CHARLES CITY, Iowa- 12 Charles City High School students are the first to receive certificates of completion for 75 hour certified nursing program through a unique partnership between the school district and the Chautauqua Guest Homes.
Charles city Schools is only one of four schools that offer this program throughout the state.
Samantha Alinea is one of those who graduated and says the class was not an easy one.
“Waking up at 5:45 every morning and having college classes at the same time as regular classes as well as extracurricular actives, it wasn’t easy.”
Akinea had the chance to have a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a CAN at the local assisted living home as well as experience the nursing shortage.
“At times someone will call in for an emergency and sometimes no one will be able to fill in,” she said. “It’s a problem because things will start to get behind. A person will be late to breakfast or not attended to as quickly as they should.”
“Not only do we have a current shortage of registered nurses and LPNs, but we are projected to continue to have a shortage in these areas,” said the Director of Work for Development, Beth Townsend.
He job is to help address shortages like the one those in the nursing field are seeing. She said getting these younger students like Alinea involved at an early age can really make a difference.
“A lot of kids may not be aware of the opportunity or what it means to be a certified nurse,” said Townsend. “They can come in and do this program and try it out.”
Something Alinea hopes can give her a leg up in the future.
“It’s going to look really good on someone’s resume,” she said. “I want to get in to the medical field so this is just a stepping stone to get from the bottom to the top.”
All 12 did receive a job offer from the Chautauqua Guest Homes, but they still need to complete the final CNA test.
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