ROCHESTER — Superintendent Kyle Repucci and Director of Career Technology Education Michele Halligan-Foley are pleased to share that the Rochester School Department is once again partnering with Frisbie Memorial Hospital to provide additional, hands-on training opportunities to Licensed Nursing Assistant students.
The “Friday at Frisbie” program is open to all LNA and Spaulding students who are interested in experiencing all facets of hospital operations and to collaborate with health-care professionals. Students shadow these professionals where they receive knowledge critical to the advancement of their career interest.
About 12 students are taking part in the LNA program this year. To be licensed, an LNA needs at least 60 hours of hands-on practical training, and pass a state licensure examination. Rochester students will receive at least 60 hours of training, both at Frisbie and at a long-term care facility.
Frisbie Hospital also has agreed to donate supplies and older equipment, allowing LNA students to practice their skills in their Health Science Technology classrooms at R. W. Creteau Technology Center.
The District and Hospital have collaborated to provide this training for many years, but the program was placed on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“We are grateful to reenergize this important initiative with Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and thank them for their support and generosity,” said Director Halligan-Foley. “Nursing is a high-demand field in New Hampshire. Our students are receiving experience in a variety of settings and will start on the pathway to employment in their chosen field.”