CNA Program

Clinicals Underway

Posted: December 7, 2021

The Fall 2021 KSS Nursing Assistant students have started Clinical at two local facilities. They have completed the classroom instruction and over 60 skills for patient care. The certification exam is scheduled for January 13th, 2022.

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October 2020 Update

October 28, 2020

Nursing Assistant students are practicing taking vitals signs, pulse and various other skills. They are practicing proper infection control techniques by wearing a surgical mask and protective eyewear when working closely with "patients".

During usual class time, they are safely spaced 6 feet apart and wear masks.

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Fall 2020 CNA classes underway

Sept. 23, 2020

Amidst the Covid 19 restrictions, there is a full class of Nursing Assistant students. Practicing safe infection control measures such as abundant use of hand sanitizer, surgical masks and medical-grade eye protection, the students have started skills. During regular class/lecture - we are masked and seated safely 6 feet apart.

Pictured: Yana P, Caroline S., Lillian P., Jenna D., Ava U., Shanda H., Shelby S., Morgan W.

Nursing students learn communication skills

Feb. 10, 2020

The Nursing Assistant students were provided communication techniques specific to patients with vision or hearing impairments. Special classroom guests were Lauren Risbrudt Eliason, Specialist with MN State Services for the Blind. She provided simulation goggles that mimic various degrees of visual impairment.

Students experience visual impairment

L to R: Lauren Risbrudt Eliason, State Services for the Blind, Mia M., Alexandra B.,Kaitlyn K., Caitlyn B., Ashley S., Kaylee S. Seated L to R: Gracee A., Maddy H., Alaina A.

Another classroom visitor, Jerry Geist, Specialist with MN State Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, provide detailed communication skills for working with someone who is hearing impaired. Jerry himself is deaf and speech-impaired and uses lip-reading and signing for communication; accompanying him was Michelle, a signing-speech interpreter.

Jerry Geist, State Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Twelve students complete Nursing Assistant course

January 6, 2020

These 12 students were successful in completing the Nursing Assistant course and all took the National Nurse Aide Assessment written and skills test in December. Six of them already have NA positions with local facilities. They also earned 3 college credits.

Olivia K, Maddie B, Nevaeh K, Gabby B, Alanna K, Marilyn K, Ainsley H, Ella R, Brooke B, Liv H, Connor J, Abbi W

Sue Risbrudt, RN Nursing Assistant Program Instructor

CNA students complete clinicals

December 17, 2019

These Kennedy Secondary School’s Nursing Assistant students completed their clinicals Friday December 13th at LB (Broen) Home.

Three of these students have accepted employment at LB Homes. They will begin December 30th with a special orientation program for graduates of KSS NA program. Congratulations and thank you LB Homes for the great clinical experience and collaboration.

Pictured L to R: Josh Campion LB Homes HR/Staff recruiter, Nevaeh K., Alanna K., Marilyn K., Abbi W., Brooke B., and Liv H.

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Nursing Assistant class starts Clinicals

These Nursing Assistant students were at LB Broen home last week. They have been successful in practicing their clinical skills on each other and were prepared for actual patients/residents. They obtained vital signs on several residents.

Pictured L to R: Nevaeh K, Marilyn K, Abbi W, Alanna K, Brooke B, Olivia H.

Nursing Assistant class starts Clinicals

ictured here are nursing assistant students who have started their clinical instruction, working with actual patients/residents. This group gets their clinical exposure at Pioneer Care Center in Fergus Falls. This week, they were practicing taking vital signs on the residents there.

L to R: Maddie B, Connor J, Gabby B, Ella R, Olivia K, Ainsley H.

It's all vital

October 11, 2019

The Nursing Assistant students are learning the value of taking vital signs in preparation of attending clinical soon. Students pictured: Maddie B, Olivia K, Ella R, Gabby B, Connor J, Ainsley H, Abbi W, Marilyn K, Nevaeh K. Absent: Olivia H, Alanna K, Brooke B.

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NA students increase communication skills

Sept. 18,2019

The Nursing Assistant (NA) students are increasing knowledge on communication skills with an emphasis on various techniques used for communicating with an impaired individual. This week, Lauren Risbrudt Eliason, a representative of the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, provided learning tools which simulate various types of visual impairment. The NA students will utilize the new techniques when they complete a Geriatric Communication assignment at a local nursing facility.

NA Students: Abigail Wooton, Liv Herzberg, Brooke Backen, Maddie Boyd, Gabby Brimhall, Ainsley Hansen, Connor Johnson, Alanna Keller, Olivia King, Nevaeh Komestakes, Ella Reinhardt, Marilyn Karsnia

Students complete NA program requirements

Thirteen Nursing Assistant students were successful in completing the NA program/curriculum requirements. They all took the National Nurse Aide Assessment exams this week. Congratulations to all!

Front row L to R: Amelia B., Julia K., Amy J., Atlanta G., Angel G. Second row L to R: Makayla H., Ashlyn E., Logan S., Jessie H., Hope F.,Annelise P., Laci S., and Michaela H.

Nursing students visit area facilities

May 3, 2019

The Nursing Assistant student recently toured various healthcare facilities in Fergus Falls: Lake Region Healthcare (photo on the helipad), Woodland Lodge and the Minnesota Veterans Home.

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Nursing Assistant students start clinicals

April 15, 2019

In recent weeks, the nursing assistant students started their clinical practice at Pioneer Care Center and LB Broen Home. Prior to attending clinicals, the students learn how to meet basic human needs, such as bathing and dressing, oral cares and range of motion exercises. They practice those skills in the classroom on each other or simulation manikins at FFHS in preparation of final clinicals and the national Registry exam in May.

CNA students learn to take vital signs

March 7, 2019

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CNA Students Explore Geriatric Communication Techniques

February 19, 2019

The Nursing Assistant students utilized communication techniques specific to the elderly while attending a Field Trip to Ashby Living Center Friday, February 19th. The students had been exploring barriers to communication such as hearing and vision impairments as well as cognitive changes, all which can interfere with the communication process.

CNA Success!

Jan. 14, 2019

The FFHS Nursing Assistant students successfully completed the requirements of the CNA program and took the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exams, both written and skills January 10th and 11th at M State Fergus Falls. Congratulations to all the students who were successful in the course and the NNAAP testing! Good work!

FFHS CNA Students as pictured: Megan Lindgren, Tia Hubert, Sophie Rausch, Audrey Mudford, Maddie Longtin, Sierra Hatlewick, Ali Hughes, Maddiey Weinrich, Teryn Bosek, and Ashlyn Heikes.

Nursing Assistant students prepare for healthcare employment

Dec. 12, 2018

The Nursing Assistant students were given a presentation by Lauren Risbrudt, local representative for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. The students were given the opportunity to wear specialized goggles that simulated various degrees of blindness. This presentation is in preparation for readiness for healthcare employment.