Clinical Nurse Assisting (CNA) students from the Academy at Milliken Technical Center in Oakdale recently visited a sophisticated nursing simulation lab to learn and practice industry skills such as wound care, patient assessment, and managing medical equipment. Students did so with high-fidelity, life-size mannequins while under the guidance of other students and instructors in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program. The lab and LPN Program are based in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Adult Education Center in Brentwood. The CNA students are part of the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, the Career and Technical Education Program at Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES). Collaboration across the numerous ESBOCES programs provides students with in-depth, real-life perspectives and opportunities to utilize valuable hands-on applications.
Working together, students used four mannequins to learn how to care for a burn patient, remove a urinary drainage bag, conduct proper patient assessment, and change the dressing on a patient after a tracheotomy. This included taking a culture, venting the area with a suction tube, and donning isolation protection gear to prevent microorganism contamination. Said Gina Marie Martin, Nurse Assisting teacher, “The goal here is to see if my students want to continue their education by applying for the LPN program. Our sim lab is the closest they will get to doing the level of work LPNs do. Therefore, there is no better place for them to make that determination than here.”
Nurse Assistants Visit Good Samaritan Nursing Home
Posted by ESBOCES News on 12/21/2018
Students Gain Community Experience in a Job Setting
Nurse Assisting students went to Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville on December 18 to bring some good, old-fashioned holiday joy. Along with their teacher, the students rang bells and sang a lively array of holiday carols and favorite tunes for the residents, some of whom were able to sing along and really engage in the physical/mental activity.
After singing the songs and carols, the nurse assistants went around the room to greet each resident personally with a smile, a hand squeeze or a hug. They also gave a warm pair of socks to each man and woman as a holiday gift. The nurse assistants brought warm social interaction to the residents.
Nurse assistants look forward to a strong job outlook for the future. They help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and individuals in residential care and long-term care facilities, such as assisted living communities, nursing homes and rehab centers.
Students from the Animal Science, Nurse Assisting, and Clinical Medical Assisting Programs at the Academy at Ward Technical Center in Riverhead collaborated on a cutting-edge learning experience; dissecting a beef heart.
A human heart is very similar to a beef heart, thus allowing in-depth discussions related to the similarities and differences. Both serve the same purpose: to oxygenate blood from the lungs to the heart and pump it through the body, and both have four valves and four chambers. The difference between the human heart and the beef heart is size and weight. The heart dissection lab allowed the students to observe and analyze, compare and contrast the dimensions, chambers, and valves to gain a better understanding of this unique pump.
Students adhered to safe laboratory procedures when performing the dissection including wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, scrubs, and goggles.
Nurse Assisting and Clinical Medical Assisting students studying anatomy and physiology recently dissected a sheep heart. Their experience was helpful during the beef dissection because they were able to assist in identifying the external anatomy of the heart, locating the base and the apex of the heart, and the right and left sides of the heart.
After orienting the heart so the widest part, the base, pointed upward towards the ceiling, the dissection began. Using a scalpel, a student cut to the lateral wall of the right atrium so probing and an examination of the internal anatomy could begin.
Throughout each phase of the dissection, students answered thirty questions on a Heart Dissection Lab sheet. From their perception of a heart, to the actual appearance and identification of the Cardiac Conduction System.
The dissection of the beef heart was timely for the Animal Science students learning about heartworm disease caused by roundworms. Transmission of the worm is through an infected mosquito. Once the larvae mature, they take up residence in the large pulmonary arteries leading from the heart to the lungs. Students used spaghetti to simulate heartworm disease in the beef heart.
The lab provided a better understanding of heart function because the students got hands-on, observational experience. They learned the anatomy of the heart because they touched it, put their fingers in the valves, felt the fat and muscle, and trimmed away parts of the heart to probe vessels.
This early exposure to techniques and hands-on practice is beneficial to students aspiring to employment in the Health Career professions and Animal Science.
Ward Tech Students Participate in Northwell Health Spark Challenge
On Monday, December 5, 2016, Students from Ms. Reiter's Nurse Assisting and Ms. Burton's Clinical Medical Assisting classes attended The Northwell Health Third Annual Spark! Challenge. The Northwell Health Spark! Challenge is an exciting competition that enables teams of students from local high schools to participate in onsite “Career Days.” Career Days are hosted at multiple Northwell Health sites to introduce students to a variety of careers within health care. Students from Ward Tech traveled to Great Neck to learn about ultrasounds. They were able to perform ultrasounds on one another and had a fantastic experience.Thank you Northwell Health for including us in this years Spark Challenge!
CNA Helps During the Holidays
Students in Clinical Nurse Assisting organized MTC's Thanksgiving Food Drive. The students collected and distributed hundreds of non-perishable food items to those in need. The drive was a huge success and very much appreciated! Great Job!
Students in Clinical Medical Assisting donate to the drive
Remembering Our Troops During the Holiday Season
Milliken Tech Nurse Assisting students decorated, stuffed and filled 18 holiday Christmas stockings for the men and women serving our country who may not be home for the holidays. They each included a holiday card to express how thankful and proud they are of the many soldiers fighting for our country. The stockings were delivered to Grant’s Funeral Home in Coram to be shipped just in time for the holidays.
Spreading Holiday Cheer
Milliken Tech Nurse Assisting students brought warm wishes and holiday cheer to the residents at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville. During the week before Christmas they lined the walls and halls of the facility singing Christmas songs with the residents. As a way to say thank you, they also handed out a pair of socks to each resident.