The Nursing Assistant Program at CPAVTS has grown in size this 2016/2017 school year.

Instuctor Kathy Lauver previously taught the course solo, but is joined thisprogram spotlight 2016 school year by previous Health Career Technology Instuctor, Kim Olcese as well as students who were previously enrolled in the HCT program. Ms. Olcese is teaching level I and II  Nursing students while Mrs. Lauver teaches Senior/level III students.

The students will need to be prepared for not only their school NOCTI evaluations (both hands on and written testing), but also completeing their clinicals. Students in the Nursing Program may obtain industry certifications (CPR/FA, PA Nurse Aide, Direct Care Worker)

We took the time take have a Q & A with some Nursing Students this year and Instructor, Ms. Olcese. Here is what they had to say:


Students: Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE (if you can)

" In the Nursing Program, we learn the basics for caring for another individual in a health care setting."

-Senior Nursing Student

"Throughout our years at Cumberland Perry, we learn medical terminology, skills and body systems to prepare ourselves for our certification."-Nursing Student


Instructors: What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in this program? Why do you think that is?

"Medical terminology; because it is like learning a new language."- Kim Olcese/ CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is the hardest part of your program?

"Completing all of BIO 105 and NA hours at the same time, and having similar due dates."- Senior Nursing Student

"Learning the medical terminology." -Nursing Student


Instructors: What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

"Having their CNA certification is a definite plus, but just having the medical terminology and basic skills learned here is an advantage."

- Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is the most fun part of your program?

"Practicing skills and forming relationships with peers that share my passion."- Nursing Student


Students: What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

"I learned how to operate the SIMS manikin that talks, groans, breathes and coughs like a real person. It is very cool to interact with."

- Senior Nursing Student

"The SIMS manikin, bed and vital sign machine."- Nursing Student


Students: What is your plan for after high school?

"I plan to attend either Wilkes or IUP for college. I will major in nursing. I will also be working in a hospital or a nursing home with my CNA certification."

-Senior Nursing Student

"I am going to attend HACC to get my bachelor's degree in science and nursing, and get my registered nurse degree."- Nursing Student


Instructors: What advice would you give students who have completed your program?

"Never be afraid to learn new things. Healthcare offers so much for people who are up for the challenge." -Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

"Getting my CNA."- Nursing Student

"Going to conferences." - Nursing Student

"Going out to clinicals and being able to experience what the work force will be like."-Nursing Student

"Pertaining to being a Senior, passing the NOCTI test and completing clinicals will be the best part of the year in my shop."- Senior Nursing Student


Students: What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

"Being able to take care of the older generation." -Nursing Student

"Caring for another individual and making them comfortable in their living enviroment."- Senior Nursing Student


Instructors/Students: Explain a typical day in your program.

" The three different levels do their own lessons. As a level III (Senior), we come in and complete nurse aide hours as we do our chapter work. We also work on BIO 105, which is like vocab for us. We may also be working on our hands on skills."- Senior Nursing Student

" Level I: medical terminology, social studies, lecture for the day and time to work on book work or skills."- Kim Olcese/ CPAVTS Nursing Instuctor


Students: How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past? Can you give some examples?

"It's different because it is more of a hands on experience. You get to do skills on the manikins to make sure you know the skills and you get better at it."- Nursing Student

"This program requires a lot of time and the ability to apply yourself. There are skills that you must learn and complete in order to pass and get your certification. You learn basic skills such as handwashing, transferring, grooming and basic care of another person."- Senior Nursing Student


Instructors: What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

"I've been an RN for 21 years. I worked in long term care for Five years and acute care for 16 years. My background is primarily cardiopulmonary." "I still work in industry at Pinnacle Health in the Emergency Room Observation Unit."- Kim Olcese/CPAVTS Nursing Instructor


Students: What advice would you giving to a beginning level I student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

"Do the work, don't cheat the system. It'll be worth it in the end because it is only to help you."- Nursing Student

"You should be well organized and be able to have time to study."- Nursing Student

"Understand and USE time management to the best of your abilities. If you are serious about completing this course, you MUST push yourself to accomplish goals, and have a passion for caring for others, especially the elderly!"- Senior Nursing Student