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Connecticut restores funding for LPN program.

State representative Peggy Sayers, RN (D-Windsor/Windsor Locks) led a successful effort to restore funding for the LPN program at the state's vocational technical high schools. As part of a $480 million deficit mitigation package of budget reductions and adjustments recently approved by the legislature, funding for the LPN program was added for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. The LPN program was previously suspended by the governor and has been dormant since January 1, 2010.

Sayers said the elimination of state funding for the LPN program would not only hurt job growth but also public health. "LPNs are the backbone of our state's nursing home care. The nursing home industry depends on qualified graduates from the state's LPN program, which also serves as a career ladder toward becoming a registered nurse."

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, there are more than 300 openings for LPNs each year; jobs that often offer an average annual salary of over $50,000. The LPN program at a state technical high school costs each student about $5,000. Attending a private licensed practical nurse education program would cost a student about seven times as much, a price that many of the students would be unable to afford.
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Publication:Nursing Education Policy Newsletter
Date:May 1, 2010
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