Students in the East Haven High School Certified Nurse
Assistant (CNA) course have been studying about nursing care and practicing
nursing skills in the medical lab at the school since the beginning of the
year. Now, they have just completed a 36-hour clinical practicum at Talmadge Park Health Care Facility.
The students are taught in the classroom and supervised in
the clinical areas by their teacher, Nancy Tipping, a registered nurse who is a
full time teacher at the school. During their clinical experience, the students work with the staff and their instructor, Mrs. Tipping, to provide care to the residents throughout the day.
For many years, Talmadge Park has been a very supportive partner in the
education of the students, providing supplies at the high school and equipment
and meeting space in the facility during the clinical experience.
Next week, the students begin a 24-hour clinical experience
on an adult medicine unit of Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael's Campus.
When the 60-hours of clinical experience are completed, two Nurse
Evaluators from the Connecticut Department of Health will administer the
written and skills tests that the students must pass in order to earn
certification. Testing will be done at East Haven High School, which has been approved by the Connecticut Department of Health as a testing facility.
All students in the course are members of HOSA- Future Health Professionals, and plan to become medical professionals in the future.