Red River High students in the Certified Nursing Assistant curriculum found out this week that enjoying breakfast could be a chore. Part of their training in helping others involves feeding elderly patients in their care.
When breakfast came to the classroom the students were excited. That excitement subdued a bit when they learned the rules. They could eat all they wanted, but they must sit with their hands in their laps while someone else feeds them. Next it is their turn to feed a classmate. It is not as easy as one might imagine.
Other training activities this spring have included learning to take pulse and blood pressure, how to do hair and nails, and many other skills.
Students in the spring CNA Class are Mya La’tairiya Bradley, Stephani Gail Bradley, Dominique Lashaye Burton, Ladaveon Shanzelle Cox, Chelsea Sharne Hill, Alicia Dashon Lewis, Aaliyah Champagne Didell Luke, Sagar Kishor Patel, Courtney Tamia Prelow, and Tasia Narie Smith. Soon they will begin several weeks of putting what they learned into practice at a nursing home in Natchitoches.
At the completion of the spring, students who successfully master all of the skills will be presented with the Certified Nursing Assistant credentials. Many of the students from past CNA courses have immediately accepted employment with area nursing facilities.