LISD TECH Center Hosts Annual CNA Pinning Ceremony
The LISD TECH Center held its second annual Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) pinning ceremony for students in both the Nursing Preparation and the Certified Nurse Aide programs on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. 26 LISD TECH Center students were pinned as part of the ceremony, having met state requirements to earn a CNA certification. One additional student met CNA requirements but was unable to attend.
The Certified Nurse Aide program, one of more than 25 state-approved career technical education (CTE) programs at the LISD TECH Center, focuses on providing nursing and related services to residents in long-term care and assisted living facilities, as well as home health care curriculum. Nursing Preparation is designed to help high school seniors build a strong academic foundation in order to meet the rigorous nursing school entry requirements, including classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. Both programs afford students the opportunity to sit for the State of Michigan certification exam to become a CNA. CNAs provide direct care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and home care, assisting with basic daily needs.
“CNAs serve a key role in a patient’s healthcare team,” said Lisa Dunlap, Nursing Preparation Instructor. “CNAs build relationships with their patients and help improve their quality of life in a multitude of ways. We are so proud to welcome these students to the nursing field.”
A pinning ceremony is a rite of passage for anyone entering the nursing profession, with CNA being the stepping stone to a higher degree of nursing, The pin is awarded as a symbol of identification that dates back to the mid-1800s and the era of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.
“This ceremony is one just one example of the efforts by the LISD TECH Center to prepare students for the future, whether they continue on to higher education or head directly into the workforce,” said Jenny Heath, LISD Executive Director of CTE and Secondary Programs. “Lenawee County offers more than 60 industry-recognized certifications through local CTE programs and continues to look for additional opportunities for students to earn valuable credentials at no cost to them.”
Other LISD TECH Center programs contributed to the event in the following ways: invitations designed by Graphic Imaging Technology; corsages made by Horticulture; cookies and refreshments prepared by Culinary Arts; and lamps 3-D printed by Engineering, Robotics, and Mechantronics.
The LISD TECH Center is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year. To learn more or apply, visit the LISD TECH Center website.