By Corinne Martin, CIP Berkshire Academic Coordinator
Joe W., A CIP Berkshire student, recently began a program to become a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). During the fall term at CIP Berkshire, Joe attended CNA classes at the local Red Cross in Pittsfield, MA.
Classes ran from 9 to 4 for five weeks, and Joe had to roust himself out of bed very early and catch the city bus to class. Joe attended classes involving many hands-on activities as well as attending lectures and studying from a text and taking quizzes and tests.
He read from his texts for homework every evening after arriving home, and would take a quiz on what he had read the following morning.
While Joe studied at the Red Cross, he also earned his CPR certificate, his First Aid certificate, an AED certificate (automatic external defibrillator), and learned about Alzheimer’s testing and how to recognize Alzheimer’s.
In addition to many quizzes, Joe took both a mid-term exam and a final exam, receiving 100% on both! During the last week of the CNA course, Joe completed a practicum at a local nursing home and cared for an elderly man requiring extensive levels of care.
His duties included dressing the patient, combing his hair and brushing his teeth, and feeding and bathing him. Joe also made beds, set bed alarms, raised and lowered hospital beds, and generally tended to the needs of his assigned patient as he was taught during classroom training.
Joe wore his new scrubs to classes every day and was very responsible getting himself to the bus and to class every day. He came home exhausted every day, but proud of his extraordinary efforts.
Finally, December 23rd, celebration day. Joe attended his graduation at the Red Cross and CIP staff came to celebrate his accomplishment. Joe’s CNA instructors spoke highly of Joe’s work and fondly of his attitude.
He was awarded his pin and his Red Cross certificate, and of course hugs from his instructors. What an extraordinary accomplishment! Joe, his parents, and CIP staff are so proud.
Joe is planning to take the state CNA exam and earn his license to practice as a CNA. Congratulations Joe on your amazing achievement!