Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Adult Education students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program at Oswego County BOCES spend 40 weeks or 1,170 hours learning the skills needed to perform hands-on patient care.
A combination of classroom lectures, labs and clinical experiences prepares students for immediate employment opportunities in such places as home care agencies, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, hospitals, and healthcare clinics.
As the Practical Nursing students begin to enter the final weeks of their class, instructors invited two special guests to speak to students about the world of work and how to provide the best possible patient care.
Dr. Alfredo Lopez and registered nursee Kim Flomerfelt work at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse and took a break from their busy schedules to share their own professional journeys, what led them to their current positions and also provided students some sound career advice.
Lopez, the son of a migrant worker who migrated to the United States as a child, and Flomerfelt, the daughter of a family that grew up living off the land in Alaska, might have grown up in two very different worlds, but their message was the same: Take care of yourself and you will be able to provide patients with the best possible care.
“You have committed to taking care of other human beings, that is a very special thing,” Lopez said. He encouraged the students to always remember why they choose the medical profession as their career path in the first place.
Oswego County BOCES offers adult students the opportunity to take advantage of several healthcare, trades and technology career training opportunities.
To learn more about these training opportunities, visit: wwwOswegoBOCES.org/AdultEd or call the Adult Education Department at 963-4256.