Former LPN nursing student concerned Murray program moving to Paducah
Some nursing students will have to drive an hour away for their classes after West Kentucky Community and Technical College announced they would not renew their lease at the Weaks Community Center in Murray.
The Licensed Practical Nursing, or LPN, classes have been taught out of Murray for 49 years.
College administrators say it comes down to money. They needed to make cuts in the budget, but did not want to cut any programs. That’s why they’re going to move the classes taught in Murray to Paducah. Former students say moving these classes is moving opportunities out of town.
Almost eight years ago, Lana Cannon’s husband, Harley Dale Cannon, died suddenly of a heart attack. She says she doesn’t wish the experience on anyone. Cannon says she had always taken care of her family, and only five months after Harley passed, she decided it was time to go back to school and finish what she started: studying to be a nurse.
"It’s a very hard job to do but I feel you have to have a love and compassion for other people," Cannon says.
Living in Murray, Cannon says she wouldn’t be where she is today if her LPN classes weren’t offered in Murray. "For me, I needed something that was quick and wouldn’t take a lot of years to accomplish," Cannon says.
WKCTC administrators say students will still get real world experience like at Spring Creek. But Spring Creek administrators tell me they wished the program will stay in town, because they feel they’ll have fewer students practicing their practicals there.
Family will always be a priority for Cannon. She says she just hopes others can have the same opportunity to care for people as she does. "It’s a very hard job to do, but I feel you have to have a love and compassion for other people," she says.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College will end its lease at the Weaks Community Center at the end of June.
About 22 students are in the program right now.
Murray State University still offers a nursing program, but WKCTC students say the fact that Murray State’s program is twice as long and somewhat more expensive makes a difference.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College released this statement about the program change Thursday.
Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tena Payne says: "We have enjoyed our partnership with Murray and the Weaks Community Center, but ultimately we have to do what’s best for our students and the college with the resources we have while assuring the outstanding outcomes of our practical nursing students continue,"