The Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) is now offering a Medicaid Nurse Aide (MNA) career pathway for students in the Allied Health Science (AHS) program. The training provides students with didactic instruction to be able to perform patient intake and assessment services that include collecting and recording patient medical information, obtaining vital signs such as pulse, respiration, and blood pressure as well as triage services. “Our new MNA pathway is the culmination of the three -year program of study currently offered to students at the CFI with the third year consisting of a clinical practicum,” said Mrs. Tammy Jones, MSN, RN, and MNA program coordinator”. Jones further indicated that as a component of the training students learn and utilize medical terminology and various emergency procedures such as CPR, first aid, and EKG monitoring. Students will practice as a nurse assistant and provide quality bedside care such as bathing, feeding, and other standards based personalized patient care. The pathway is primarily of interest to students who seek to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), a Registered Nurse (RN), or a Nurse Practitioner.
"We have established partnerships with various healthcare organizations to include Laurel Heights of London, the Christian Health Center of Corbin, Home Helpers of London, and a career-shadowing program with Saint Joseph London," said Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal. Students that successfully complete the three-year program of study may qualify to become state registered nurse aides and may also pursue supplemental training in order to earn nationally recognized certifications such as Patient Care Technician (PCT), EKG Technician (ECT), Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA), or Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through our partnership with the National HealthCareer Association (NHA). Students who complete the CFI program and meet established standards are granted admissions to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Union College through an innovative high school to college pathway partnership.