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Nursing assistant students honored

Submitted photo From left are, Cortland Acres Director of Nursing, Robin Eye, seated, Employee Development and Instruction, Kathy Supak, at podium, Sheyenne Delawder, Jonathon Gennantonio, Kayla Ketterman, Anthony Parsons, Clarissa Parsons, Shasta Pifer and Claire Willard.

THOMAS — Family, friends and well-wishers gathered on the patio at Cortland Acres to celebrate the successful completion of another nursing assistant class on July 12. In addition to a certificate of completion, the students received a “Lady of the Lamp” pin to honor the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and to commemorate their accomplishment. They will take the West Virginia State Certification Exam in a few weeks to become certified nursing assistants.

“Even after 21 years as a nurse, I am moved when I participate in a pinning ceremony, explains Cortland’s Director of Nursing Robin Eye. “From this day forward, their main role will be to provide care to residents and help with daily activities that may be difficult to perform on their own. Some of these students will likely choose to get more training and advance their career as a LPN or BSN or beyond. While the work is sometimes hard, the rewards far out-weigh the challenges.”

Working Mondays through Fridays at Cortland Acres, seven students took advantage of Cortland Acres’ campus for classroom lecture and instruction as well as hands-on training with residents. The two-part program gives students the necessary skills to pass state certification and be successful in a long-term care facility.

“This has been an excellent group of students,” explains course instructor Kathy Supak. “Since CNAs spend more time with residents than any other medical team member, they are the front line of care and often the first to notice changes in appearance, mood or physical ability. I am confident that the latest seven graduates will excel in caring for residents.”

The next CNA class is scheduled to start Aug. 6. The registration deadline is July 27. Anyone interested in enrolling can call Lois Nelson or Kathy Supak at Cortland Acres at 304-463-4181.

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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