Lea Frocione’s desire to become a nurse is rooted in her experiences as a caregiver. The 2003 graduate of Syracuse’s Nottingham High School spent a significant portion of her teenage years helping care for two grandparents stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. “The home health aides who would help us told me more than once that I should pursue a nursing degree.”
Frocione worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant for four years, then began working toward a degree. In the fall of 2012 she enrolled at OCC and two years later was accepted into the Nursing program. Frocione is on track to graduate in May 2016. Her goal is to transfer to SUNY Upstate Medical University, earn a bachelor’s degree and become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
While taking classes full-time and doing well enough to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa, OCC’s student honor society, Frocione is also working at the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter where she helps people struggling with mental health issues. She’s also a mother of three and is constantly on the go. How does she do it all? “I am very organized. I have a book I always carry with me which has all of our families appointments and schedules written down, and we have a dry erase board at home we have everything written on as well.”