FRHS Nursing Assistant Program Graduates 36
It was a program that had died and has now been brought back to life. That is how the principal of Far Rockaway High School described it when 36 Far Rockaway High School Students students graduated from the newly revamped, Far Rockaway High School Nursing Assistant Program earlier this week.
When she first came to the school several years ago, Principal Denise Hallett found the program - which began in the 1970's - in a sorry state. It was the work of Assistant Principal Arthur Registre, Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator Christiana Lambson and other staff members who made it possible for the first annual pinning ceremony to be held on June 25 in the school's auditorium. Students completed classroom courses in theory, and lab training in medical procedures. In addition, they completed supervised rotations at nursing homes in the area in order to get the necessary experience to move into the career field.
"These graduating seniors have completed a twoyear program in which they learn the skills necessary to function as a Certified Nursing Assistant in nursing homes and long-term care facilities," wrote Lampson in an overview of the program.