Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 12-15-06

For immediate release.

HCC’s Nurse Aide Classes Give Georgia Price the Career She Always Wanted

According to Georgia Price, an EKG Technician at Haywood Regional Medical Center, the more you know, the better person you are. And you can gain knowledge at any age. After working as a custodian and bus driver for the school system, she decided at age 48 to try something she had always wanted to-the medical field. She took Nurse Aide I classes through the continuing education division at Haywood Community College. But she didn’t stop there. She also completed the school’s Nurse Aide II courses. As a result of clinical requirements, she landed her job at HRMC.

For the past four years, Price has been an EKG Technician in the Pulmonary Department where she administers EKGs all over the hospital, as many as 50 per day.

“I like working with people and making them smile and feel a little better even when they are sick,” Price said.

Price started her career at HRMC as a nurse aide and still fills in when the need arises. She has also found that the knowledge she learned in her classes has come in handy to take care of her husband who is sick.

Curtis Wilkerson, Cardio Pulmonary Director at HRMC, says, “Georgia frequently steps outside her role to fill in where she’s needed. She is close to being indispensable.”

Price started her education at HCC at the age of 31 when she completed requirements for a GED. But she’s not finished learning yet. She would like to complete phlebotomy classes offered at HCC.

The next Nurse Aide I class to be offered at HCC will begin on January 8. The next Nurse Aide II class will soon be announced. For more information about HCC’s health related Continuing Education classes, call Terri Taylor at 627-4617 for more information. HCC’s GED classes are ongoing with options available online and Express. For more information about these classes, please call 627-4643 or 627-4648.

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(Cutline: ) Photo by Debra Davis. Georgia Price, an EKG Technician at Haywood Regional Medical Center, completed the Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II classes at Haywood Community College that helped her land a job at the hospital. She has worked in her current position for four years.