LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jefferson Community College nursing students are getting hands on experience at Lewis County General Hospital.
It's not your typical classroom, but in the halls of the hospital students are learning what it takes to be a nurse.
One day a week for the last 7 weeks, 14 Jefferson Community College senior nursing students have been at Lewis County General Hospital. It's about 11 hours each day learning the ropes. Thursday was their last day.
Their professor, Jamie Gibson goes along with them. She says the lessons the students learn in the classroom and then practice in a skills lab are applied at the hospital.
"It's much different dealing with a mannequin than dealing with a real person. They get that personal touch and they get to work on communication skills and the patients seem to really enjoy the students as well," she said.
The students work alongside registered nurses, learning from the professionals, and they say that's their favorite part.
“It’s awesome here. All the nurses are readily available to help us and they’re all super excited about teaching us and getting us to learn all the new material,” said Johnna Perry, student.
But aside from the color scrubs they wear, you wouldn't know the students are still studying to become nurses.
"They let us do pretty much everything here. We get to hang IV fluids. We get to take care of wounds and help patients with activities and their daily living," said Perry.
“They start their morning at 6:15. They get a bedside report from the nurse from the night shift and they hit the ground running,” said Gibson.
This is the first group of nursing students to do a clinical rotation at Lewis County General Hospital in many years. It's just one of the rotations the students will do before taking their boards in May.
The hospital’s hope is that the students will want to come back to work there after graduation.