Sixty-four graduates of Southwestern Community College’s nurse aid program were honored during a pinning ceremony held on May 4 at the Jackson Campus.
“I am extremely proud of each and every student that achieved their goal of becoming a certified nursing assistant in the state of North Carolina,” said Donna Conner, SCC’s Nurse Aide program coordinator/instructor. “I pray that they each continue to learn and grow as they embark on this new endeavor.”
All 64 graduates, who are now the newest generation of front-line healthcare workers, received their NC nurse aide I achievement.
Those honored during the ceremony include: Windy Altman of Waynesville; Shannon Barger, Sylva; Jeana Baumgarner, Cashiers; David Bell, Sylva; Holli Bird, Cherokee; Grace Brassard, Highlands; Holly Brock, Thomasville; Kimberly Brooks, Sylva; Breanna Bryant, Bryson City; Codi Claxton, Cullowhee; Kasie Cook, Franklin; Makalla Cook, Murphy; Chelsea Crawford, Cullowhee; Sidney Crowe, Cherokee; Emily Derby, Dillsboro; Brianna Domenech, Franklin; Patricia Franklin, Sylva; Virginia Fuller, Bryson City; Jennifer Garcia, Franklin; Zebulon Gentry, Sylva; Christine Hawks, Cullowhee; Jennifer Hedden, Franklin; Savannah Heltsley, Cashiers; Amber Henry, Franklin; Paula Hobb, Bryson City; Brooklyn Hooper, Sylva; Carol Hoover, Franklin; Kylie Hunter, Franklin; Bethany James, Waynesville; Jessica Knecht, Sylva; Amanda Kolasa, Fayetteville; Lindsay Lambert, Cherokee; Haley Lavander, Franklin; Robert Leitch, Cullowhee; Robin Leitch, Cullowhee; Victoria Macon, Gastonia; Maritza Martinez, Otto; Mariah Mauro, Cullowhee; Jessica Moffitt, Lenoir; Morgan Mohr, Franklin; Jessica Newton, Bryson City; Autumn Norton, Cherokee; Cyrena O’Bryant, Franklin; Maria Olalde, Highlands; Brandi Paye, Franklin; Rodica Popescu, Cashiers; Tami Pyles, Franklin; Patricia Rade, Cullowhee; Karleigh Reeves, Cherokee; Donna Radford, Cherokee; Riana Rich, Whittier; Megan Ridley, Sylva; Taylor Rostallon, Franklin; Katrina Stanberry, Bryson City; Angela Sutton, Dillsboro; Dereka Taylor, Dillsboro; Madeleine Taylor, Franklin; Kristen Wells, Sylva; Gabrielle Wilcox, Cullowhee; Hannah Williamson, Dillard, Ga, Brianna Woodring, Sylva; Tamara Woodring, Sylva; Taylor Wooten East Bend; and Dustin Wright, Cherokee.
Bethany James, Riana Rich, and Dereka Taylor also received their nurse aide certificate achievement.
Holly Brock, Jennifer Garcia and Katrina Stanberry all received their nurse aide & diagnostic diploma in addition to the other two achievements.
All graduates may be eligible for listing as a Nurse Aide I and other selected nurse aide registries.
Nurse aide is a two-semester program that includes both classroom and clinical education. The curriculum prepares students to work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals.
Therapeutic & diagnostic diploma recipients complete a full year of study in which they gain at least 46 semester hour credits.
“These students are now on the front-lines of health care to help the physically ill, mentally ill, injured or disabled individuals in hospitals,” said Mitch Fischer, SCC’s dean of health sciences. “They can also work in nursing and personal care facilities and mental health settings. CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants) perform much needed daily tasks such as serving meals, making beds and helping patients eat, dress and bathe.”
CNA’s work under the supervision of nurses. CNA’s take temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. They also help patients with range of motion exercises and assist patients with their daily living needs.