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Nursing field still attracting students in the Mohawk Valley

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) held their final open house of the year, showing prospective students how they could enter into a flexible and stable career in healthcare.

Almost 100 high school students, college students, as well as adults attended the open house to learn more about careers or even second careers in nursing.

"You always need a nurse and there's so much flexibility with what you can do with that career," says Instructor Doreen Rogers explaining that they train students to work not just in the hospital but as EMTs, homecare nurses, or nurse educators.

Many prospective students were interested in SECON's evening and weekend program which allows students to continue their work schedules or child care during the week.

One of the strengths of the over 100 year program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component, where students spend over 600 hours combining what they learn in the classroom with actual nursing practice.

"We have a high board pass rate which is significant in this field, employers look for our graduates routinely," says Rogers.

St.Elizabeth College of Nursing is one of the first hospital-based nursing programs to receive dual accreditation by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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