SANFORD -- Central Carolina Community College recently honored nine graduates of a pilot program providing additional training for Nurse Aides who care for patients in the home.
The CCCC training was part of a federal-state pilot program to develop, evaluate and disseminate a core curriculum for a Home Care Nurse Aide certification. Pilot programs were carried out at selected institutions in just six states.
In North Carolina, CCCC was one of only 12 community colleges chosen by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for participation in the program. Four high schools also took part. The program was funded in each through federal Personal and Home Care Nurse Aide State Training (PHCAST) grants. CCCC's Lee County Continuing Education Department received a $9,500 grant to offer three phases of the training.
During the second semester, the college's Lee County Continuing Education Department trained nine students, who were already listed on the N.C. Nurse Aide-I registry, as Home Care Nurse Aides, increasing their knowledge and skills in caring for patients in the home.
The nine received their Home Care Nurse Aide specialty certificates at a presentation ceremony May 31 in the college's Lifelong Learning Center at the W.B. Wicker Business Campus, in Sanford. They are now eligible for listing on North Carolina's new Home Care Nurse Aide Registry.
"We want to be on the cutting edge of new program offerings," said Judy Farmer, CCCC Lee County Medical Programs coordinator. "We are also interested in offering any type of program that increases the employment potential for our students."
Those receiving their Home Care Nurse Aide specialty certificates were Elizabeth Lucas, Deborah Riddle, Sharon Hudson, DeAnn Trevathan, Summer Tedder, Mary Norman, Linda Hill, and Sharon Dalrymple, all of Lee County; and Stephanie Welton, of Harnett County.
To enroll in the course, the students had to show proof of current listing on the N.C. Nurse Aide-I Registry and completion of an approved nurse aide training program.
Betsy McNeill, R.N., taught the three-month pilot program. It provided advanced training in home care through emphasizing person-centered care concepts, patient and person safety, hydration/nutrition, mental heath/dementia, behavioral changes, pain management, palliative care, stress management, and how these relate to home care.
Also attending the May 31 graduation were Dr. Jennifer Craft-Morgan, research scientist with the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute on Aging; Susan Harmuth, senior program manager for the N.C. Foundation for Advanced Health Programs; CCCC President Bud Marchant; CCCC Executive Vice President of Instruction/CAO Lisa Chapman; and CCCC Dean of Continuing Education Phyllis Huff.
For more information on CCCC's Continuing Education medical occupations programs, visit www.cccc.edu/ecd or call one of the college's Continuing Education Department offices: Lee County, 919-777-7793; Harnett County, 910-814-8823: or Chatham County, 919-545-8044.
Central Carolina Community College was one of 12 North Carolina community colleges that participated in a federally funded pilot program to train Nurse Aides to be certified Home Care Nurse Aides. On May 31, nine graduates of CCCC's program received their certificates during a graduation ceremony at the college's Lifelong Learning Center at the W.B. Wicker Business Campus, in Sanford. The pilot program was funded by a federal Personal and Home Care Nurse Aide State Training grant through the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Those graduating were (front, from left) Sharon Dalrymple, Stephanie Welton, Mary Norman, and Sharon Hudson; and (back, from left) Summer Tedder, Linda Hill, Elizabeth Lucas, DeAnn Trevathan, Deborah Riddle, and instructor Betsy McNeill R.N.