Pittsburgh Job Corps Center

Pittsburgh Job Corps Nurse Aid Students Learn Lessons From Vets

March 13th, 2018

On Friday, March 9, 2018, a NATP class had the opportunity to visit the Southwestern Veteran’s Center. This NATP class had just spent the last 2 weeks participating in Dementia training with Ms. Cheryl Bach, NATP Clinical Instructor provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a training that provides students with basic knowledge of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It gives them a look into their world, and sometimes has exercises where the students can simulate experiences of the disease.

Our students met Mr. John Ayer at the VA that day. We got a tour of the facility, and of the Dementia unit. The students made green holiday “Shamrock” cards with cheerful sayings to pass out to the residents, and decorated in their rooms and doors. They also handed out “Shamrock” sugar cookies, and gave them to residents. They were all very eager to have a sweet treat! Students assisted in picking up trays from lunch, emptying linen and trash bags to help staff. They learned how to make “Military Corner” beds, and assisted with making remaking beds. The students enjoyed meeting all the residents on the unit and talking with them all.

They got to assist in the activities department at the end of the day. They got a private tour from some of the veterans themselves who showed them their artwork.
The students were all invited back to assist with volunteering for future activities and outings. They were very impressed by Job Corps Students professionalism.