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The Marion County Healthcare Foundation recently awarded a $4,875 grant to the Marion County School of Practical Nursing program.
The money will support a three-day test preparation course for the students’ certification exam.
To become licensed practical nurses (LPN), students are required to pass a rigorous test after they have completed their educational program.
“We are very excited to add this component to our program,” said Shana Lee, coordinator of the Marion County Practical Nursing Program. “With the generosity of the Marion Healthcare Foundation we are able to offer this program to this year’s graduating class.”
The idea for the program came from the programs recent visit from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing organization. Within the final report of approval the concept of assistance for the board test was mentioned. Lee recognized the value of the recommendation and worked with Academy for Careers and Technology director Darrell Jamison to implement the idea.
“Timing was an issue,” Jameson said. “We needed money sooner than I was able to budget, so the Healthcare Foundation came to our rescue.”
The program will be built into the budget for subsequent years.