Gallen Career Center Health Science Program Graduates 19 LNA Students

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Recent graduates of the Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center’s Health Science Technologies Nursing Assistant Program are: front row from left, Tori Rosebush, Hannah Loveland, Ashley Hill, Francia Bedard, Julia Winn, Amy Boulanger, Cora Stapleton, Cristeena Monahan, Amanda Rines and Darianna Dietlein; second row, Brianna Hartford, Keegan McFarland, Andrew Knighton, Alyssa Keefe, Nicole Schmidt, Chantel Descoteaux, Rosemary Hubbard and Angel Kenison.

LITTLETON, N.H. -- The Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center's Health Science Technologies Program recently announced that 19 students successfully completed the Nursing Assistant Program this school year. The students have been studying for two years to complete the Health Science's career track. The Gallen Career Center is a regional center and students attend from Littleton, Whitefield, Lancaster, Groveton, North Stratford, Jefferson, Twin Mountain, Bethlehem, Sugar Hill, Lisbon, Bath and Lincoln.

The Licensed Nurse Assistant Program is approved by the NH Board of Nursing and the Gallen Career Center has been offering this course of study to second year Health Science Technology students. Gail Minor-Babin RN, MEd, CMP, has served as the LNA program coordinator, as well as a clinical instructor for the past 11 years, and William Demers RN has been the LNA instructor for the past two years. A total of 150 students have completed the LNA Program since its inception in 2002. Many of them have gone on to careers in nursing and other health professions, as well as working as LNA's in area health care facilities.

This program would not be successful without the support of the area health care facilities agreeing to offer the clinical experience required for the state licensed program. Student's complete clinical hours with an approved State Board of Nursing instructor at the following facilities: Littleton Regional Hospital, Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield, Country Village Health Care Center in Lancaster, Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster and the Lafayette Center in Franconia.

The Health Science Technologies Programs are based on rigorous national and state standards, giving students a firm grounding in the science of health studies, medical and legal ethics, safety and infection control, BBP and HIPAA Education, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and basic clinical skills. Students must demonstrate proficiency in 55 competencies in order to receive their program certificate in Health Sciences. As part of the Health Science Program, students may also take college credits in Medical Terminology and Exercise Science through the Running Start Program, in affiliation with White Mountain Community College and Manchester Community College.

For more information about the LNA Program or the Health Science Technologies Program of studies, please contact Gail Minor-Babin RN or William Demers RN at the Hugh J. Gallen Career and Technical Center at 603-444-5186.

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