About the Class

Wondering if the world of medicine is right for you? Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to find out. This class prepares you for the Washington State certification exam. Experience learning basic patient care in the classroom and lab and then give that care to patients in a long term care setting during your clinical internship. Explore the many opportunities in the medical field. You’ll be immediately employable after certification; this is a high demand occupation. Earn 10 college credits at Everett Community College or 17 credits at Edmonds Community College, via the Dual Credit programs at each college.

All health class students need to declare proof of insurance for internships:

nursing students
nursing students

Meet the instructor

I have been a nurse for 34 years, having worked at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, an oncologist’s office, a walk -in clinic, a surgery center in the operating room, and a wound clinic. It has been a fascinating journey. The majority of my nursing career (20 years) has been in the operating room at a day surgery center. I specialized in plastic surgery and orthopedics, but I assisted in a variety of procedures from putting tubes in children’s ears, to assisting in laser surgery for removal of kidney stones. Everyday was different and I loved it.

What I love about this program is offering students a chance to learn about healthcare careers  they may not have even known about, and giving them a foothold into an industry that offers stability, flexibility, a good salary with benefits, daily variety, and personal satisfaction. CNA’s work in an array of settings, and not only at skilled nursing homes. CNA’s are needed in hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, home health care and other places.

I am thrilled to be teaching students the art and science of caring for others.