The CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Tech programs in HHS take community service in schools to the next level by pushing Health Science students to work while learning in a local assisted living facility. Every week participating seniors dress up in khaki scrubs to aide the elderly at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home.
“CNAs may work in hospitals, home health and long term nursing facilities,” teacher Lequitta Holmes said. “The class covers a broad range of topics, ranging from how to bathe a patient, to positioning a patient properly. Students learn about abuse and neglect, how to feed and dress a patient and proper body mechanics for lifting and turning patients.”
Participating Pharmacy Tech students learn to take and fill prescription orders, assisting customers in retrieving their orders and properly labelling pill bottles.
“It is a self-paced class, so it is really beneficial not having due dates to worry about,” Pharmacy Tech student, Sandra Jimenez said. “So far, I have learned about different medications and how they affect the body. I have also learned about the reasons why these certain drugs are prescribed and what schedule they require.”
In the case of both programs, a certification test waits at the end of a long road. For students who pass these tests, paying for college becomes significantly easier because they have the ability to work in a pharmacy, hospital or other medical internship.
“For the career I would like to pursue, this is a good class to take to have a head start,” Jimenez said. “It is a great advantage to be able to take this course!”