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Nashua High partners with Southern New Hampshire Health providing students with hands-on learning

By Staff | Feb 29, 2024

Shown, from left, are Rafaela Cadete, Xiadani De La Lima, Registered Nurse Lori Chisholm, Olivia Karuru and Katryna Simmons. Courtesy photo/Southern New Hampshire Health

NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Health continues its commitment to nurturing the next generation of health care professionals by providing crucial support to the Nashua High School Careers and Technical Education – Health Occupations program. This program, a popular choice among students, allows them to delve into the world of health care during their junior and senior years after a competitive application process.

“We are proud to support the youth in our community exploring careers in the healthcare field,” said Laura Forgione, executive director of inpatient nursing at Southern New Hampshire Health. “We are deeply committed to ensuring these students have the resources needed to support their learning.”

Funding for the Health Occupations program is a collaborative effort, supported by Perkins Grants, the school budget and community support.

“The Health Science program at Nashua High School South has been supported by Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for years,” said Program Director Lori Chisholm. “Recently, we have forged a greater partnership to educate our current seniors. Southern New Hampshire Health has begun to provide not only financial support for our year-end LNA/Health Occupations celebration and much-needed medical supplies, but also was able to donate eight hospital beds for our lab area. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship and appreciate Laura Forgione stepping up and participating in our advisory board.”

The program, with an enrollment ranging from 40 to 90 students from Nashua and the surrounding area, is a two-year journey of hands-on learning. In the first year, students focus on classroom-based studies covering anatomy, physiology and in-room patient care skills. The second year takes an immersive approach, alternating between clinical experiences in facilities including Courville at Nashua and Hunt Community and classroom-based theory and practical education. Students accrue a substantial 60-80 hours of clinical experience, providing a solid foundation for their future careers.

Licensed nurse assistants, a significant portion of the program’s participants, sit for the state certification exam in May, earning them their LNA certification. The program not only equips students with essential skills but also opens doors for immediate employment opportunities, allowing them to work as LNAs or as patient care attendants in private facilities.

The impact of Southern New Hampshire Health’s support extends beyond financial contributions; it reflects an investment in the development of a skilled health care workforce. As students embark on their professional journeys, the support from SNHH helps light the path to a brighter and healthier future for both the individuals and the communities they will serve.


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