CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) — Trumbull Career and Technical Center is dropping its Licensed Practical Nursing program next year.
The decision was made after a recent ruling by the Ohio State Board of Nursing, which decided to withdraw its approval of the LPN program at the school because of paperwork that was submitted late. TCTC officials said they could have fought the ruling, but said the trend for hiring LPN’s is quickly becoming a profession of the past.
“But the more we looked at what was happening with the profession and this being what would have been our third year of having a decline in enrollment because there are others offering LPN programs out there, we had less and less students applying for the program itself,” said Vicki Thompson, adult education director for TCTC.
Thompson said hospitals are now looking for registered nurses with their bachelor’s degrees.
“As part of an LPN program, you have to be able to provide clinicals to the students in hospital settings and we know the hospitals’ accreditations are calling for RN’s. So we are having a more and more difficult time to find clinical sites for our nurses,” Thompson said. ‘The board of nursing requires they have clinical experiences that include things like obstetrics and pediatrics. You are not going to get that in the nursing care facility, so it’s harder and harder to get the facilities, such as a hospital, to get that experience.”
Colleges and universities like Kent State Trumbull said hospitals today are looking for more registered nurses to fill their ranks.
“More bachelor degree nurses and obviously they want all the basics, good communication skills. They want students who can speak freely and openly with patients and tell them why they are in the hospital,” said Dr. James Ritter, director of enrollment management for Kent State Trumbull.
There is an LPN class that will graduate in June and another class that will graduate in December. Those students will not be affected by the change, but no new enrollment is being accepted.
Thompson said a new exercise science program will take the place of the LPN program.