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July 26, 2010

Nursing Students Get A Taste Of Work World


By Brandon Keller

Taking part in the practical nursing program are, first row from left, Stephanie Gravois, Ralaiya Hall, Lauren Wilson, Hollie Mancuso, Hannah Hofmann, Robin Baltz, and Whitney Day; and second row, instructor Charlesse Burks, Sara James, Keri Knapp, Naquella Russell, Rosie Kiper with St. Elizabeth Hospital, RPCC Foundation Board Member Hickley Waguespack, Brandi Landry, Rachelle Price, Jauwana Johnson, Damonique Daniels, and Department Head Shelly Martinez.
Taking part in the practical nursing program are, first row from left, Stephanie Gravois, Ralaiya Hall, Lauren Wilson, Hollie Mancuso, Hannah Hofmann, Robin Baltz, and Whitney Day; and second row, instructor Charlesse Burks, Sara James, Keri Knapp, Naquella Russell, Rosie Kiper with St. Elizabeth Hospital, RPCC Foundation Board Member Hickley Waguespack, Brandi Landry, Rachelle Price, Jauwana Johnson, Damonique Daniels, and Department Head Shelly Martinez.
Brandon Keller
Students enrolled in the nursing assistant program are, first row from left, Heather Elkins, London Burns, Rhonda Macklin, Melissa Thornton, Shakeila Bazile and Bridget Malain; and, second row, Gardenia Taylor, Kala Holber, Rosie Kiper with St. Elizabeth Hospital, RPCC Foundation Board Member Hickley Waguespack, Instructor Sandy Bourgeois, Epeka Wenzy and Gladys Lopez.
Students enrolled in the nursing assistant program are, first row from left, Heather Elkins, London Burns, Rhonda Macklin, Melissa Thornton, Shakeila Bazile and Bridget Malain; and, second row, Gardenia Taylor, Kala Holber, Rosie Kiper with St. Elizabeth Hospital, RPCC Foundation Board Member Hickley Waguespack, Instructor Sandy Bourgeois, Epeka Wenzy and Gladys Lopez.
Brandon Keller

Students enrolled in nursing programs at Louisiana Technical College – Ascension Campus, now part of River Parishes Community College, recently received a firsthand look at what’s in store for them in their future profession.

The students were given a tour of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales as part of an orientation program.  During the next few weeks, the students will perform clinical rotations at the hospital.

“Overall the students were impressed with the advanced technology and friendliness of the staff,” Shelly Martinez, coordinator of the practical nursing program, said.

RPCC offers two different programs for students interested in nursing. The nursing assistant program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. Nursing assistants work under the supervision of a professional nursing staff.

The practical nursing program prepares students to meet the requirements to become a licensed practical nurse, more commonly known as a LPN. The program consists of classroom and lab instruction. In addition, students participate in supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies.

Students in the practical nursing program will experience what it is like to work in a hospital emergency room, intensive care unit and surgical unit during their rotations at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The nursing assistant students began classes in May and will complete the program by the end of August. The next certified nursing assistant program starts in August.

Students in the practical nursing program have been studying since March to become LPNs. They will complete the program in May 2011.







River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.