Ten students recently completed the 80-hour Certified Nurse Aide program offered at Northeast Texas Community College. Pictured in the back row are Ashton Rush of Mt. Pleasant, April Fergurson of Mt. Pleasant, Britney Turner of Mt. Vernon, Yasmine Smith of Daingerfield, Ashley Bridges of Mt. Pleasant, Kendall Sharp of Jefferson, Michelle Justice of Mt. Pleasant, Angelica Garcia of Mt. Pleasant, and Instructor Donna Butler. Pictured in front are Angela Hackler of Pittsburg, and Sherry Davis of Mt. Pleasant.
The CNA program is a nine week course designed to prepare students to take the state certification test with NACES. This 80-hour course prepares entry level nursing assistants to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of, primarily, long-term care facilities. The course consists of a mixture of classroom hours and clinical experience at a local nursing facility. Certified Nurse Aides handle the day-to-day care of patients in hospitals, home health/hospices, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities.
A Certified Nurse Aide’s top priority is to support the physical and emotional daily-care needs of a patient. CNA’s work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. While much of the work—bathing, dressing, feeding, and recording vital signs – aren’t as glamorous as some other positions, CNA’s often have the most patient contact. Therefore, it is the position that often makes the greatest impact. Home health Aides have a particularly important role in patients’ lives, as they provide care for elderly, disabled, or convalescent persons in their own homes.
Applications are now being accepted for the next CNA program at NTCC, scheduled to begin September 4. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Department at 903-434-8134.