HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - While walking throughout the corridors of Woodland Heights Medical Center and manning the nurse's station in the intensive care unit, many people may not know the unique path Colbert Sheard took to a nursing career. The brown-haired unassuming care provider, locked in his path to a medical career as one of the first graduates of Hudson High School's Licensed Vocational Nurse program in 2011.
"The LVN Program at Hudson is administered by Angelina College. That was an advantage for me when I went into the RRNprogram," said Colbert Sheard about being trained by faculty who came to the Hudson campus to teach the LVN curriculum.
The LVN Program began in 22011 witha 200-thousand-dollar Governor's Grant. P.T. Walters says Hudson's vocational program was approached by Tyane Dietz, then interim Vice President of Memorial Health Systems [which has since been bought by Catholic Health Initiatives and is now called CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin].
"She was a big part in the success of the program with the grant," Walters said.
The goal was to not only get students into a medical career path through a stringent curriculum that would equip them for the field,
"But also to be successful in their educational future Whether it's an RN, doctor, or bachelors of nursing or masters of nursing," Walters explained.
Their successful applicant landed them a $200,000 Governor's Grant in 2011 that enable Hudson ISD to purchase a lot of items that were needed in the simulation lab.
They began the LVN class with six students. They also began enrolling students in the phlebotomy course and certified nurse aid class. Both were being taught on campus.
An entire building was revamped into classrooms for the different curriculum. At the west end of the building they constructed a simulated hospital. This includes a waiting room and a 2,000+ square foot space that resembles an hospital facility room, with several hospital beds separated by draw curtains, blood pressure machines, a patient lift, a gurney, and even a defibrillator.
One those beds are all types of mannequins: an infant, adult males and females, a pregnant mannequin with a removable stomach so students can learn about different types of birthing methods.
The most expensive model is called the Sim Man 3G. It cost $85,000.
Walters say they made the investment because Sim Man can simulate a variety of human conditions.
"You can make him sweat. You can make him cry. His eyes can be dilated. He can have seizures," he explained as the mannequin's chest moved up and down and its eyes blinked slowly.
Hudson also secured a federal grant through GEAR Up. Memorial Health Systems donated a lot of the equipment and supplies.
Students have to enroll and pass the phlebotomy and certified nurse aid courses to qualify for the L-V-N curriculum. The program is competitive and structured to produce students committed to the sacrifices it will take to balance the clinical work with regular school work.
Walters says for the CNA clinical, the student-to-teacher ratio is 10-1. That's the same ratio for the phlebotomy section. The LVN student ratio is half that.
Colbert Sheard praises the program for starting when it did.
"Had it not been for that program, I would be in a completely different place...than I am now," Sheard said with a look of confidence."