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Academy Students Learn to Heal with the Love

A teacher prompts a group of students in a lesson regarding a woman in distress    A group of students in white jackets confront a students who has her head down and is crying


Students from the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology visited the Adult Education Center in Brentwood to learn more about the Adult Education LPN Program provided by Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES). The visit included visiting the Simulation Lab (SIM lab for short), which houses instructional mannequins used for teaching a variety of nursing procedures. However, the addition of a real person seeking medical attention made the experience much more personal.

Nursing teacher J’Mar Romain had assigned Wang Yu Zheng, an adult education student in the LPN Program the task of acting as a patient who was trapped in an abusive relationship. She was sporting a black eye made from makeup and pretended to be very shy with the Academy students, who were acting as her nurse. The task for the students was to use gentle but effective communication to gain Zheng’s trust and learn about her abusive situation.

“The goal is to be caring and compassionate,” said Mr. Romain. “Nursing is also about connecting with patients. This exercise helps them learn how to approach and gain the trust of a patient.”

If they choose, Academy students can continue their path to nursing by attending the ESBOCES LPN Program when they graduate. This opportunity helps students start working in health-related fields by getting experience and certifications needed to start helping patients as soon as they graduate. The Academy is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has schools in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.