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First Students Graduate From New PCA And CNA Certificate Programs At UNM-Los Alamos

on May 25, 2017 - 8:10am

Los Alamos Medical Center Environmental Services employee Maria Victoria Rygh earned her Certified Nursing Assistant and Personal Care Attendant certificates. LAMC CEO John Whiteside, left, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and Chief Financial Officer Steve Winegeart attended her graduation May 12 and congratulated her on her achievements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAMC's Maria Victoria Rygh, right, with other CNA and PCA graduates at the May 12 ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The first students enrolled in the newly offered Personal Care Attendant and Certified Nursing Assistant certificate programs at UNM-Los Alamos have completed their studies.

The students received certificates during UNM-LA’s 36th annual convocation graduation May 12 at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road.

Interim Dean of Instruction Kay Willerton presented the graduates with their certificates including Yulissa Castillo, CNA; Ana Derma, CNA; Maria Eadie, CNA, PCA; Alisha R. Garcia, CNA; Bianca V. Ponce, CNA; Maria V. Rygh, CNA, PCA; Latasha M. Yates, CNA; Weifeng Fan, PCA and Carmen Salazar, PCA.

“We are pleased to celebrate our first graduates in the Personal Care Attendant and Certified Nursing Assistant programs that we began this year. We celebrate the commitment and the achievement of each student ... ,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said at the graduation.

Los Alamos Medical Center Environmental Services employee Maria V. Rygh was awarded her Certified Nursing Assistant and Personal Care Attendant certificates at the May 12 graduation ceremony. LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and Chief Financial Officer Steve Winegart attended the ceremony to show their support for Rygh and congratulate her on her accomplishments. 

“We are so proud of her ... she is such an asset to us and we look forward to seeing her future achievements,” Whiteside said.

The Personal Care Assistant five credit hour class, PCA 101, is a one semester course. Training includes 16 hours of clinical training at a nursing or rehabilitation facility. During the program, students learn to monitor vital signs and keep records, move a patient from bed to a wheelchair, walk with a walker or cane or with a gait belt, care for and groom a bedridden patient, feed a patient, deal with tubes (ostomy, catheter, drainage tubes) and administer CPR and first aid. Other areas of study include infection prevention, basic anatomy and physiology, common chronic or acute conditions, human development and aging, fall prevention, changes in diet with aging and Hospice.

The Certified Nursing Assistant eight credit hour class, CNA 101, is a one semester course. The course includes 32 hours of clinical training at a nursing or rehabilitation facility in addition to classroom time. During the program, students learn to administer CPR and first aid, deal with tubes, measure and record input and output, monitor vital signs and keep records, move a patient from bed to a wheelchair, perform range of motion exercises and walk with a walker or cane or gait belt, among other areas of study.

To apply for a certificate program at UNM-Los Alamos, contact Cindy Leyba at cleyba@unm.edu, call 505.663.3407 or visit http://losalamos.unm.edu/degrees-certificates/certificates/personal-care....

The mission of UNM-Los Alamos is to provide innovative, rigorous and affordable education opportunities to build essential foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs and life-long learning opportunities.

Los Alamos Medical Center Environmental Services employee Maria V. Rygh receives her Certified Nursing Assistant and Personal Care Attendant certificates from UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney at the May 12 graduation ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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