Weekly Feature

2018-01-17 / Lifestyles

McGuire Group accepting applicants for 2018 LPN certificate program

by HOLLY N. LIPKA Reporter

The McGuire Group, with Erie 2 BOCES, provides a 12-month licensed practical nurse certificate program whereby participants are guaranteed a position at one of The McGuire Group’s 5-star-rated facilities upon graduation.

McGuire, which offers 24-hour skilled nursing care, post-hospital and outpatient rehabilitation, palliative care, memory care and short-term care, is currently looking for applicants for its 2018 class.

The program, which begins in July, offers two sessions Mondays through Thursdays. The hours are either 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 to 10 p.m.

Nurses aides or anyone interested in becoming an LPN can apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age by July, have a high school diploma or GED, and successfully pass an entrance exam.

“The program has been very successful so far,” said Judy Ogden, director of human resources at The McGuire Group’s North Tonawanda location. “One young lady started in housekeeping, became a nurse’s aide, and now she’s in the LPN program. It’s a quick learning pace, but it’s very rewarding in the end.”

Participants can also have their education fully funded; What isn’t covered through financial aid is covered by McGuire.

“The partnership with McGuire closes the gap in financial aid to allow full funding for the program,” said Janeil Rey, director of workforce development at Erie 2 BOCES. “McGuire identifies, commits to and supports individuals who they see as valuable employees and potential employees who will be successful in the health care field.”

Health care is a high-demand occupation in the area since “many nurses leave to work in other areas of the country, such as in the Carolinas, down south or out west,” said Ogden.

With its high demand, many health care organizations cannot adequately fill their staffing needs.

“It will only worsen as our population ages and needs more health care, [but] McGuire is being proactive to address their staffing needs and the health care needs of our region,” said Rey.

Interested candidates may pick up an informational packet by stopping into any of the five McGuire locations: Autumn View Health Care Facility in Hamburg, Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga, Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Williamsville, Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda or Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca.

“I’ve been here for 30 years, and I cannot say enough about the great things McGuire does,” said Ogden. “This program is such a phenomenal opportunity, and if you put the effort into it, it can be such a rewarding career.”

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