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BOCES Superheroes During a Global Pandemic

On International Superhero Day we find it no more fitting than to thank the incredible superheroes who have walked through our doors at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. For example, many of our Adult Nursing and New Visions Medical graduates have found themselves on the frontlines of a global pandemic, or caring for patients that have been affected in some way.

Take Julia and Kayley for example. Both are 2019 graduates of the New Visions Nursing Sciences program at Wayne Technical and Career Center.

"Through our studies in Anatomy and Physiology we learned about viral replication and transmission and how to protect ourselves from this in healthcare," said Kayley who works as a Patient Care Tech at both Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic. "We also learned about things that are helpful in my current job, such as safe patient transfer, and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE)."

Julia, who also works at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, remarked that her education has prepared her for this type of health crisis, even though her job can be tough at times.

"New Visions Nursing Sciences prepared me for my job by teaching me how to properly put on and take off gloves, how to properly wash my hands, and how to take vital signs," said Julia. "My line of work is trying and involves patience, but I love helping others with anything I can."

Both students praised their instructor, Kerry Dorn, with helping them get to where they are now, and then some.

"I would have never been where I am today without the help of my teacher. She taught me more than I thought I needed to know, and will even help me now if I have questions," said Julia. 

Kayley made note of Dorn's years of clinical experience and her ability to share her insight of the nursing profession. "I am thankful for the opportunities and educational experiences that I had as a student at WTCC."

In addition to WTCC, the Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center also offers New Visions Nursing Sciences taught by Laura VanNiel.

VanNiel noted that many alumni caring for our communities during this pandemic are practicing in a number of roles including; critical care techs, patient care techs, nursing assistants, phlebotomists, registered nurses, physician assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, physical therapists, speech therapists, physicians, and emergency medicine physicians.

If that isn't enough, VanNiel said that during the pandemic she has also noticed pre-professional and non-medical graduates "reaching out and assisting their communities by offering virtual tutoring, grocery pick up and delivery, and sewing masks." 

"Their character is what I'm most proud of," she said.

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES is proud to have been a part of the educational lives of all of our graduates, including those that are our Superheroes during this challenging time. We thank all of you for your selfless service and for making success possible in the communities you work and live in.