of Madison Heights). To help kick off this exciting announcement, today we would like to introduce you to the director of our Practical Nurse program at Roseville’s campus: Ms. Lukesha Ledbetter-Lee.
Meet the Director of Nursing at our Roseville, MI Campus
We recently sat down with her for a Q&A style interview in hopes of learning about her professional background and more about the program. Here is what she had to say:
Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.
A: “I have been a registered nurse for 11 years, earning an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Henry Ford Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. I have been employed at Henry Ford Hospital since 1995; initially as a certified medical assistant, a graduate nurse in 2004, and as a Registered Nurse in the cardiac unit starting in 2005, and I remain on staff at Henry Ford as a weekend contingent RN. I was also employed as a supervising RN in Case Manager at a home healthcare agency.”
“My experience includes 5 years of teaching as both a didactic and clinical instructor for patient care technician and practical nurse students, winning Dorsey School’s Distinguished Instructor Award in 2014 for the Waterford-Pontiac, MI campus. I’ve also held the position of clinical coordinator for Dorsey Schools Madison Heights Practical Nurse program coordinating the placement of all practical nurse students for clinical prep courses, developing and maintaining relationships with clinical sites, assisting with hiring of nursing staff, and monitoring the effectiveness of the clinical instructors.”
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in nursing?
A: “I never considered becoming a nurse. My original career path with computer technology. I went to Ross Medical School following my best friend to become a Medical Assistant. I soared through the program and found a connection in the healthcare field. The late Dr. Urberg and the late Sylvia Williams identified my strength and dedication to my colleagues and my patients.”
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in nursing?
A: “Always remember the opportunity to change a patient's life is in your hands. Life is so rewarding when you can give back to people of all walks of life. It is important to stay committed to improving your knowledge. Know that it is natural to be overwhelmed, but know your limitations. Take care of yourself while you are taking care of others.”
Q: What are some of the best things about the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
A: “Some of the best things about Dorsey’s Practical Nurse program are:
- Fast-paced program
- The faculty, education, and clinical experience
- Various locations
- Community involvement
Q: What topics will students be exposed to in the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Medical and Surgical
- Geriatric Nursing
- Clinical experience in various settings
The Practical Nurse certificate program at Dorsey Schools includes comprehensive classroom education and practical hands-on training designed to help our students prepare for rewarding careers in the medical field.
Training in this program includes:
- Comprehensive coverage of cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral learning disciplines.
- Practical nurse skills and responsibilities, including patient care, assist with patient education, managing team nursing care delivery, and the supervision of unlicensed assistive personnel.
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills, with a focus on legal, ethical, moral, and cultural issues in current healthcare environment.
- Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout their academic program, which will provide them with a range of experiences in diverse populations, organizations, and agencies.
- Students who successfully complete this program will receive a Practical Nurse certificate and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam, they may become licensed as a Practical Nurse. Licensure as a Practical Nurse is required for employment by the State of Michigan.
Do you want to learn more about the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools? You can request info online or give us a call at 888-422-1188.
Reviewed and edited 12/6/17