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Four Employees Receive Certificates of Completion at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village

PHOTO CAP: From left are Fahrney-Keedy CNA course graduates Tiffany Waters, Misty Shifflett, instructor Stephanie Alexander, and graduates Trina Hammond and Samantha Shry.

Four Employees Receive Certificates of Completion at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village

Four employees have received certificates of completion in the CNA class started recently at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, Boonsboro.
They are Tiffany Waters of Waynesboro, PA; Misty Shifflett of Williamsport, MD; Trina Hammond of Martinsburg, WV, and Samantha Shry of Boonsboro, MD.
Stephanie Alexander, assistant administrator at Fahrney-Keedy, created the course curriculum, which includes 164 hours of instruction over 12 weeks. She thanked the Fahrney-Keedy Auxiliary for helping with funding and in making the class a reality. "We wouldn't be able to offer the class we have without the auxiliary's help."
Another class, on weekends, begins in mid-June. Ms. Alexander said students' work schedules at Fahrney-Keedy determine the days a class is offered. Each day's session lasts for up to six hours.
Up to eight students may take the course at one time, depending on staffing needs at Fahrney-Keedy. In order to enroll, a prospective student must fill out a job application and write an essay about why the person wishes to be considered for a CNA position. The manager of assisted living and director of nursing, as well as a GNA, help select the list of persons who will take the class. Passing basic aptitude tests in math and other skills also are part of the selection process.
While taking the course, each student spends a day working in each of several departments: laundry, maintenance, housekeeping and dietary. "This helps them see how departments interact and to understand the team concept here at Fahrney-Keedy," Ms. Alexander said.
Passing a final exam means the student is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Then, successful completion of an optional state exam is necessary for a person to become a Geriatric Nursing Assistant. All four recent graduates plan to take the GNA exam.
Ms. Alexander wrote the course plan in six months and, on its first submission to the Maryland Board of Nursing, received approval for it six weeks later. "I'm told that's very unusual," she said.
Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, a continuing care retirement community, is along Route 66 a few miles west of Boonsboro. With 160 full- and part-time employees it serves a resident population of almost 200 women and men in independent living, assisted living and long- and short-term nursing care. Fahrney-Keedy is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors through caring quality service.

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