Nurs­ing school pitched for Eas­ton’s South Side

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Christina Tatu

A small nurs­ing school that would train cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tants and li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses in Eas­ton’s South Side was given the go-ahead by the city’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Wed­nes­day night.

The school, to be lo­cated on the se­cond floor of King Mart at 154 W. St. Joseph St., would be run by Doris Ezomo of West Or­ange, New Jersey.

Ezomo has worked as an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of nurs­ing at Kean Uni­ver­sity in New Jersey since 2017. She told plan­ners that if the Eas­ton school is ap­proved, she will move to the city.

The fa­cil­ity would include three class­rooms, a clinical lab, com­puter lab, li­brary and of­fices.

The lab would be set up like a hospi­tal and include beds with man­nequins that stu­dents could use for hands-on practice, Ezomo told plan­ners.

She ex­pects up to 100 stu­dents per year to pass through the pro­gram.

Ezomo would be the primary in­struc­tor, but she also plans to hire an ad­min­is­tra­tor who has a doc­tor­ate in nurs­ing, a pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor and eventually up to five in­struc­tors.

By the time stu­dents grad­u­ate, they would qual­ify to be cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tants or li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses who could work in lo­cal nurs­ing homes, she said.

Ezomo said she’s in com­plet­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion with the Pennsylvan­ia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for the school. She ex­pects the ap­pli­ca­tion process to take four to six months.

One of the re­quire­ments is that the school be as­so­ci­ated with a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. Ezomo said she is work­ing with the nurs­ing home ManorCare Health Ser­vices in Eas­ton, where stu­dents would go for hands-on train­ing.

ManorCare of­fi­cials, who have their cor­po­rate head­quar­ters in Toledo, Ohio, con­firmed Thurs­day evening that nurs­ing stu­dents from the new “Eas­ton Nurs­ing School” will be do­ing clinical work at the Eas­ton ManorCare.

The school will still need approval from the Eas­ton Zon­ing Hear­ing Board, which meets on Sept. 16.

Li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses have about a year of nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion that typ­i­cally cul­mi­nates in a cer­tifi­cate, whereas a regis­tered nurse, at a min­i­mum, has a two-year de­gree or three­year diploma, ac­cord­ing to Nurs­ingLi­cen­sure.org.

LPNs usu­ally help patients in nurs­ing homes and other health care fa­cil­i­ties work­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of doc­tors and regis­tered nurses. They can check a patient’s vi­tal signs, change dress­ings and pro­vide other types of basic patient care.

Other prac­ti­cal nurs­ing pro­grams are of­fered in the Le­high Val­ley at Penn State’s Cen­ter Val­ley cam­pus, Lin­coln Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute in Al­len­town, Le­high Car­bon Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and Fal­con In­sti­tute of Health and Sci­ence in Beth­le­hem.

St. Luke’s in Foun­tain Hill also of­fers a nurs­ing school.

Christina Tatu can be reached at 610-820-6583 or [email protected] .com

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