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CNA Students Learn Care Skills

A CNA is a certified nursing assistant who help residents or patients either in a nursing home, clinic, or hospital. We start with classroom lectures to learn patient focused care skills that we will apply in clinicals that start up in January. We will be doing clinicals at Hillside nursing home in Yorkville.

Some skills include taking vital signs, making an occupied bed, helping patients maintain their personal hygiene, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), hand washing, intake and outtake, uniforms, height and weight. Usually we have workbook pages for each topic that we do every week. We have a test every week or every two weeks on two or three topics.

Some students participate in HOSA, an organization for future health professionals. The purpose of HOSA is to develop leadership and technical health occupations skill competencies. This is done through skills competitions, both at the local and national levels.

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