HOYA 1 Feb/Mar Article
How do you know it is spring? Vock gets out her sandals :) and they are on! The students are officially CPR certified and ready to save a life. Clinicals have started and so far the students are doing great! Our residents are loving the extra attention. Students now get to see what they are learning or have learned put into action. It is all very REAL now.
We work hard but we also find time for play. We enjoyed making a quick snowman during a class break. He was injured in appearance, but fun to make! On February 20th 32 of the 40 students were able to participate in a big breakfast. I was volunteered by a student to cook for them all and it was a blast. It was a great way for all three classes to meet and bond before clinicals started. The nerf bullets may have been flying, hide and seek took place and just dance was playing on the WII.
This month we are focusing on mental health and not only how to care for others, but how to care for ourselves. There is a high burnout rate in health care, so self care is so important. Yoga will be the highlight of the month as we adventure to the yoga studio downtown for some real mental relaxation and healthy body movements. It is one of my favorite days of the year. Most students grumble about it, but after completing the session they end up feeling so positive and good.
We will also begin to study Alzheimers and how it impacts the patient as well as the family. This is a statistic from the American Alzheimer Association: More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's. An estimated 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's in 2022. Seventy-three percent are age 75 or older. About 1 in 9 age 65 and older (10.7%) has Alzheimer's. Approach, care, critical thinking and patience is all super important in the care of an Alzheimer patient/resident.
Congratulations to our December and January students of the month for Trustworthiness and Responsibility; Aya Malik, Jayden Thome, Izzabella Wilson, Payton Debord, and Sadie Fowler.
Just a reminder May 9th at 6:30 p.m. is our pinning ceremony at St. Johns Church for those who complete the CNA portion of the class. Please save the date!