Verona Area High School Nursing Assistants Class Unique in Dane County

Verona Area High School Nursing Assistants Class Unique in Dane County
Posted on 11/03/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Verona Area High School Nursing Assistants Class Unique in Dane CountyThe Verona Area High School (VAHS) has much more to offer than just its common core classes, some interesting electives, or their fabulous arts/theater or sports clubs/organizations. Each Fall semester, the high school opens its doors to a Nursing Assistants class—something only a few high schools in the area offer due to elevated state requirements.

The idea was originally designed due to the shortage of nurses in the area and the fact that students would have had to drive across Madison to take the class as a requirement before college entrance for nursing. VAHS’s principal, Pam Hammen, decided it just made sense to bring the class to Verona and allow students to take it on the spot and become a testing spot! (More of the story below!)

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The class is taught by Madison College instructors (also paid by Madison College) to teach up to 16 students per semester. Students must apply for the class, and are reviewed by the high school to ensure they maintain good grade status and test scores, and have kept up on immunizations and other health tests required by the state.

The students have currently left their books and are now in the practicum phase of practicing skills on mannequins in their classroom hospital lab, which include “fake” (or student) patients, hospital beds and more! The lab is regulated by the Department of Health, who regularly audits the Madison College Nursing Assistant program to ensure state standards are being met.  

In November, the students will then transition to their clinical phase, which is a supervised setting with real patients from St. Mary’s Care Center and UW Hospitals and Clinics who work alongside Madison College for the program. Students spend FIVE HOURS twice a week in their clinicals, definitely allowing them to face the reality of a future in the health industry.

If students complete the rigorous class schedule, they simply have to take their board exam and they are immediately a certified nursing assistant. They not only get high school credit, but also get credit from Madison College if they desire to continue their education beyond the assistant level. Typically the class would cost a student approximately $500 if they were to pay for this post high school.

In addition to this class, the high school also offers a Medical Health Occupations class and a Medical Terminology class for students wanting to dive in even deeper on what the medical world has to offer outside of nursing.

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