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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • PCCUA students learn the role of a nurse

  • Assisting patients with daily living activities, nursing assistants are a key part of today's health care team. Students at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) are learning how to become nursing assistants this summer through a 6-week Nursing Assistant (NA) training program.
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  • Assisting patients with daily living activities, nursing assistants are a key part of today's health care team. Students at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) are learning how to become nursing assistants this summer through a 6-week Nursing Assistant (NA) training program. Since nursing assistants are the ones working closely with patients in their daily activities, nurses rely on nursing assistants for up-to-date information on the condition of each patient. Whenever there is a need for personal care, certified nursing assistants are there to help. They help with such things as feeding, dressing, bathing, toilet assistance, taking vital signs, cleaning and preparing equipment, helping patients walk, cleaning patients' rooms, changing bed sheets, helping wheelchair-bound patients, and turning bedridden patients regularly. A nursing assistant works under the supervision of a registered nurse or other medical staff and can work in a number of different settings including hospitals, nursing homes, mental health agencies, and private care. The PCCUA Nursing Assistant program is offered every summer. It is 6 weeks long and teaches theory and clinical skills. The students spend four weeks in the classroom and two weeks in a clinical setting at Crestpark Nursing Home in Marianna, AR. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Written and Skills Assessment Exams for certification. For more information about the PCCUA program, contact PCCUA Allied Health Director Amy Hudson at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1371, or email her at ahudson@pccua.edu.
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