PCC’s Nurse Aide course prepares students for state exam

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Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Nurse Aide I (NA I) training program prepares students to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Competency Examination. The successful completion of the written and skills exam is required for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Two recent classes of NA I students obtained a 100% pass rate on the state exam! Congratulations to these outstanding students. YOU could be next!

What are some important qualities to becoming a certified Nurse Aide?
1. Communication Skills: Nursing assistants must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.
2. Compassion: Nursing assistants provide care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.
3. Patience: The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants must be patient to provide quality care.
4. Physical Stamina: Nursing assistants spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

The next Nurse Aide I courses offered at Piedmont Community College will start:
Option 1: August 16 and will meet Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Option 2: August 18 as a Friday (5-9 p.m.) and Saturday 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nurse Aide Level II
The more advance Nurse Aide Level II course offers students the opportunity to perform at a more complex skill level when attending to patients or residents regardless of the setting. This course includes class, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, skill/competency evaluation, and State exam students are eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide II by the NC Board of Nursing.

Nurse Aide Level II is taught on the Caswell County Campus beginning August 21. This program requires a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency. Student must also have a valid CNA I Certification and be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.

Med Tech
PCC also offers a Medication Administration (Med Tech) course to help students prepare for the North Carolina Adult Care Medication Test. Successful exam takers will have the capabilities of giving medications in adult care homes, assisted living facilities and group homes. Course content includes 15 hours of skills training required by State of North Carolina.

The next Med Tech course will be offered August 9 – August 15, meeting Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on PCC’s Caswell County Campus.

Orientation to Healthcare Careers - Free

Not sure if a career in healthcare is for you? Take advantage of the free Orientation to Healthcare Careers course offered July 10 in Caswell County and July 11 in Person County.

To participate in any of these healthcare related courses, contact Lori at (336) 694-8080 or lori.watlington@piedmontcc.edu! Those interested can also visit www.piedmontcc.edu/na for additional course details.

Caswell County Campus Nurse Aide Class Photo Pictured Front Row Left to Right: Jordan Pittman, Emily Glenn, Cathy Truesdell, Gennie Candido, Angela Lovelace, and Kimberly Bunn Back Row Left to Right: Victoria Thornton, Anastasia Scott, Kellie Richmond, Instructor Sherba McLean, RN, Tyler Coleman, and Diana Boyd Not pictured: Taylor Payne and Jerrinna Marshall

 students in the Nurse Aide course offered through the Career and College Promise program at Bartlett Yancey High School: Pictured Left to Right: Shelby Martin, Casey Hodges, Rebecca Oakley, Kayla Edwards, and Brandy Long. Not Pictured: Tyree Foster

Top Photo - students from the latest Nurse Aide course offered at PCC Caswell County Campus:
Pictured Front Row Left to Right: Jordan Pittman, Emily Glenn, Cathy Truesdell, Gennie Candido, Angela Lovelace, and Kimberly Bunn
Back Row Left to Right: Victoria Thornton, Anastasia Scott, Kellie Richmond, Instructor Sherba McLean, RN, Tyler Coleman, and Diana Boyd
Not pictured: Taylor Payne and Jerrinna Marshall

Bottom Photo - students in the Nurse Aide course offered through the Career and College Promise program at Bartlett Yancey High School:
Pictured Left to Right: Shelby Martin, Casey Hodges, Rebecca Oakley, Kayla Edwards, and Brandy Long. Not Pictured: Tyree Foster