LA Harbor College Nursing Student Interns with Beacon House's Director of Clinical Services, Kelsey Bettis-Trujillo

LA Harbor College Nursing Students with Beacon House’s Director of Clinical Services, Kelsey Bettis-Trujillo

The Beacon House welcomed students from the Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) Registered Nursing Program to their facility during the 2020 Fall Semester, so the students could gain credit for time spent outside the classroom to fulfill their psych rotation.

The Associates Degree Registered Nursing Program at LAHC – one of the top-ranked nursing programs in California – requires a certain amount of clinical hours, accumulated by conducting rotations. Beacon House was deemed eligible as a facility where students could interact directly with those in treatment and gain credit toward their degree.

LAHC student Rachelle Vienmea shared, “This has been an opportunity for us to identify in person what we have learned in class regarding substance abuse disorder. We can really see first-hand how this kind of therapy works.”

Having recently partnered with LAHC to integrate life skills courses into its treatment program, the Beacon House staff was happy to accommodate and encourage the visiting nursing students as well.

“It was amazing to see how welcoming and well-qualified the staff at Beacon House are,” LAHC student Ricky Ortiz said. “They made it much easier for us who are new to interacting in this kind of environment. It was also nice to be able to make an emotional connection with these men in treatment without stigmatizing them as addicts.”

Both the Los Angeles Harbor College and Beacon House teams are also looking forward to continuing their new partnerships. The “Education Changes Everything” partnership, which also began during the Fall Semester, focuses on implementing financial literacy and life skills courses into substance abuse treatment. You can read more about that program here.