Jamestown LPN Program To Hold Blood Drive Tuesday

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Licensed Practical Nursing Program in Jamestown will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The blood drive will support the nonprofit Community Blood Bank and all supplies collected will stay in the community to help local medical facilities such as WCA Hospital in Jamestown and Brookes Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. This is the time of year organizations such as the Community Blood Bank need donors the most, but the region has been hit especially hard the past few weeks by a combination of factors that has resulted in a critical blood shortage and donors are urgently needed, according to the Community Blood Bank.

The LPN program is located at the Jamestown Health Career Training Center on the Jones Memorial Health Center campus in Jamestown. The program recently celebrated the accomplishments and achievements of one of its largest and most active graduating Licensed Practical Nursing classes in recent memory.

A total of 33 graduates came from throughout Chautauqua County to train for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) at the Jamestown Health Career Training Center through the E2CCB School of Practical Nursing. For 12 months, the students were prepared for careers at hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, long-term care facilities and other medical institutions. This intensive, year-round course prepares students to perform basic bedside care, gather patient information, monitor a patient’s vital signs, collect samples, assist with tests and laboratory procedures, prepare and administer injections, and perform other essential health care functions.

Not only was this one of the largest LPN classes, but it was also one of the most active. Students participated in a drill that helped the staff at Jones Memorial Health Center prepare for a disaster that would necessitate the immediate transportation of patients. They “adopted” a local family for the holiday season. They donated several large boxes of food to the St. Susan Center. They also raised more than $500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma charity in Jamestown.

Graduates included Tammy Harper, Rochelle Hallett, Sara Graham, Jennifer Faison, Jessica Dutton, Michelle Davis, Laurie Cash, Sabrina Anderson, Bobbie Longoria, Brandy Lindblade, Sarah Knuth, Kristine Keller, Sabrina Keith, Martha Kachermeyer, Julie Johnston, Lauren Heil, Michelle Richards, Madison Rasmussen, Jenna Zuzek, Heather Nobling, Michelle Wilson, Christopher Walz, Shaniece Neal, Rickey Walters, Trevor Mullard, Michelle Veres, Paige Mullard, Gabriel Vaughn, Kimberley Morse, Heather Stanford, Brianna Minor, Shauna Rodriquez and Jacquelyn McArthur.

The School of Practical Nursing is part of the E2CCB Adult & Community Education Division, which oversees a variety of educational programs for students outside the elementary and secondary level.

This includes Literacy, English as a Second Language, Business & Industry Training, Pre-Kindergarten, and specialized Career & Technical Training programs such as Commercial Truck Driving, Welding and Phlebotomy.

In addition to the Jamestown site, E2CCB LPN programs are offered at the Cassadaga Job Corps site in Cassadaga, the Hoag Educational Center site in Angola and the New Hope site in Buffalo. Upon completion of the 12-month program, students are prepared and eligible to take the New York State LPN licensing exam.

For more information about E2CCB LPN programs, call 947-9057.