The Ochsner Health System has partnered with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) on a new Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare individuals with healthcare backgrounds for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).
The first class was recently honored during a Pinning Ceremony at Ochsner Health Center-Covington.
The Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program is an outcome of a 2016 federal grant awarded to the LWC to increase the state’s number of Registered Apprenticeship programs. The grant was developed as a direct response to the need for LPNs at Ochsner and throughout the healthcare care industry.
The inaugural class completed the program with 100 percent of the students passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for practical nurses. Each graduate is employed by Ochsner in hospitals and clinical facilities across the system.
The pilot LPN apprenticeship is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. This 12-month program offered through NTCC features classroom and clinical components. Upon completion, graduates earn a technical diploma in practical nursing.
“This MA to LPN program has given NTCC the opportunity to design and provide a non-traditional accelerated program for this unique population,” said Lori Sterling, BSN, RN, lead instructor of health sciences nursing, NTCC-Hammond Campus. “Aligning with our mission, we were able to work closely with Ochsner to accommodate and meet the needs of our community, industry and the individual students for quality workforce training.”
For more information about the Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program, visit www.ochsner.org/careers.