Paving Students' Future in the Medical Field
September 27, 2016
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Out of the multitude of electives available at Paradise Valley High School (PVHS), Mrs. Lazo’s Health Care Assistant Clinic (HCAC) class is one of the few classes to have specific academic goals, outstanding student praise, and career opportunities.
The HCAC is a class dedicated to giving young students a chance to learn and grow in the healthcare field. The class trains students in multiple medical fields with the end goal of every student becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
According to Mrs. Latzo, the HOSA chapter advisor and a certified nurse, “The CNA class … works as actual CNAs at the hospital”. This hands-on activity gives students the chance to have real practice as a CNA, shifting their experience for the actual job to come. For three days a week, these students get hands-on training at the hospital. According to Mrs. Latzo “They take a test at the end of the year to become a Certified Nursing Assistant”.
The students that take this class are being trained to become real nurses in the work force. According to Mrs. Latzo, “The senior class’ [goal] is that they would be able to have a career in health”. Students conduct labs and other types of direct training activities that eventually lead them to a certified career in the nursing field. Many of these students give a shining review of her class. Kaci Stalcup, a Senior at Paradise Valley High School, praised the class saying, “I love the class. I have learned so much and have become involved in lots of things”.
However, being a CNA is a commitment that the students in the class have to apply for. Mrs. Latzo explained that each student has to apply to the class before hand, showing their commitment to the class and their willingness to take the next step in their medical career. According to April Alvarado, “It gives an unique opportunity to students that want to enter into the healthcare field”. As well as this April went on to give a stunning review of the teacher and the class alike. With guidance and hard work, many of the students become full-fledged medical practitioners, paving the way for advances in the medical field.