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RTC does clinical rotation at Cortland Acres

Submitted photo The 2019-2020 LPN Class from Randolph Technical Center celebrate another successful clinical day at Cortland Acres. Pictured from left to right front row: Abrelle Bowley, Shelly George, Amber Watts, Katlyn Ferrell, Haley Stewart, Megan Dewitt and Katlynn Keller; back row: Program Assistant Coordinator Ashley Prichard, Lori Auvil, Jennifer Cook, Casey Burner, Leslie Nestor, Alexa Cunningham, Danielle Broschart, Cassandra Jenkins, Courtney McCoy and LNP Coordinator Edna Croston.

THOMAS — A sea of eager students in white uniforms and stiff white caps invade the halls of Cortland Acres once a week as part of their “clinical” rotation and training at Randolph Technical Center in Elkins. The current students represent Randolph, Tucker, Preston and Upshur counties and began their training in March 2019. They will graduate in February 2020.

The 12-month training is conducted by LPN Assistant Coordinator Ashley Prichard, BSN and LPN Coordinator, Edna Croston, MSN, RN, BS. Prichard has been a nurse for 15 years and a graduate of the RTC program. Croston has been teaching for 21 years and a nurse for 35 years. Over her tenure, she has seen many changes in the field and the classroom.

“The on-site training at Cortland helps the students better understand the needs of elder care,” explains Croston. “It also helps them apply and broaden the general skill sets learned in the classroom. Their on-site training requires them to read resident assessments, treatment sheets and medication records for a better understanding of overall residents care.” Research shows that hands-on training in a long-term care setting can be especially conducive for students to practice their assessment skills and to learn to work with other healthcare team members.

“Working as part of the interdisciplinary team and providing patient-centered care are essential competencies for nursing students to acquire,” explains Cortland’s Director of Nursing Robin Eye. “The long-term setting gives them an opportunity to obtain these competencies. Cortland encourages students to regard this setting as both a rich learning environment and a possible future employment site.”

Cortland Acres is a non-profit corporation offering state-of-the-art nursing care and skilled rehabilitation on a spacious 35-acre campus is the heart of scenic Tucker County, West Virginia. The Cortland campus includes a 94-bed long-term care facility, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and therapy options, as well as a variety of independent living opportunities. For more information call 304-463-4181 or visit www.cortlandacres.org.

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