Drew Seifker will be among the first to graduate from the new LPN program at Vantage. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Drew Seifker will be among the first to graduate from the new LPN program at Vantage. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

BY KIRSTEN BARNHART

DHI Media News Editor

kbarnhart@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT – Recent Vantage and Delphos Jefferson graduate, Drew Siefker, is excited about the opportunity to continue his education at Vantage through the new LPN (licensed practical nurse) program. Siefker will be among the first to graduate from the new program as well as the youngest.

Siefker left his home school his junior year to attend Vantage for health technology.

“I enjoyed the environment and the way I was learning,” said Siefker of the program. “A new version of me came out when I came here to learn. I met so many new people, and it’s a great environment to learn in.”

Siefker started the LPN program Aug. 6 and will continue through July 11, 2019.

“I knew mid-way through junior year that I had to do this program and that I had to be in the medical field,” said Siefker. “Everything was clicking with me; I just didn’t know where to direct it towards. There are so many areas in the medical field that you can go. That’s what I love about Vantage, they give you the spectrum and tell you that you can go anywhere.”

Siefker said that he feels as if he will have somewhat of a head start by just coming out of the Vantage health technology program and going into the LPN program just over two months after graduating.

“The way my instructors have taught me is such clinical-based learning and in a clinical setting,” said Siefker. “I’ve learned a lot from their experience and their background; it’s not exactly from the book, it’s more from their knowledge.”

The medical field had always interested Siefker; he suffers from thrombocytopenia, a type of hemophilia, since he was a child.

“I didn’t like the way I felt about my disease because I felt like I had no control over it,” said Siefker. “The way my hematologist made me feel was that I could control it. I love that feeling and thought that maybe I could make other people feel like this. I felt that power with health technology.”

Siefker is currently an STNA at Vancrest of Delphos, a position which he enjoys greatly.

“It’s very rewarding; you really learn to be compassionate and put yourself in their shoes,” said Siefker of his patients. “You go through tough times with them, and there are good days, and there are bad days, but at the end of the day they still need you, and that’s what gets you through.”

After graduation from the LPN program, Siefker plans to work as an LPN. He would then like to become an RN (registered nurse) and work his way up through the medical field.