White Plains Hospital Center in White Plains, N.Y., held its third annual graduation ceremony for local high school and college students participating in its Nurse Apprentice Program. One of its first apprentices, Jennifer Colon, who recently graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, has been hired as an RN in the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.
The nurse apprenticeship program resulted in most of the apprentices pursuing nursing careers. Twelve are enrolled in nursing colleges and two others have considered switching to nursing. After participating in the apprentice program, five high school seniors are considering applying to nursing colleges. The number of applicants and the number of apprentices selected for the summer program has doubled as well.Jennifer Colon is one of the first apprentices at White Plains Hospital Center.
The program’s Nurse Apprentice Society is now at two high schools in Westchester. More than 40 high school students attend weekly educational programs about the nursing profession at White Plains High School and Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford. In addition, outreach is offered to other high schools and organizations in Westchester, such as Girl Scout troops and middle school students interested in health-related fields.
The Nurse Apprentice Program was made possible by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and White Plains Hospital Center.