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More than 30 YUHSD students complete CNA program

SLHS nursing students Even in the midst of a global pandemic and an ever-changing learning landscape, 35 Yuma Union High School District nursing students passed their Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) exams to earn their CNA license.

Nursing students enrolled in YUHSD’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program at Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, and San Luis were again among the state’s best with a 95 percent pass rate.

“I am beyond proud of the grit that each of them has put forth in order to achieve their goals despite the chaos of the current pandemic,” Cibola High School Nursing Instructor Ezra Mendoza said. “In true nursing fashion, they pulled through and kept going when the world around them was pausing. They could have easily given up and used the pandemic as an excuse, but it fueled their fire to help instead. When it got tough, they got tougher. They just kept showing up...no complaints...like this is where they were meant to be. These are the future nurses that will be taking care of us. They will continue to persevere through the pandemic as they start their careers, not an easy feat for anyone new to healthcare. They are a true example of what it takes to be a nurse in 2020, the Year of the Nurse.”

San Luis High School Nursing Instructor Jaana Noe added, “This class has faced some difficulties this semester with a global pandemic, attending another campus due to our campus shut down, and unable to complete all the required onsite clinical hours. Yet, this class persevered and met all the requirements. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition for nursing students. The pin signifies their joining the ranks of other CNA’s. The pinning ceremony was in the nursing classroom. Two students, Melanie Nunez and Luis Santillan spoke to the class, echoing the challenging semester, and pointed out the families, school administration, and CTE support. This class has come to complete clinical simulation at different times, even on weekends. They have what it takes to be nurses, smart, and tough! They make me proud.”

Since the start of the 2017-18 school year, more than 200 students from YUHSD schools have earned their pins.

Nursing is a comprehensive, two-year program under YUHSD CTE with students experiencing the passion of providing quality patient care in a variety of healthcare settings; performing personal care procedures including taking vital signs, transferring patients, and providing therapeutic treatments; and practicing health care techniques in a clinical environment using effective patient communication among other things. During the second year of the program students take part in 80 hours of supervised internship at a local care facility.

Currently, Kofa, Gila Ridge, San Luis, and Cibola offer nursing. However, beginning in August 2021, Yuma High School will launch its nursing program.

Here is a list of students who completed their CNA license in the fall semester:

Cibola
Jocelyne Cardenas; Alexandra Carrillo; Yosselin Guerrero Mancera; Celeste Diane Lore; Breeana Marie Nunez; Stephanie Tapia Ochoa; Kaleih Tatlonghari; Eric Adam Vela; Emeli Evangelina Wayas

Gila Ridge
Abbygail Amon; Hannah Elaine Bailey; Ruby Danielle Barragan; Jordan Faith Bunte; Elizabeth Gomez; Gabriela Jimenez; Alyssa Johns; Jason Nguyen; Star Alexandria Raygoza; Sydney Williams

Kofa
Alva Sanchez; Bryan Caudillo; April Valerie Elias; Daniella Gonzalez-Magdaleno; Iszabella Islas; Irma Maciel Romero; Prescilla Martinez; Josue Martin Sanchez; Isabela Tapia Benavides

San Luis
Daniel Bojorquez-Orozco; Haymee Cordero Lopez; Annette Juarez; Maria Fernanda Medina; Melanie Clarissa Nunez; Melanie Guadalupe Sanchez; Luis Santillan; Carolina Zatarain-Moreno

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org