According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state registered nursing assistant positions are estimated to grow 21 percent between 2012 and 2022.
Approximately 321,200 new jobs will be created during this period, making state registered nursing assistant certification even more useful.
To help students at LaRue County High School who are interested in earning this certification, Campbellsville University’s Technology Training Center’s Allied Health Program for the fifth straight year has offered a class leading to state registered nurse’s aide certification.
Those successfully completing the program this fall included Brayden Beeler, Emma Bell, Sarah Jo Calhoun, Joni Druen, Kelsey Key, Kayla McCoy, Taylor Newton, Kaitlyn Puckett, Bailey Rogers, Lindsey Rucker, Malerie Skaggs, Nevaeh Small, Kristen Williams, and Katherine Shelton.
Tabatha Mattingly, a registered nurse who is the Allied Health instructor and regional facility coordinator, taught the course which ran August through December at the Brockman Center in Hodgenville to LCHS seniors who attended during the school day.
The state-approved, 75-hour curriculum was split between 59 hours of classroom time and 16 hours of clinical experience. The maximum of 15 students ensured that everyone received personal attention.
During their clinicals, the students worked with residents at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, cleaning patients, helping dress them, serving meals, and keeping an eye on their overall health.
After completing the course, the prospective nurse assistants had to score at least 52 correct out of a 75-question test in order to be certified.
The students had to demonstrate five skills as part of the state test. Of those, two skills that the students had to master were hand washing and vital signs. The other three skills tested were randomly selected by the testing facility.
“The things considered vital in this state test are safety and infection control, mainly,” noted Mattingly. “They have a written portion and a skills portion and if they fail one or the other and pass one or the other they are required to only retake the portion they did not complete successfully,” she added.
Mattingly said having to complete classroom lecture and clinical allows the students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have been taught while in classroom and lab in a real life setting.
“It is much easier to take care of a mannequin in controlled setting rather than on a real person,” she observed.
The program is accredited by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Department for Medicaid Services. To be admitted to the SRNA(State Registered Nurse Aide) program, applicants must be at least 16 years old and not listed on the Kentucky abuse registry.
“We have one SRNA for the LCHS students each year beginning in August and ending in December,” stated Mattingly. “We offer other SRNA classes throughout the year which is a 12-week course.”
By RON BENNINGFIELD