Each year, the Health Science Careers program of the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center focuses a portion of the student training on becoming a Certified Nurse Aide. Recently, 25 students took the clinical and written portions of the Certified Nurse Aide program and all 25 students passed. Many of these students are now working in the health care field as a Certified Nurse Aide.
The Certified Nurse Aide program was mandated by the federal government in 1987. It requires all nurse aides working in nursing homes to successfully pass a class that includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction in a state-approved nurse aide training program. When a student completes the program, he or she must pass both a written and clinical competency evaluation test.
The Health Science Careers program is housed at Mercy Hospital of Cadillac and offered to high school seniors who are interested in careers in health care. As part of the program, students are trained to be a Certified Nurse Aide and learn: communication and interpersonal skills, infection control procedures, safety procedures, emergency procedures, resident rights, and promoting the patient’s independence.
Nancy Wallington, Health Science Careers Instructor, was excited about her students’ success. “What a pleasure it is for me to be able to teach students the love of providing care for others who need your help.”