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New York StateHealthcare careers are in great demand in the 21st century. Students in this course will develop the skills and understanding needed to care for patients/residents in various healthcare facilities. They will be able to apply the skills learned in a supervised clinical setting, taking their first step on the career ladder of the nursing profession. The nursing assistant’s responsibilities are centered around all bedside care under the direction of the registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). Student nursing assistants will learn patient care skills, infection control principles, safety measures and proper communication techniques, as well as the proper use of all types of equipment used in healthcare facilities. Students will learn about the human body and how to care for patients/residents with various medical conditions. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills will be taught, as well as organizational and time management skills. Students will learn about diversity in the workplace and how to treat patients/residents with respect and dignity. Students will learn basic nursing care, as well as specialized care (e.g., care to patients/residents with sensory impairments and speech impediments, as well as changes in nutritional needs.)
After 2 years, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) exam.
Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria necessary.
Work Experience Opportunities
In this course, students will have the opportunity to participate in a supervised clinical rotation in a nursing home and a hospital setting.Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships, or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:
- Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
Students Will Practice the Essentials of Patient Care, Including:
Students Will Learn About:
- Taking vital signs
- Transferring and positioning of patients
- Bed making
- Assisting with patient feeding
- Assisting patient with personal hygiene (bathing, grooming and dressing)
- Collecting specimens
- Catheter care
- Anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Nutrition and fluids
- Growth and development, geriatrics
- CPR, first aid, and common health issues
- 21st century healthcare changes
- Hearing, speech and vision problems
Nurse assistants are in great demand in today’s world. Graduates may work in a hospital, nursing home, home care agency, adult home, clinic or assisted living facility.After completion of 900 hours of instruction (including 108 in a nursing home and hospital setting), students may take the New York State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) exam. Those who pass are qualified for employment as Certified Nurse Assistants. Graduates can continue study in nursing or pre-med, leading to licensure as an LPN, RN, Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Anesthetist.Upon completion of the required training and exams, students will have the opportunity to be certified in CPR, Heart Saver/First Aid through the American Heart Association.
Course available: Grades 11–12
Course length: 2 years
Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a yearAdmissions Criteria: Strong Science background with above average academic skills. A background check may be required for internship settings.
Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using any or all of the following:
0.5 credit Career and Financial Management
1.0 credit Science
1.0 credit English
0.5 credit Health
1.0 credit Math–Specialized
Note: Students must wear uniforms and complete physical exams before participating in clinical rotations.This course is certified by New York StateThis course supports New York State CDOS Credential requirements
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