Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

February 27, 2013

Inspired Education

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — SHELBY — It’s not easy to become a licensed practical nurse, especially if one has commitments that take priority, but it’s not an impossible task.

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES Licensed Practical Nursing Program is the ideal fit for someone looking to be a nurse, but has limited time because of work or family commitments, says teacher Marilyn Fleischman.

“This program is geared to offer an education that allows our students to support their families and honor their job commitments while getting their education.”

The continuing education program is comprised of 710 hours of theory and 510 hours of clinical training. At the end of the programs students take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination so that they can become an LPN. 

The reasons differ about why people sign up for the continuing education program, but for the most part it is either to achieve a lifetime dream or to have more job security. Todd Harris says he has always been interested in the medical field.

“The LPN program was just the easiest place to start,” Harris, who lives in Ransomville, said. “I really like the class and teacher and it’s very in-depth. I am definitely going on with my education and becoming a registered nurse.”

Classmates Diane Woodall and Nicole Szatkowski said they have already been working in the medical field and were looking for the next step.

“This was definitely the next logical move for me. I find it so stimulating and interesting,” Lyndonville resident Woodall said. “I think what I really like about it is that I can take this education and move anywhere and get a job. That is so appealing to me because I would love to move to Florida and get away from this cold weather.”

Nicole said she is currently working as a home health aide and was looking for something that would pay better.

“The facility I work for has really encouraged me for years to do this,” Szatkowski, a Lockport resident, said. “They are very supportive of me getting more knowledge and being able to progress there. They are really great.”

“I love the class, but it is really a lot of information. Sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode,” she laughs.

Fleischman says many of her students love the class so much they go on to pursue being a RN.

“They always express a sense of accomplishment and pride at having reached this goal. It is really intense, but I have never had a student say that they weren’t glad that they took this program,” Fleischman said.

For more information on the Licensed Practical Nursing Program, contact Terry Josker at 1-800-836-7510, ext. 4445 or tjosker@onboces.org.

Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.