FISHKILL - Newburgh Free Academy seniors recently celebrated the culmination of their internship held at Elant in Fishkill as part of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Nurse Aide Training Program.
According to Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Director of Career Readiness John Etri, the program, a facet of the Health and Human Services Academy, is open to seniors and prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside care is needed. Curriculum is mandated by the New York State Department of Health and includes the required clinical hours in a nursing facility. The program is located at the NFA North Campus.
The mission of the Health and Human Services Academy is to provide programs that prepare students to enter the work force and/or post-secondary education as they explore human service careers.
Of the program, NFA Nurse Aide Program Instructor Linda Romano said, "As a nurse and a teacher of healthcare, I am blessed with the opportunity to be part of the success of each student. I am honored to have been their teacher and I know that they will make a difference in the lives of others. Our students will graduate with a New York State Nurse Aide Certification, 90% will be continuing education in college both locally and out of state, many have received scholarships, and all of my students are being interviewed for jobs before they graduate. In addition, Elant will be coming to NFA to interview and hire several of our students following the program. These students are the definition of the word ‘success’ and I am so very proud of them."