Pictured are members of the December 2016 LaRue County Student Registered Nurse’s Aide graduating class. Front row, from left, Robin Kemp, assistant; Emma Bowling, Bailey Hall, Danielle Warren, Megan Cochran, and Tonya Atwell. Back row, Gillian Nunn, Ashley McCoy, Autumn Riggs, Airyl Heath, Olivia McFelia, Autumn Bailey, Chelsi Parks, and Christie Minor, instructor. Not pictured: Antrea King.
By RON BENNINGFIELD
As far back as she can remember, LaRue County High School senior Emma Bowling has wanted to follow in the footsteps of the women on her dad’s side of the family and enter the medical field as a career.
She and 12 senior classmates reached a first milestone toward accomplishing that career goal as they passed all coursework, a practicum and the final test toward state registered nurse’s aide certification.
The course, which ran August through December at the Brockman Center in Hodgenville, was offered through Campbellsville University’s Technology Training Center’s Allied Health Program.
Christie Minor, Allied Health director, with her assistant Robin Kemp taught the classes held during the last period of each school day.
Others passing the course included Gillian Nunn, Ashley McCoy, Autumn Riggs, Airyl Heath, Olivia McFelia, Autumn Bailey, Chelsi Parks, Bailey Hall, Danielle Warren, Megan Cochran, Tonya Atwell and Antrea King.
“Once I was in the class, I saw how even the first step toward my goal includes a lot of hard work,” Bowling acknowledged. “We had a lot of terms and skills to learn and the little things that you think might not matter turn out to matter a lot.”
The students learned to take vital signs, help residents bathe and dress, exercise and walk, and perform other duties of a nurse’s aide.
“We also did two eight-hour shifts shadowing nurse’s aides during our clinicals at Grandview Nursing Home in Campbellsville,” the daughter of Joe and Pam Bowling of New Haven commented.
When the students encountered stressful days, they found unique ways to relieve that pressure.
“After one particularly stressful day, my friend (Gillian Nunn) and I sat down and realized we hadn’t even smiled all day,” the 18-year-old student confessed. “Once we said that, we looked at each other and suddenly broke out into laughter that lasted a couple of minutes.”
Prerequisite to RN
According to Minor, most universities require nurse’s aide certification as a prerequisite for admission into a registered nurse program.
Now that Bowling has completed that first milestone, her end goal is to be a nurse practitioner.
“I like the nursing aspect maybe even more than being a doctor,” she said. “As a nurse or nurse practitioner, you are the patient’s advocate to the doctor with more face-to-face time with the patient.”