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Nursing program held at Lambton Faculty open home

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Lambton Faculty held a launch get together for its new four-year registered nursing diploma program Saturday.

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A couple of dozen individuals, together with potential college students, listened as faculty officers described the ideas, crucial pondering and medical judgment-focused diploma beginning subsequent September, amid blue ribbons, a balloon and a pinata.

Pivoting to a Sarnia-only program from one the place college students break up time on the faculty and on the College of Windsor is vital for numerous causes, mentioned nursing professor Liz Seabrook.

“Most likely the primary one is there is a demand in our group for nurses,” she mentioned.

Underneath the prevailing program — to be phased out as the brand new one takes impact — college students full their placements in Windsor and are much less more likely to keep in Sarnia, she mentioned.

“So we have misplaced these alternatives right here for them.”

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Bluewater Well being and numerous group companies in Sarnia will supply placements beneath the brand new program, she mentioned.

Bluewater Well being and others had been additionally useful in designing this system, made doable after Ontario modified the foundations in 2020 to permit provinces to supply nursing levels with out college companions, she mentioned.

Having leaders and significant thinkers who can suppose on their ft is essential, Seabrook mentioned she heard from a committee on program improvement.

Bluewater Well being representatives had been additionally on the launch get together, a part of the faculty’s annual fall open home — anticipated to attract 400 to 500 potential college students after being on maintain since 2019 amid COVID-19.

“We do want extra nurses,” mentioned Bluewater Well being chief nursing govt Shannon Landry, including Bluewater Well being “will probably be dedicated to discovering placements for these college students on the hospital.”

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The hospital group additionally had a sales space on the open home to point out jobs in healthcare are in demand, she mentioned.

“We’ll want a number of courses of graduates to fill the necessity, simply in our personal group,” Seabrook mentioned, including a two-year program is deliberate to launch in 2024 at Lambton for registered sensible nursing graduates to transition “into the (registered nursing) function, in the event that they so select.”

Additionally on the open home had been guided excursions, assist with functions, and shows from petrochemical firm representatives about trades and know-how.

“How vital they’re to the pipeline of employment right here in Sarnia-Lambton, in addition to everywhere in the province,” faculty spokesperson Diana Forbes mentioned.

It was thrilling to welcome a swell of individuals to the faculty, she mentioned.

“We have been discovering college students this yr are doing their analysis on-line earlier than they arrive,” she mentioned. “They’re very acquainted with Lambton Faculty and what we stand for and we’re simply pleased to have them right here.”

The autumn open home geared to potential college students is completely different from an open home held within the spring that is extra about inviting the group to see what’s taking place on the faculty, she mentioned.

An in-person model of that open home additionally returned, earlier this yr, from a hiatus amid COVID-19.

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