7 Students Follow Career (High) Path To CNA Jobs

Melissa Bailey PhotoOn top of their regular high school classes, Neidaly Gonzalez and Keylanie Flores spent 100 hours learning how to bathe, feed and comfort senior citizens. They ended up on the path to finish high school ready to land jobs.

Neidaly and Keylanie (pictured above) were two of seven seniors at Hill Regional Career High School who recently completed a course at the Adult Education Center for aspiring certified nursing assistants.

The course took place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday, for five weeks. Students took classes and also worked with patients at the Advanced Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of New Haven (formerly the Jewish Home for the Aged).

It required a lot of extra work, said Keylanie: “We sacrificed a lot.”

They learned how to fight the spread of infection, give seniors baths, and transfer them carefully from a bed to a chair.

Neidaly said she transferred from Riverside Academy to Career High for the sole purpose of training to become a CNA. It turned out Career stopped offering the class, so she and fellow students trekked to Ella Grasso Boulevard to take the class at the Adult Education Center.

After completing the course, the students are now ready to work as home health aides. If they graduate from high school in May, and pass board certification exams this month, they will finish high school ready to join the workforce as CNAs.

The students who passed the course were: Neidaly, Keylanie, Sasha Martin, Gulay Catalbasoglu, Vanessa Galarza, Cadi Rine and Daja Rios.

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posted by: sandstorm on March 14, 2014  3:07pm

These young women obviously have the commitment and tenacity needed for career and educational advancement. I hope that their career paths are further enhanced with continuing education and certifications and salaries that are commensurate with their skills. Allied health careers abound and opportunities exist at Gateway and SCSU.

posted by: OccupyTheClassroom on March 14, 2014  4:48pm

So proud.

posted by: wendy1 on March 15, 2014  10:41am

These young people picked a job that is hard work but poorly paid.  With the onset of the baby-boomer die-off, these kids will be kept incredibly busy;  I just hope they learn to fight for their share of the pie and get a union to protect them.  God bless them.

posted by: Interesting thought on March 15, 2014  3:45pm


It has become increasingly more difficult for RN’s to find employment. Everyone flocked to nursing d/t the so called nursing shortage. Many new nurses are searching for jobs for well over a year. I know, it sounds nuts but the shortage is long over. And to add insult to injury, Yale began hiring RN’s with Bachelors degrees ONLY. They now have taken over St Raphs, which hired those with Associates Degrees. In the past, they would scoop up the new grads, right out of nursing school. That is a thing of the past. Again, no more shortage…

The new nurses must now apply for jobs at long term care facilities..which was, in the past, UNHEARD of/beneath the new RN. You would typically only see the older RN at a convalescent home. Those RNs, who had done their time in the hospital and wanted a slower, less rigorous pace. Not the case anymore. New RNs are now lining up to settle for jobs with the older population & don’t learn how to be top notch nurses. They are pill pushers and B.S. paper chasers…it’s very very sad! And their salary range? Low to mid $20.00/hour. Yale starts RNs with $27.50. Even with a BSN. Wow…so much training, mind numbing work, license always in jeopardy, so many student loans and to make only $27.50? Pathetic if you ask me. In the olden days, when there was a nursing shortage, when they were desperate?? They paid at least $10.00 more/hour. Especially those who had experience.

Many CNAs who have gone on to become LPNS usually end up regretting it. The pay and respect is low, but the responsibility and job requirements are equal to that of the RN, With less pay.

CNAs get less pay and far less respect…they work even harder. Many new CNAs are immature and don’t understand the seriousness of their work. I have been in this business for 26 years and have seen the quality of the CNA on a downward spiral. Many nursing homes are places where you wouldn’t send your worst enemy.

There needs to be an article about this very topic…