Ten Grinnell College students began a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program on Monday, January 6th in The Mayflower Community (Grinnell IA). This will be the second class of College CNAs trained by Mayflower with the first having graduated in June 2019.
Under this special program, the students will be attending full-time CNA classes during their semester break. The classes are taught by certified instructor, Vickie Wieck, RN, Mayflower’s Staff Development and Quality Assurance Nurse.
Working in conjunction with Grinnell College and Iowa Valley Community College, Mayflower is providing intensive training for CNA certification. Upon certification, the students will work part-time as CNAs in Mayflower’s Health Center and Beebe Assisted Living, as their schedules permit. Their long-range goals include acquiring practical work experience as they pursue health careers.
The program is being coordinated by Mary Jane Shroyer, Director, Health Professions Career Community, Center for Careers, Life, and Service, Grinnell College; Robin Carmichael, Health Education Coordinator, Iowa Valley Community College, Grinnell; and Kellie McGriff, BSN/NHA, Associate Director/Administrator, The Mayflower Community.
The students are pictured during a recent day of “clinicals” (on-site training) at Mayflower. Front row left to right are Danielle Mydlo, Jade Bustamante, Lynn Nguyen, Abby Nielsen, and Olivia Krousie. Back row, left to right are instructor Vickie Wieck, Jill Paladino, Devanshi Patel, Heidi Korando, Onyin Onuegbu, and Durowaa Agyeman-Mensha.