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Licensed Practical Nurse Training Offered

Ka’u Hospital has partnered with Hawaii Community College (HCC) and the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center to provide a licensed practical nurse training program for students who live in the Ka'u area.

A good portion of the classroom learning takes place at the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center, headed by Aunty Jessie Marques. The center's location in the heart of Pahala makes LPN training attainable for potential students from the area. Training close to home also avoids the obstacles of having to travel over 50 miles to HCC in Hilo in light of very limited public transportation from Pahala.

The clinical rotations will include Ka’u Hospital, Hilo Medical Center and Life care center of Hilo. With a similar partnership five years ago, a CNA training program was launched at Ka’u Hospital. Some of those graduates became valued employees. The LPN program is an important next step in our efforts to “grow our own” future health care workers.