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Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program continues
to educate locals for in demand LPN jobs by adapting

March 23, 2017



LPN students
The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing is hosting three upcoming open houses from 6-8 p.m. on March 28, April 25 and May 23 at the Remington Educational Complex at 77 E. North St. in Ilion. Pictured, in front: part-time day student Simona Ibrahimi. Back, left: full-time student Jose Alvarado. Back, right: Julianna Harrison.


ILION – At a time when the need for licensed practical nurses is increasing and the availability of nursing schools is decreasing, the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program has survived by evolving.

Herkimer BOCES offers part-time classes during days or evenings for adults who want to train to become LPNs around their work schedules. Last school year, the program also changed its full-time class from 10 months to 12 months in order to integrate it with the part-time classes.

The result is that the program remains a success and can continue to prepare people for local jobs.

“There is a tremendous need for LPNs in the area,” Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program Coordinator Sara Nicolette said. “Our graduates go out and work.”

The Herkimer BOCES adult practical nursing program is hosting three upcoming open houses from 6-8 p.m. on March 28, April 25 and May 23 at the Remington Educational Complex at 77 E. North St. in Ilion. Those interested in becoming LPN students will have the opportunity to meet Nicolette and other faculty, talk with a financial aid representative, tour the facility and see a part-time evening class in session.

The open houses also are open to the general public, and past graduates are welcome to return to visit.
Nicolette, who is a member of the New York State Board of Nursing, said there is a statewide decrease in LPN schools available despite an increase in demand for qualified people to fill LPN jobs. There has been concern about the closing schools because LPNs are needed at nursing homes, outpatient clinics, geriatric settings, homecare settings and more.

One way Herkimer BOCES has been able to keep its full-time class available is by shifting it from 10 months to 12 months starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Now, full-time students take anatomy and physiology and fundamentals of nursing classes in the summer, finishing them up in September and October. The rest of the school year, they now take their pharmacology and adult health classes with the part-time students and do all their clinical work with them.

“Integration is the key to longevity,” Nicolette said. “It allows us to make the best use of our finances and our faculty. It makes sure that all student seats are full.”

For information about applying for the full-time, part-time day or part-time evening classes, call 315-867-2206 or visit lpn.herkimerboces.schoolfusion.us or www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCESLPN.





 
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