Certified Nurse Assistant
Instructor: Michelle Cottingim
My name is Michelle Cottingim. This is my second year teaching at IVVC. I have been a registered nurse for 31 years. Before IVVC, I worked many years in Neonatal Intensive Care where I worked as an ECMO nurse, resource, and charge nurse. I have also worked in Home Health, specializing in high risk infants and children. Most recently, inpatient Hospice nursing care was my focus. I am often asked why I would change from the clinical setting to teaching. My response is very easy. I have worked with some incredible CNAs throughout the years. As a registered nurse, I understand that CNAs are a very important part of the healthcare team, and now I can make a difference and develop these young people to become valuable CNAs.
CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANT
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Good attendance record
SIS #: 14051A001
Certified Nurse Assistant is a stand-alone one-year program.
Units of study - Healthcare system, communication, infection control, safety, bed making, admission/discharge/transfers, growth and development, nutrition, body systems, positioning/transferring residents, patients with special needs, death and dying, dementia, home health, rehabilitation
Tasks you will complete -
Perform 21 required CNA skills
Clinical experience at local nursing home
Provide physical support to assist nursing home residents to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising
Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to nursing staff
Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate
Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds
Record height and weight of patients
Change bed linens or make beds
Wash, groom, or shave nursing home residents to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination
Skills/abilities you need to be successful - service orientation, active listening, social perceptiveness, critical thinking, reading/oral comprehension, static strength, reasoning, flexibility, arm-hand steadiness
Certification you may be eligible to receive upon successful completion -
Illinois Department of Public Health Certified Nursing Assistant
Related careers - Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Phlebotomist, Med Tech, Vet Tech, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Medical Assistant, Surgical Tech, Surgical Assistant, Xray Tech, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Counselor, Social Worker, Physical Therapy Assistant, Massage Therapist, Dietary Aide, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy Tech
Articulated Credit: WCC NAS 101 - Basic Nurse Assistant Training (6 credits).
Mrs. Cottingim can be reached at (815) 786-9873, extension 235 or via email at MCottingim@ivvc.net.