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Nurse Aide


Program Synopsis: The Nurse Aide Program is located at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. The Nursing Program’s mission is to teach students to give nursing care with compassion, commitment, and competence. Students are prepared to provide nursing care for clients in a variety of health care settings.
Nurse Aide: Nurse Aide is a technical course offered at the junior and senior grade levels. Students study nutrition, geriatrics, body structure and function, and medical terminology. They are also introduced to disease and infection control. The course includes basic nursing skills including communication skills and interpersonal relationships, CPR, first aid, and patient care. This is a one year program and upon successful completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the licensing examination to become a certified nurse aide.

Instructor: Mrs. Mesco

Desired Aptitudes: Solid performance in Math and Science.   Students should have good communication skills.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary

Median Salary
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides Occupational therapy   assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists in   treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the   therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop,   recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. $47,490
Opticians, Dispensing Dispensing opticians   help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from   ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which   eyeglass frames or type of contact lenses to buy. $32,940
Optometrists Optometrists perform   eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases. They prescribe   eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed. $94,990
Orthotists and Prosthetists Orthotists and   prosthetists, also called O&P professionals, design medical support   devices and measure and fit patients for them. These devices include   artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or   surgical devices. $65,060
Pharmacists Pharmacists dispense   prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use. $111,570
Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy technicians   help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. $28,400
Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides Physical therapist   assistants and physical therapist aides work under the direction of physical   therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses,   and surgeries regain movement and manage pain. $37,710
Physical Therapists Physical therapists   help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage   their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment   of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. $76,310
Physician Assistants Physician   assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of   physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients,   diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment. $86,410
Physicians and Surgeons Physicians and   surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians   examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order,   perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to   treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and   deformities, such as cleft palates. This wage is equal to or greater   than $166,400 per year.
Podiatrists Podiatrists provide   medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle, and lower leg   problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery. $118,030
Psychiatric Technicians and Aides Psychiatric   technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and   developmental disabilities. The two occupations are related, but technicians   typically provide therapeutic care, and aides help patients in their daily   activities and ensure a safe, clean environment. $26,880
Radiation Therapists Radiation therapists   treat cancer and other diseases in patients by giving radiation treatments. $74,980
Radiologic Technologists Radiologic   technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on   patients. $54,340
Recreational Therapists Recreational   therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation programs for people with   disabilities or illnesses. They use a variety of techniques, including arts   and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. These   programs help maintain or improve a client’s physical and emotional   well-being. $39,410
Registered Nurses Registered nurses   (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public   about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to   patients and their family members. $64,690