Learning the way of the CNA

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN CNA camp participant Naw Gay Moo assists Katherine Huntley-Gomez with walking by utilizing a gait belt. In the next photo, Eh Ler Pwe Pah takes the blood pressure of fellow camp participant Leah Pyle. And next, participants in the CNA training camp include, from left, Eh Ler Pwe Pah, Naw Gay Moo, Katherine Huntley-Gomez, and Leah Pyle with Gwen Maag, RN, CNA camp instructor.

HURON — A first-time program in Huron concluded Monday with four participants testing to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant certification, all at no cost to the participants.

Gwen Maag, RN, with Avera Health, led the training for the four participants, and at the conclusion of the CNA training camp, which ran from Wednesday through Friday of last week with a final computer test and “skills” test on Monday, each participant could earn her CNA certification.

The CNA training camp program is set up for those who are in high school or have recently graduated and are at least 16 years old.

The camps are held throughout the state and the full cost is paid through the Chart Your Career scholarship that is sponsored through Advantage South Dakota and host organizations. This year, the camp was offered in three locations in the state — Yankton, Mitchell, and Huron.

Katherine Huntley-Gomez and Leah Pyle are both planning to further their nursing education, but CNA credits are required as part of that education, and both stated that this gives them a leg up on their future education.

“I am going to have to get it anyway,” said Pyle. “It’s good to get it out of the way.”

Maag mentioned that the course could save participants $1,000, and that’s not counting the time that a traditional CNA course would require.

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PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN CNA camp participant Naw Gay Moo assists Katherine Huntley-Gomez with walking by utilizing a gait belt. In the next photo, Eh Ler Pwe Pah takes the blood pressure of fellow camp participant Leah Pyle. And next, participants in the CNA training camp include, from left, Eh Ler Pwe Pah, Naw Gay Moo, Katherine Huntley-Gomez, and Leah Pyle with Gwen Maag, RN, CNA camp instructor.

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