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Students Prepare for a Career in Nursing


Q&A with Joy Phillippy: A registered nurse and a certified nursing assistant (CNA) classroom instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?
Answer: The CNA class at CTEC provides those students interested in the nursing profession or any medical profession to explore the opportunity of those medical related careers. Those students interested in pursuing a career in nursing receive a jump-start into any nursing program entrance criteria of CNA course completion.

Question: What skills do students learn in your CNA class?
Answer:  CPR, first aid, infection control, transferring, positioning and moving patients, how to feed a patient, how to complete oral care on a conscious and unconscious person, bathing a person, shaving a person, pressure ulcer prevention, measuring and recording intake and output. Isolation precautions, postmortem care, vital signs, dressing and undressing residents, foot care and nail care, assisting patients with bathroom needs and range of motion exercises.

Question: What certifications can students obtain in your CNA class?
Answer: CPR, Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Medical Terminology State Certificate

Question: What projects are your students working on?
Answer: CTEC CNA students are starting to review for the Utah State HOSA competition to be held on March 15-16, at the Davis Conference Center. Those placing in the top finishers will have an opportunity to go the National HOSA Competition in Orlando, Florida on June 20-23.

Question: What competitions will your students participate in on March 15-16?
Answer: Home Health Care and Medical Terminology

Question: How does your class prepare students for life after high school—college and career?
Answer: For college entrance into a nursing program, students MUST have their CNA certificate.

A student in my class last spring accepted a CNA position in Hawaii. She will be living there for 8 months working as a CNA, as well as taking classes. Pretty Cool Huh?

CNA class learning how to use personal protective gear in the health care setting.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) estimates that the nation’s nursing shortage will reach more than one million nurses by the year 2020. Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in nursing.

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