Certified Nurse Assistant program at JHHS enjoys newly renovated facility

What was already considered a fine professional learning resource for many years got even better when the building that houses the JHHS Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program recently received an upgrade. The program, under the supervision of Lesley (Caskey) Duck, delivers an engaging curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, decision-making and team concepts as well as elements of care and communication/interpersonal skills that meets all state regulations. Theory and skills practice, including a clinical experience at a nursing facility is also conducted under registered nursing supervision. 

“There are some awesome CNAs, Nurses, Doctors and other healthcare professionals that have completed this program over the years,” said JHHS Principal Chevonda Leonard. “Words can’t express how thankful we are to Mrs. Duck for carrying on this great tradition.”

Entering her third year as Instructor for the CNA program, Ms. Duck came to JHHS after being employed as a Registered Nurse for the Winn Parish School Board and Medistar Home Health. She expressed her gratitude not only for the renovations to the facility but to those who were leaders of the program before as well as those who support her and provide opportunities for participants today.lesley caskey duck

“I am so grateful to be apart of such a wonderful program and school family at JHHS. We are very fortunate to have our newly remodeled classroom and lab. I have enjoyed it as much, if not more than, the students this year,” said Duck. “The CNA program truly is an amazing opportunity for the students throughout Jackson Parish. I realize this program is what it is due to those before me like Mrs. Kelly Staples, the faculty who have and continue to support the program as well as opportunities we are provided by Mrs. Sandra Billings and staff at Forest Haven, who are so welcoming to our students during our clinical rotation.”

The renovation to the building that remodeled the classroom and lab was met with excitement from not only those who are currently associated with the program but former participants as well. 

“This is so awesome,” said Alvetta Thompson in a Facebook post. “The CNA program was the beginning for me of a wonderful career that is that I still enjoy18 years later.”


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