Cherokee High School’s first class of nursing students has completed its new Certified Nursing Assistant program.
Five students at Cherokee have met all of the requirements – both academic and clinical – to qualify to take the CNA exam for the state of Georgia: Sydney Beck, Thomas Brubaker, Catherine Dionicio, Morgan Fortson and Paola Mucino.
A CNA provides care for patients in hospitals and nursing homes as well as through home healthcare; they are trained in bedside care and basic nursing.
Cherokee and River Ridge High School provide students with the choice to enroll in a Health Science Career Cluster program that offers them the opportunity to study Career Pathways in that field and to earn CNA certification.
The program’s significant training process includes students working with patients at medical facilities; Cherokee High students complete hands-on training at Canton Nursing Center, and the program is supported by Partner in Education and school district partner, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Creekview High School plans to begin a similar program next school year to certify students as patient care technicians.
The Cherokee High students were honored with a “pinning” ceremony, which is a tradition to welcome nursing program graduates into the profession.