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Nurse aide program at RCC recognizes achievers

At a May 3 ceremony in Rappahannock Community College’s Glenns Campus lecture hall, twenty-nine students—from both RCC campuses as well as RCC’s Kilmarnock Center—were presented with an Award of Completion for putting in 165 “contact hours” within the Nurse Aide Education Program. This accomplishment allows them to take the Virginia Board of Nursing nurse aide exam, and then to pursue their healthcare careers.


The director of the nurse aide program, Karen Taliaferro, welcomed attendees, telling them that they will be the base upon which the whole healthcare system rests. “We are all proud of you,” she said.

“Practical nurses and registered nurses cannot do their jobs without you,” affirmed Charles Smith, the dean of RCC’s health sciences programs. “They depend on your skills. Although sometimes it won’t be obvious, know that you are appreciated more than you will ever know.” He added, “Most of you will be working with the elderly . . . take this challenge and make it an opportunity. You may be the last human contact for many of your patients. Make those moments count!”

Several students rose to express their thanks to family, friends, and the program instructors, who were Jacquelyn Cloude, Joanna Hyde, Susie Lewis, Brian Sydnor, and L’Tanya Taliaferro. One of these, Brian Sydnor, shared a remark from the spouse of a patient, who praised the nurse aide students for performing their duties so well and boosting his wife’s morale—“it made her day!”

“The most important thing that you bring to the facility that you work in,” concluded Smith, “is your smile.”

Clinical facilities for Glenns Campus students were graciously provided by Riverside Convalescent Center in Saluda; for Warsaw Campus students by The Orchard, a senior living community; and for Kilmarnock Center students by The Lancashire Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, a Virginia Health Services facility.

Students recognized on this occasion were Vanessa Becerra and Crystal Jackson, Essex County; Natalie Drouin, Amelia Dunston, Sarah Robins, and Andrew Warner, all of Gloucester County; Ashley Harris, Hanover County; Jasmine Harris, Shaletta Roane, and Brittney Smith, all of King and Queen County; Emily Amorim, Carson Crouch, and Ashley McDougal, all of King William County; Kasey Ashburn and Sara Herring, Lancaster County; Leora Hall, Mathews County; Jalisa Carter, Danielle Hundley, and Amanda Pitts, all of Middlesex County; Elizabeth Clark, Timothy Croxton, Trenniece Finney, and Rachel Thomas, all of Northumberland County; Helen Via, New Kent County; Dawn Gordon and Shanita Lee, Richmond County; and Alicia Ingram, Robin Keys, and Maurisha Turner, all of Westmoreland County.

An additional 92 students completed the 165 hours previously mentioned plus an additional three-credit elective course qualifying them for RCC nurse aide career studies certificates, which were awarded at the college’s Commencement ceremony on May 10. These were Laureana Ess, Carley Graves, Cara Harrison, Bridgette Phillips, and Sara Rowe, all of Colonial Beach; Laura Adams, Makayla Boston, Laurel Courtney, Victoria Ellis, Angel Faw, Kimberley Haught, James Johnson, Stefanie Johnson, Emily Langford, Kayla Langford, Laurie Loving, Brittany Owens, Michele Reynolds, Madison Schneider, Taishonna Taylor, and Jasmine Thompson, all of Essex County; Harley Trammell, Gloucester County; Jasmine Harris, King and Queen County; Elizabeth Crowell, Brittany Kesner, Dawn Marlow, Stephanie Merrill, Whitney Nickens, Jessica Olmedo, Damitri Robinson, Amber Seay, Edna Smith, Shamerah Taylor, Tyasia Thompson, Hannah Travis, and Darshia Ward, all of Lancaster County; Megan Ashberry, Amber Cantrell, Aly Collins, Amy Collins, Mariah Davis, Taylor Denton, Christa Hinton, Emily Hudgins, Leanne Moughon, Amber Mountford, Brittany Owens, Shekinah Parker, Samantha Rutter, Lamar Saunders, Charlene Smith, Caroline Stewart, Isabelle Turner, and Mercedes Wells, all of Mathews County; Heather Ashe, Alexis Beverley, Meagan Brown, Rachel Crews, Sarah Goodrich, Justice Hill, Latara Jackson, Tanesha Scott, Emily Walton, Jordan Walton, Tiffany Willis, and Courtney Zedek, all of Middlesex County; Amanda Cornwell, Northampton County; Alice Bryant, Co’Reia Carter-Noel, Solnett Lee, Destiny Robinson, and Andrea Rogers, all of Northumberland County; Zhaleesa Carter Chelsie Conley, Madeline Dhillon, Yolanda Gray, Lindsey Hamlet, Nakia Reed, Hether Rose, and Carol Veney, all of Richmond County; and Sheneka Booker, Ruby Cantu, Taylor Green, Jasmine Jackson, Ametria Johnson, Keyane Kelly, Maria Murillo, DaNeka Payne, Markie Pitts, Ashley Saunders, and Tineshiai Smith, all of Westmoreland County.

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