Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Get started in the fast paced world of nursing!

Practical Nurses provide direct client care in hospitals, home health agencies, physicians' offices, health clinics, and many other health care settings. The work environment is typically fast-paced and ever-changing, requiring the ability to be flexible, to adapt quickly to change, and to maintain composure while working under pressure with a high degree of initiative, creativity, motivation, and flexibility. The demand for highly qualified nurses continues to grow as the need to replace healthcare workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons continues, the population ages, and healthcare spending escalates. This demand means excellent employment opportunities for qualified nurses! Be one of them!

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Employment Opportunities

Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Physicians' Offices, Long-Term Care Facilities, Community Health Agencies, Health Clinics

Practical Nursing Majors

About this Occupation

Practical nurses provide direct client care in a variety of health care settings. They work primarily indoors and sometimes in close spaces. The work environment is fast-paced and ever changing and requires the ability to be flexible, to adapt quickly to change, and to maintain composure while working under pressure. In this occupation there is occasional to frequent exposure to communicable disease. Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids requires that personal protective equipment be worn in some circumstances. Tasks may require short term physical effort and/or prolonged exertion such as standing or walking. For success in this career, students should have a high degree of initiative, commitment, motivation, and flexibility; self-direction and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; willingness to adapt to new technologies and methods for performing work; excellent oral and written communication skills; a high degree of professionalism; time management skills; and basic computer skills.

Learn from Experienced Instructors

Sandra George

Practical Nursing instructor

Sandra George teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell Campus.

Krystal Gleese

Practical Nursing instructor

Krystal Gleese teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Krystal previously worked as a night shift relief charge nurse at Lakeside Woman's Hospital in Oklahoma City, and as a clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.

Sue Kerr

Practical Nursing instructor

Sue Kerr teaches Practical Nursing.

Kassie Medgaarden

Practical Nursing instructor

Kassie Madgaarden teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned an Associate degree in Allied Health from Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor degree in Science of Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Kassie previously worked as a register nurse at both Alliance Health in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and at OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City.

Melissa Peterson

Practical Nursing instructor

Melissa Peterson teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tulsa, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Arkansas. Melissa previously worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, and as a registered nurse – interventional radiology at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Leslie Quick

Practical Nursing instructor

Leslie Quick teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Oklahoma City, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. Leslie previously worked for Francis Tuttle as a Practical Nursing Adjunct Instructor.

LaDonna Selvidge

Practical Nursing instructor and program director

LaDonna Selvidge teaches and serves as program director in Practical Nursing.

Cari Vasfaret

Practical Nursing instructor

Cari Vasfaret teaches Practical Nursing in the Health Sciences Center at the Rockwell campus. She earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, both from North Dakota State University. Cari previously worked as a Registered Nurse Case Manager and Palliative Care at SSM Health at Home in Oklahoma City, and as a Registered Nurse Case Manager for Carter Home Health in Oklahoma City.