2007-06-29 / Community

FRHS Nursing Assistant Program Graduates 36

By Miriam Rosenberg

Delicia Gay, a graduate of the nursing program, performs for the audience. Delicia Gay, a graduate of the nursing program, performs for the audience. 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.

The graduates of the FRHS Nursing Assistant Program enter the school's auditorium to the applause of family and friends. The graduates of the FRHS Nursing Assistant Program enter the school's auditorium to the applause of family and friends. Among those working with the program are the Bishop McLean Nursing Home, the Rockaway Care Center and the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority (who hosts a nursing club at FRHS).

Bettina Willis, left, inducts the first officers of the Doris McCartney Theta Chi Chapter Academy Nursing Club at Far Rockaway High School. Bettina Willis, left, inducts the first officers of the Doris McCartney Theta Chi Chapter Academy Nursing Club at Far Rockaway High School. During the ceremony, Theo Joseph, left, and Ian Baker spoke on behalf of their fellow students. During the ceremony, Theo Joseph, left, and Ian Baker spoke on behalf of their fellow students. The pinning ceremony begins as Carmella Lu, right, nursing instructor, congratulates one of the first students to walk across the stage. Students received pins and certificates for their completion of the program. The pinning ceremony begins as Carmella Lu, right, nursing instructor, congratulates one of the first students to walk across the stage. Students received pins and certificates for their completion of the program. FRHS Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator Christiana Lambson joins the new nursing assistants as they watch a retrospective of the students' years in the program. FRHS Nursing Assistant Program Coordinator Christiana Lambson joins the new nursing assistants as they watch a retrospective of the students' years in the program.

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