2017-06-14 / Living

PCC’s Nurse Aide course prepares students for state exam


Pictured are the Caswell Nurse Aide class members, front row left to right, Jordan Pittman, Emily Glenn, Cathy Truesdell, Gennie Candido, Angela Lovelace, and Kimberly Bunn; back row, Victoria Thornton, Anastasia Scott, Kellie Richmond, instructor Sherba McLean, RN, Tyler Coleman and Diana Boyd; not pictured are Taylor Payne and Jerrinna Marshall. 
Photos submitted Pictured are the Caswell Nurse Aide class members, front row left to right, Jordan Pittman, Emily Glenn, Cathy Truesdell, Gennie Candido, Angela Lovelace, and Kimberly Bunn; back row, Victoria Thornton, Anastasia Scott, Kellie Richmond, instructor Sherba McLean, RN, Tyler Coleman and Diana Boyd; not pictured are Taylor Payne and Jerrinna Marshall. Photos submitted Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Nurse Aide I (NA I) training program prepares students to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Competency Examination.

The successful completion of the written and skills exam is required for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Two recent classes of NA I students obtained a 100 percent pass rate on the state exam.

What are some important qualities to becoming a certified nurse aide?


Pictured left to right, are Shelby Martin, Casey Hodges, Rebecca Oakley, Kayla Edwards and Brandy Long and not pictured is Tyree Foster. Pictured left to right, are Shelby Martin, Casey Hodges, Rebecca Oakley, Kayla Edwards and Brandy Long and not pictured is Tyree Foster. Communication Skills: Nursing assistants must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion: Nursing assistants provide care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience: The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants must be patient to provide quality care.

Physical Stamina: Nursing assistants spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

The next Nurse Aide I courses offered at Piedmont Community College will start:

Option 1: Aug. 16 and will meet Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Option 2: Aug. 18 as a Friday (5-9 p.m.) and Saturday 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nurse Aide Level II

The more advanced Nurse Aide Level II course offers students the opportunity to perform at a more complex skill level when attending to patients or residents regardless of the setting.

This course includes class, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, skill/competency evaluation, and state exam, students are eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Nurse Aide Level II is taught on the Caswell County campus beginning Aug. 21.

This program requires a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

Students must also have a valid CNA I certification and be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Med Tech

PCC also offers a Medication Administration (Med Tech) course to help students prepare for the North Carolina Adult Care Medication Test.

Successful exam takers will have the capability of giving medications in adult care homes, assisted living facilities and group homes.

Course content includes 15 hours of skills training required by State of North Carolina.

The next Med Tech course will be offered Aug. 9 – Aug. 15, meeting Mondays Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on PCC’s Caswell County campus.

Orientation to Healthcare Careers

Not sure if a career in healthcare is for you?

Take advantage of the free Orientation to Healthcare Careers course offered July 10 in Caswell County and July 11 in Person County.

To participate in any of these courses, contact Lori at (336) 694-8080 or lori.watlington@piedmontcc.edu.

Those interested can also visit www.piedmontcc.edu/na for additional course details.

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