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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2014

     

    March 28, 2014

    OCVTS Practical Nursing Students Celebrate Milestone
    Jean Sullivian, March 28, 2014



    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Sixty-seven Practical Nursing students at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) reached a milestone this past week. The students received the traditional nurse's cap at a ceremony which recognized the achievements and accomplishments in completing over 868 hours of training in the first half of the comprehensive nursing program.

    A practical nurse is trained to care for acute, sub-acute, convalescent and chronically ill patients under the direction of a registered nurse and/or licensed physician.

    The current class is comprised of 54 female students and 13 male students, ranging in age from 19 to 54 years old. Many of the students are drawn to the nursing field looking to follow in the footsteps of family members or in search of a new and rewarding career while others have been inspired by the close interaction with medical professionals due to illness experienced by themselves or a loved one.

    Forty percent of the program is devoted to classroom theory and laboratory. The remaining time is devoted to clinical experience, a vital part of training. OCVTS has established agreements with over a dozen local hospitals and health care facilities which provide valuable opportunities for students to gain experience and apply classroom theory. The clinical rotations also provide networking opportunities for employment after graduation.

    Graduation is scheduled for July. At that time students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for qualification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Last year, OCVTS nursing graduates attained a 94.44% pass rate for Nursing Licensure Exam, surpassing both the state average of 73% and the national average pass rate of 84.63%. OCVTS graduates boasted the highest pass rate in the state of New Jersey.

    The OCVTS Practical Nursing Program was the first program offered at OCVTS and began in 1959. It is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Department of Education. The program, located at the OCVTS Toms River Center, has a very competitive admissions process and class sizes are limited. It is the largest vocational technical-based nursing program in New Jersey.


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