The Cherokee County School District’s first Nursing Assistant Program has been developed at River Ridge High School.
The program is designed to prepare students for certification as nursing assistants. Outside of intense classroom discussions and research activities, participants are taught complete patient care lab skills from nail care to moving patients from their beds.
“We are excited to work with Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Here, students will care for residents and assist with resident exercises,” said Laina Jordan, River Ridge teacher and RN/BSN.
Upon completion of the program, students will take a state written and skills exam. Once certified, students may enter the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant, working in a hospital or nursing home.
“I love the fact that we actually learn real world skills,” River Ridge senior Emilie Wetmore said.
Many students will use this opportunity as a stepping stone to further their education in pursuing an advanced degree in health care.
“This class will help me get the job I want. I want to work either in an ER or at a children’s hospital,” senior James Pan said.
Jordan’s program at River Ridge will serve as a pilot for future programs in other high schools in Cherokee County.