Photo by Michelle Harris. Region A Nursing Consortium second year students recently obtained stroke certification as part of the health care concepts class. Students in the consortium are from both Haywood Community College and Tri-County Community College. Students are pictured with their instructors on the second row, left side Region A Nursing program director Michael Youngwood and Annette Guy and right side Michael Reed.

Region A Nursing Consortium second year students recently obtained stroke certification as part of the health care concepts class. Students in the consortium are from both Haywood Community College and Tri-County Community College.

Because of this certification, students can accurately quantify physical and neurological symptoms of stroke. Developed by the National Institute of Health, this certification requires a 100 percent accurate assessment of six video case studies.

“Through this certification, our students have demonstrated competency by proving their assessment skill,” says HCC nursing instructor Michael Reed. “Our students now have an additional skill added to their resume increasing their marketability in a highly competitive industry.” 

All 50 second-year students are now certified.  This benefits the communities of Western North Carolina not only when they graduate, but since many of these students currently hold health care related jobs, this is an immediate benefit to the industry and patients.

“In the evolving world of professional nursing, it is vitally important that we recognize the need for our students to not only be skilled but competent,” explains Michael Youngwood, director of the Region A Nursing Consortium. “To this end, as contemporary nurse educators, it is incumbent upon us to seek out and provide opportunities, like the stroke certification, for our students to gain additional skill sets that will help them to serve our communities.”  

HCC is currently accepting applications for admission to the nursing program for the fall 2020 semester. In addition to nursing, the College also offers several other health profession programs including medical assisting, nurse aide, pharmacy tech, EMT and paramedic. For more information, please visit haywood.edu or call 828-627-2821.