Program Spotlight- Nursing Assisting
Teacher Spotlight- Mrs. Lauver
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?
“Erin Border, our new level 1 & 2 Nursing Instructor.”
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?
“A large number utilize the Nurse Aide Cert. while attending Nursing School. However, many are in pharmacies, working in respiratory therapy, or in various roles in hospitals and doctor’s offices.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?
“The specific certifications are great, but the foundations skills of healthcare, good communication, attitude, and work ethic go a long way with employers.”
What unit/topic do students struggle with the most in your program? Why do you think that is?
“The topic/units vary for each student, but I would have to say that the higher level medical terminology can be tough for everyone at times.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“At this point in the year- students sign in to the NA logs for attendance, then we proceed by working through NA curriculum, until clinicals and certification testing.”
What advice would you give students who have completed your program?
“I would encourage them to choose a path that makes them happy and to strive to be the best human possible.”
How many years have you been at CPAVTS?
“This is my 10th year at CPAVTS.”
What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?
“I have been working in the healthcare field since I was 17. My experience began as a CNA, then a Medical Assistant, then the great leap to RN. My passion has always been Geriatrics, Rehab and Sub-Acute Care. I just love and respect the elderly and I hope to share some of that with my students.”
Student Spotlight-Nursing Assisting
Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.
“Nursing Assisting, is the basics of geriatric and general care for patients.”
“We learn everything from vitals to bed making, we know how to provide care for all types of patients.”
“We are learning all about how to be a responsible nurse.”
“We learn the basic needs of the elderly, along with how to give care to them with learned procedures.”
“In my program, we learn an abundant amount of information & skills essential to preparing and passing the CNA exam.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“Memorization and retention of information for exams, as well as mastering skills and applying the information.”
“The book work, because there is A LOT of it!”
“Having a small amount of time to get a lot of work done.”
“Managing time and stress.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“The connection we make with people from other school, you won’t get that opportunity at your high school.”
“Doing the hands-on skills for practice.”
“Working together with my class and learning new skills.”
“Getting out into the real world for clinicals.”
What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?
“Electronic Vital Signs Machine.”
What is your plan for after high school?
“I plant to go into college to study anthropology and forensics, so I can then get a job as a forensic anthropologist.”
“To attend Waynesburg University, work as a phlebotomist or CNA, and earn my Masters in Nursing. I’d then like to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and travel as a nurse to Haiti and Africa.”
“Apply to HACC for my RN and work as a CNA full time while going to school.”
“I plan to either go to the U.S. Air Force as a Nurse, or become a Pediatrician.”
“Attend IUP to get my BSN; Doing ROTC and enlisting in the Army after my 2nd year, and getting my masters while on active duty.”
“Go to HACC for Nursing, and become a Neonatal Nurse.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“Going to clinicals and getting certified.”
What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?
“Knowing the basics of how the human body works, how it is put together and functions.”
Explain a typical day in your program.
“Come in, change into scrubs, sign in to NA Log, start nurse aid, then we have a theory lesson, then work on our packets.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from your other classes you have had in the past?
“It is a lot more in-depth, and there is three years of it. Each year is even more in-depth then the previous year.”
“It is a college learning pace, and you graduate with a certification that you can immediately get a job with.”
“We get taught what to expect in the real world. We learn about the skills we will need to use in real life, and how to take care of patients in our career path.”
“Learning here is life-changing, you learn skills to perform the very important role of being a nurse.”
“CPAVTS classes/lessons are set at your “own pace” and don’t seem like a chore; A lot of the work is very independent. At my other school the teachers tend to lecture more, and makes sure everyone is working at the same pace.”
What advice would you give to a beginning level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?
“Do not procrastinate! Get all of your stuff done on time and take the class seriously.”
“Do your work on time!”
“To be dedicated, if you want to do this program, you need to do the work and always give it 110% effort.”