Nursing school pitched for Easton’s South Side
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.
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