Bella Sera celebrates CNA grads

Bella Sera celebrates CNA gradsBella Sera, the skilled nursing facility at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, recently celebrated the first six graduates of its inaugural Certified Nursing Assistant training program.

“Each student demonstrated commitment and dedication to enhance their education and chosen careers,” said Cheryl Pullen, MDS Coordinator at Bella Sera and CNA program facilitator.

“The students had to be organized to maintain their daily employment work schedule, family commitments, as well as the rigorous Certified Nursing Assistant course. These six students will be of great benefit to the community of Ridgecrest and we are so incredibly proud of them.”

The graduates are Zoila Badillo, Allison Bates, Joanna Dantes, Maija Henderson, Lakana Panergo and Osmond Tolai.

The fast-paced program exceeds the California Department of Public Health requirements of 75-plus hours of classroom/lab and 100 hours of supervised hands on clinical experience at Bella Sera.

The CNA program required homework per textbook and workbook assignments, and consistently practicing skills learned. The students were thoroughly trained in theory and clinical skills to provide quality care to the residents at Bella Sera. The Nursing Assistant Training program will enable nursing assistants to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, home health, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Bella Sera is currently accepting applications for the second CNA program, starting Feb. 18. Application deadline is January 31. For more information and applications, contact Eddie Condie or Cheryl Pullen at Bella Sera, 760-446-3591.

Pictured:Bella Sera Staff, including Christian Salviejo, Cheryl Pullen, Eddie Condie and RRH CEO Jim Suver, celebrate with the first six CNA graduates of the new program. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-01-28