Practical Nursing Program in Aurora, CO
The Practical Nursing program at Pickens Technical College will provide an unsurpassed, equitable, quality education that prepares the learner to become a member of the profession of nursing. Principles and skills of patient care in the following areas include: medical-surgical, maternal-infant, pediatric, and geriatric nursing. Supervised clinical experience courses related to these areas are part of the program curriculum. Upon successful completion of this program the student will receive a certificate and then be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing.
Instructor Shannon Fries
Shannon Fries MS, RN is the Director of the Nursing Education Program at Pickens Technical College who works with students to ensure success in the practical nursing program.
Miss Shannon has taught at Pickens since August, 2015. She came to Pickens originally as a student in 1988 and received her certificate in practical nursing in 1989.
Miss Shannon has worked as a nurse since 1989 in various areas including long-term care, bedside hospital care, rehabilitation, mental health, insurance case management, and hospital case management. Miss Shannon’s most recent nursing experience was in hospital case management.
Miss Shannon holds a Practical Nursing Certificate from Pickens Technical College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University Phoenix, and a Masters Degree in Nursing Leadership from Regis University.
MESSAGE FROM MISS SHANNON
Miss Shannon feels that Pickens Technical College is a place where lives are changed and circumstances are improved. She knows this to be true through her own personal experience.
INSTRUCTOR: KEITH GARRETT
Keith has taught at Pickens for 3 years in the Simulation Program providing instruction in holistic patient care through a hands on approach. Keith says that teaching students about holistic care is very important because it allows students to practice their clinical judgment and critical thinking skills which are key elements of today’s healthcare professional.
Keith graduated from the Practical Nursing program at Pickens Technical College. Additionally, he holds an Associate of Science in Biology from Arapahoe Community College. Keith is a CTE Certified Teacher in both secondary and post-secondary education in the state of Colorado. Keith is also a BLS certified instructor through the American Heart Association.
As a Practical Nurse, Keith’s background is in addiction treatment, social work and home healthcare. He enjoys nursing because it gives him the opportunity to be of service to others.
MESSAGE FROM KEITH
Keith feels that the best thing about Pickens is the equitable and accessible approach to education. Pickens students are given high quality education by industry professionals who are passionate and who are true experts in their respective fields.
Instructor Elizabeth Reynolds
Elizabeth Reynolds is a registered nurse who works with students who want to become LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse)
Miss Elizabeth has taught at Pickens since 2015. She came to Pickens with over 40 years of nursing experience, having worked in hospitals, on mental health units, in primary care, in urban (Philadelphia) and rural (Hugo, Co) areas. She has worked all over the US, from the east coast to Utah. In addition, Miss Elizabeth has worked with special populations; including pediatrics, the homeless, mentally ill prisoners, HIV clients, and geriatrics. She continues to work in Long Term Care to keep current on what the LPN student needs to be able to do each day at work.
She has also taught nursing students for over 13 years at Concorde, Denver School of Nursing and at National American University.
Recently she has presented information on the diversity within the Pickens student body to two national groups of nursing educators.
MESSAGE FROM MISS ELIZABETH:
Miss Elizabeth says “I bring a special level of understanding to teaching non-traditional students and meeting needs created by their special circumstances, having started nursing in an ADN program, raising a family and going back to get my Masters degree as a single parent while living far from any family.”
Miss Elizabeth feels that Pickens Technical College is a phenomenal place to start on the carer path of nursing especially as a multi-language user or a non-traditional student.
Instructor Jane Idika
Jane Idika MSN, BSN, RN is an instructor, focusing on the fundamentals of nursing. She coordinates the Clinical Program here at Pickens and she works with students to prepare them for their nursing assessments.
When Miss Jane began her nursing career in Nigeria, she was also a nun with the Holy Family Sisters of the Needy. Miss Jane obtained her BSN in Nursing and Midwifery in Owerri, Nigeria and then she opened a Holy Family Maternity Clinic in Owerri at the convent where she lived. She served as the Nursing Supervisor there. Miss Jane also worked at a clinic in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Miss Jane has world-wide healing experience in various countries. Her vocation has taken her to Dublin, Ireland, Domiabra, Ghana, as well as Sierra Leone and West Africa. She worked in hospitals during this time and also in Longterm Care.
After coming to the US, Miss Jane had to start both her education and her career all over again. She began studying Practical Nursing at Pickens Tech and then worked as an LPN for Spalding Rehabilitation in Aurora and for Kindred Longterm Care in Aurora.
Miss Jane then studied to become an RN at the Community College of Denver. She worked as a supervisor at Iliff Care Center and Kindred Healthcare. Having both acute and longterm experience, Miss Jane worked as a Clinical Coordinator at the Colorado State Veteran’s Home before returning back to Pickens to teach nursing.
Miss Jane BSN was trained in Nursing and Midwifery at the School of Health Technology Aba, in Owerri, Nigeria, in 1982.
Miss Jane studied Practical Nursing at Pickens Tech in 1996. She then went to the Community College of Denver to obtain her RN degree. Eventually, Miss Jane went to the University of Texas at Arlington to get her BSN in nursing.
Miss Jane then obtained her Master’s Degree at Aspen University in Nursing Administration and Management. She is currently enrolled at Aspen University (In Denver) to obtain her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice.)
MESSAGE FROM MISS JANE
As a teacher, Miss Jane enjoys watching the students while they are developing their nursing skills. Miss Jane loves supporting “Tomorrow’s Healers.”
Obviously, Pickens Tech College is very lucky to have Miss Jane as an instructor.