C.N.A. Academy in Riverton graduates nine

*Feature Photo: A C.N.A. student performs a task while being evaluated during the training session. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) – Nine students completed a nearly two-month-long Certified Nursing Assistant Program (C.N.A.) that was made possible by a grant from the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. Thirty individuals applied for the program, which included paid work experience, tuition, and fees plus specialized C.N.A. Training, provided by the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Education Services (FC BOCES). Twelve students were accepted. During training, clinical experience was gained by the students at the Westward Heights Care Center in Lander and at the Wind River Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Riverton. “With current shortages locally and nationwide, there is a high need for CNAs,” said Dr. Kristen Benson, Career and Technical Director at FC BOCES. “The class was successful and we graduated 9 students. Their next step is to take their state certification tests, coming in March.” Students who graduated from the class included Kay Vigil, Haley Schooner, Nicholas Twist, Tracy Erbes, Clarissa Callahan, Marquel Brown, Gina Chavis, Coeur Stone and Patti Howe. The students hailed from Riverton, Fort Washakie and Kinnear. *What is a C.N.A.?* The main role for a Certified Nursing Assistant is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. Because of the personal nature of the job, the C.N.A. should be compassionate and enjoy helping others, Benson said. “The individuals in the class through the nearly month-long training really developed comradery,” she said. The program also offered a five-hour-long review session for the graduates to freshen up on their knowledge and skills before they took the state certification. The instructor for the local program is Terry Wilson. Once certified, the academy graduates will be revisited at three, six and nine months to follow their CNA employment and opportunities in the healthcare field. Fremont County BOCES will be offering a C.N.A. class coming in April. For information, call FC BOCES at (307) 856-2028. [image: Inline image 1] *Proper positioning of a patient. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * *[image: Inline image 2]* *A student washes a client's face. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * *[image: Inline image 3]* *Students used specialized medical models to train on. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * *[image: Inline image 4]* *Watching a practice procedure. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * *[image: Inline image 5]* *Lower leg and foot care was taught. (FC BOCES / Pitchengine Communities) * *--* *The C.N.A. Academy grant from the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program was awarded to FC BOCES in July of 2015. A 10-day long interview process was held among the 30 applicants to determine the 12 students accepted to the CNA Academy. The class began on Jan. 11th and concluded on February 1st. * *h/t FC Boces* *#county10 #news *