Nurse Assistants Benefit from the New Allied Health Lab

Nurse Assistant students at Middlesex Community College’s downtown Meriden Center will soon benefit from The Meriden Foundation Allied Health Lab, thanks to a $12,537 major gift from The Meriden Foundation, plus significant $3,000 contributions from both The CUNO Foundation and the James H. Napier Foundation.

The new lab will enhance MxCC’s Certified Nurse Aide Program there and will be ready for the CNA class that begins Sept. 15.

The lab will house two patient care areas complete with hospital furniture, manikins, blood pressure and phlebotomy simulation trainers, and patient care equipment. Patient and bed linens were donated by Middlesex Hospital.

“The college, its students, and the community at large all benefit from the generosity shown by The Meriden Foundation, the CUNO Foundation, and the Napier Foundation,” MxCC President Wilfredo Nieves said. “We are extremely grateful to the community-minded foundation trustees who supported this effort.”

Diane Bordonaro, R.N., Allied Health coordinator at the college, said, “Developing a nursing lab is an exciting addition to our classroom facility at Meriden. The new lab will enhance the student experience by helping develop students’ clinical skills prior to their clinical placements. Improving the nursing skills of our students strengthens our CNA Program and raises the level of success our graduates achieve.”

Middlesex Community College has offered credit and non-credit classes in Meriden for more than a decade.

“Our growing presence in Meriden shows a college clearly committed to a community, especially to the ethnic minority populations that account for 44 percent of our Meriden enrollment,” Nieves said. “MxCC Certified Nurse Aide graduates have been very successful in securing employment in the healthcare industry.”

The Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. was charged with seeking external resources to fully fund the project.

The Certified Nurse Aide Program, which is approved by the State Department of Public Health, provides an opportunity for students to enter the healthcare field. Middlesex Community College offers five sections of Certified Nurse Aide training each semester (fall and spring) with additional sections during the summer. Classes are held in three different locations – Middletown, Meriden and Old Saybrook.

The program graduates 170 Certified Nurse Aides each year. Students are taught to care for people who need help in caring for themselves. Theory lectures are enhanced by clinical training which is held at a local nursing home. Students develop nursing skills used in basic patient care and are required to demonstrate competency in these skills in order to pass the course and achieve State of Connecticut C.N.A. certification. As the elderly population increases so does the demand for nurse aides. Middlesex Community College Certified Nurse Aide graduates have been very successful in securing employment in the healthcare industry. Nurse Aide Certification is also a great stepping stone for a career in nursing.