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Career & Technical School News

As certification tests approach, students feel anxious but confident

Area high school students set to test to become nurse assistants

Angel Brown practices her patient bathing skillsIn just a few short weeks, Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) nurse assistant students will be taking state certification exams that will allow them to work in the health care industry.

For some, the exams will allow them to start work full-time upon graduation, while for others the exams represent a stepping stone by which they will work part-time as nurse assistants while pursuing a college education to be registered nurses.

On a recent Friday, students were practicing some of the 22 skills they will be tested on for certification — skills that range from catheter care to denture cleaning, bathing and blood pressure and pulse registering.

"I'm nervous, but I feel like we are well-prepared," said Kiana Thomas, a CTE senior from South Colonie.

"I'm nervous, too, but I will get there," echoed Angel Brown, a CTE senior from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) as she practiced washing a patient's face.

The Capital Region BOCES high school program offers high school students the opportunity to take one or two years of training. During the Certified Nurse Assistant/Patient Care Assistant Photo two: Kiana Thomas of South Colonie prepares to take the blook pressure of Mikayla Stacey of RCS.(CNA/PCA) year, students learn total patient through training in the classroom and off campus.
They prepare to take the Certified Nurse Assistant examination that qualifies CNAs to work in
any nursing home in New York state. Students will complete 108 hours of clinical work in a
nursing home setting.

During the Home Health Aid/Patient Care Assistant (HHA/PCA) year, students learn how to provide valuable skills in conjunction with professional nurses in a home health care setting. Services range from such health-related tasks as obtaining vital signs to doing laundry, personal care and housekeeping. Students will complete 108 hours in a clinical setting and additional classroom training.

About 50 high school juniors and seniors from across the region take the health careers program at CTE's Albany Campus in either the morning or afternoon session.

"It's a good program. You can't help but be nervous for the test, but I like the program. It teaches you work skills and the teachers are all nice," said William Anagnos, a senior from Bethlehem.

Photo one: Angel Brown of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) practices her patient bathing skills.

Photo two: Kiana Thomas of South Colonie prepares to take the blood pressure of Mikayla Stacey of RCS. William Anagnos of Bethlehem empties a catheter bag

Third photo: William Anagnos of Bethlehem empties a catheter bag.



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