|Pattonville alumnae that earned CNA certification in high school now working front lines against COVID-19|
|Tuesday, April 14, 2020|
Several Pattonville High School seniors have earned certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) after completing their CNA training at Pattonville and passing the state certification exam. Over the years, many have continued working in the health and medical fields furthering their education in order to help others.
"All of these students are PHS grads who completed their CNA training at PHS and are fighting the good fight right now,” health science teacher Ms. Anjie Stendeback said. “I could not be more proud of the work that these kids, former students, professionals are doing right now.”
The CNA certification requires students to complete 75 hours of rigorous classroom training, 100 hours of on-the-job training and successfully complete a two-part final examination. Students can use their certification for employment immediately after high school or to build their college resume prior to applying to a health care program of study.
“This is an awesome testament to our certifications leading to something great.”
Stendeback is proud of these former students who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are the feel-good moments as a teacher.”
Former students that have submitted their name and information to be shared are:
Laney Davis (Class of 2014) is working as an RN in the ER at DePaul Hospital.
Stepany (Lopez) Dominguez (Class of 2012) currently works at St. Mary’s Hospital on the orthopedic, medical-surgery floor which is serving as its COVID-19 floor right now. She graduated from Pattonville with her CNA certification in 2012 and from Maryville University with her BSN in 2016.
Lydia Hale (Class of 2015) is a BSN, RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cox Health South in Springfield, Missouri.
Samantha Klein (Class of 2014) completed her CNA training at Pattonville and currently works as an RN at Cardinal Glennon.
Kiora McKinney (Class of 2017) works at DePaul Hospital as a Clinical Partner (CNA) and for the past couple of weeks, she has been moved to the ER to help screen patients who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or who have potentially been exposed. She is always teaching patients to practice proper handwashing and social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Kaylee Renee Moody (Class of 2016) is a registered nurse and has earned her bachelor of science in nursing and currently works at Mercy Hospital.
Emily Nessing (Class of 2014) is currently a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital. She completed her CNA certification during high school and currently works on the neuro floor which was turned into a COVID-only floor last month.
Bre Schumacher (Class of 2017) is currently working as a CNA.
Jazzlyn Westbrook (Class of 2015) is currently working as a CNA at a long-term care facility in Chesterfield.
Maggie Zumwalt (Class of 2019) is a patient care technician at St. Luke's.