Exciting things are happening here at Dorsey Schools. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a Practical Nurse training program at our Saginaw, MI campus. To help kick off this exciting announcement, today we would like to introduce you to the director of our Practical Nurse program at the Saginaw, MI campus, Ms. Shannon Krolikowski.
Meet the Director of Nursing at our Saginaw, 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. Take a look below and read more about what she had to say!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your background (education and work history)?
A: “I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University and my Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in nursing education from the University of Phoenix. While I was in undergraduate school, I worked as a nurse extern on the Oncology Unit at MidMichigan Health. After graduating with my BSN, I spent a brief amount of time as a Progressive Care Unit nurse and then went on to spend the next 13 years as a Labor & Delivery Unit nurse. While I was a Labor & Delivery Unit nurse, I also enacted the role of a nursing clinical adjunct instructor at both MidMichigan Community College and Davenport University. I then moved on to teach full-time as a nurse educator at Davenport University. First, as the Simulation Lab & Clinical Coordinator and second, as the Associate Chair of the Bachelor of Science and Licensed Practical Nursing programs.”
Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career in nursing?
A: “Many of my family members are nurses. My grandmother, aunt, and sister are all nurses who were positive role models and made me want to become a nurse as well. I also love babies and the concept of labor and delivery nursing.”
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in nursing?
A: “Be open to any aspect of nursing. I have witnessed my nursing students who walked through the doors only wanting to become one type of nurse and would not give any consideration to other types of nursing. I believe it is important to keep one’s options many and varied. One never knows where they may find their true passion.”
Q: What are some of the best things about the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
A: “I believe the best aspects of the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools are the perks of the program itself. Also, the Saginaw campus has brand new, user-friendly nursing labs just waiting to be used by students!”
Q: What topics will students be exposed to in the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools?
A: “The topics the students will be exposed to in the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools include Computer Applications, Medical Terminology, Fundamentals, Health Assessment, Applied Math for Nursing/Dosages and Calculations, Pharmacology, Geriatric Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternal/Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health, Professionalism in Nursing, and Leadership. These topics will be delivered to the student within the classroom, lab, and clinical setting!”
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 nursing.
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 the 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.
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