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BOCES Practical Nursing Class Performs Pediatric Assessments

Students in the Adult Education Practical Nursing program at Oswego County BOCES recently participated in a pediatric assessment lab where they were given a hands-on opportunity to obtain and record crucial patient information. PN student Jackie Alton is pictured above checking her son Ben’s pulse during the pediatric assessment.

Oswego County BOCES Practical Nursing student Crystal Thompson measures the circumference of her son Noah’s head and obtains his weight during a pediatric assessment lab in the program recently.

Students in the Oswego County BOCES Adult Education Practical Nursing 2009 – 2010 class are nearing the completion of their 1184-hour educational program. Curriculum in the program includes modules in Drug Administration/Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and in addition to classroom instruction, students participate in clinical experiences and pediatric assessment labs such as the one held at OCB on March 22nd.

Pediatric assessment labs give students a hands-on opportunity to obtain and record crucial patient information such as: vision and hearing testing, height, weight, vital signs, bowel sounds, heart and lung sounds and BMI. Most of the students used their own children in the hands-on lab to gather the information, and some even “borrowed” children from friends and family. The children ranged in age from infant to teenager and seemed happy to assist and especially enjoyed visiting the classroom where their parent attends school.

For information about the Practical Nursing class or other adult educational programs at Oswego County BOCES, contact Donna Donabella, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development at 963-4256.

OCB Students Look To The Future

MEXICO, NY – The Adult Education Practical Nursing Program at Oswego County BOCES recently braved the cold, snowy weather to gather with friends, family, and OCB representatives in a Recognition, Pinning and Graduation Ceremony at the school.

Three classes were recognized for their achievements in the program including Nurse Assistant, CNA Recognition and Spring Practical Nursing Pinning and Fall Practical Nurse graduation.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program at BOCES are front row, from left: Trisha Baker, Nicole Bogan, Juliette Busco, Alexa Button, Tammy Comstock, Duane Crapser, John Folorunsho, Candice Greenleaf, Amanda Henderson, Heather House, Kristin Johnson, Katrina Landers, Stacey Lawton, Sheila Leotta, Renee Lewis, Steven Lieske, Ashley Linn, Louis McClure, Susan Meagher, Christine Monroe, David O’Brien, Ryan Palmer, Tami Rosetti, Stacey Sheary, Sara Sheffield, Delores Singleton, Christina Swain, Nicole Swanson and Carola Waltris.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program at BOCES are front row, from left: Trisha Baker, Nicole Bogan, Juliette Busco, Alexa Button, Tammy Comstock, Duane Crapser, John Folorunsho, Candice Greenleaf, Amanda Henderson, Heather House, Kristin Johnson, Katrina Landers, Stacey Lawton, Sheila Leotta, Renee Lewis, Steven Lieske, Ashley Linn, Louis McClure, Susan Meagher, Christine Monroe, David O’Brien, Ryan Palmer, Tami Rosetti, Stacey Sheary, Sara Sheffield, Delores Singleton, Christina Swain, Nicole Swanson and Carola Waltris.

The Nurse Assistant class is a 125-hour program where students learn how to care for the elderly and chronically ill in nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals as nurse assistants.

The graduates are now eligible to take the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Certification Examination.

The following students received their recognition for successful completion of the program: Erin N. Brancato, Desiree Caza, Cindy L. Francis, Erika Knapp, Gina Losert, Debra Main, Robin McGrew, Diane McManus, Adaline Moody, Annette M. Pittsley, Jennifer N. Prunner, Anne Syler and Lee Ann Wallace.

Receiving their recognition and pins for Nurse Assistant completion and continuing on for the Practical Nursing program were: Jackie Alton, Melissa Barry, Joshua D. Belser, Tanya Boyer, Michael Callahan, Mary Dalton-Zacharewski, Melissa Dawley, Courtney DeVere, Mary Anne Dolan, Brittney Dornes, Erika Edinger, Issac Folorunsho, Jacqueline Goodman-McHugh, Janelle Granger, Dawn Haynes, Tina Hover, Shelley Jones, Nicole Martin, Debra Mazzoli, Christopher Orakwue, Daniel W. Orr, Kristen Potter, Amanda Pratt, Kelsey Rose, Tania Ruttan, Rhonda Schmeling, Shelley Steele, Antigony Stout, Sara Taylor, Tina Vezzose, Jackie Wagar, Monica B. Wallace, Whitney Webb and  Callie Woodmancy.

Twenty-nine students successfully completed the Fall Practical Nursing program.

The 1,176-hour program is divided into three phases. Phase one includes the Nurse Assistant certification, while phases two and three include medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, pharmacology, mental health, nutrition and phlebotomy.

The following students successfully completed the program and are now eligible to take the New York State Licensure Examination: Trisha Baker, Nicole Bogan, Juliette Busco, Alexa Button, Tammy Comstock, Duane Crapser, John Folorunsho, Candice Greenleaf, Amanda Henderson, Heather House, Kristin Johnson, Katrina Landers, Stacey Lawton, Sheila Leotta, Renee Lewis, Steven Lieske, Ashley Linn, Louis McClure, Susan Meagher, Christine Monroe, David O’Brien, Ryan Palmer, Tami Rosetti, Stacey Sheary, Sara Sheffield, Delores Singleton, Christina Swain, Nicole Swanson and Carola Waltris.

Awards and honors included naming the class valedictorian Sheila Leotta and salutatorian Amanda Henderson.

OCB Board of Education President John Shelmidine lit the candles in the symbolic ceremony inducting the students into the National Technical Honor Society.

National Technical Honor Society consideration requires not only a high GPA but students must be recommended by their teachers and have an absentee rate of less than 5%.

NTHS honorees are recognized for outstanding student achievement in the following areas: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship and leadership.

Students inducted into the NTHS were Tammy Comstock, Candice Greenleaf, Amanda Henderson, Stacey Lawton, Sheila Leotta, Christine Monroe, Stacey Sheary and Nicole Swanson.

For more information about the Practical Nursing program or any other adult education offering, contact Donna Donabella, director of Adult Education and Workforce Development at 963-4256 or visit www.oswegoboces.org

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