Local high school students recently received scholarships for the Certified Nursing Assistant program at Hammond-Henry Hospital.
According to Julie West, volunteer manager at the hospital, "Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary matched contributions from Black Hawk College Foundation and Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation to provide scholarship funds to 10 local high school students to assist with tuition costs for students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) program, sponsored jointly by the Geneseo School District, Hammond-Henry Hospital and Black Hawk College."
Students receiving scholarships are: Chase Cahalan, Sam Corso, Kinsey Nixon, Sierra Ricketts, Megan Schaefer, Danielle Strouss, Jenelle Wilson, all of Geneseo; Katelyn Despain of Colona; Darian Gillette of Cambridge; and Stephanie Taber of Atkinson.
"Nursing assistant students learn how to assist the nurse in direct patient care," West said. "This includes practical skills such as bathing, feeding, dressing, bed making, how to take vital signs, how to safely move and life patients, communication techniques, and infection control."
Beth Keim, a registered nurse at Hammond-Henry, instructs the class which also addresses professional behavior, simple anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and some path physiology.
The class also meets state requirements for Alzheimer's training and CPR content.
"Students earn credit hours for high school and from Black Hawk College," said West, adding that at the completion of the class, students will qualify to take the state exam to become a certified nursing assistant.