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Certified Nurse Aide Scholars Participate in Traditional Pin Ceremony

More than 43 scholars from the Health Science Career Education Pathway celebrated their accomplishment with a traditional pinning ceremony. Pins were presented to candidates for completion of requirements for: NYS Certified Nursing Assistant and Nurse Assistant. A pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly graduated nurses into the nursing profession. Pins were given by teachers from the program.

A few alumni from the program returned to show support and highlight their accomplishments since their pinning ceremonies. The keynote speaker for the event was: Charlize Ava Bultron a 2nd grade scholar who participates in the Newburgh Armory’s K-Career program that offers education to students on Saturday mornings with NFA teacher Mrs. Linda Romano.  A second keynote address was made by Yamatha Lozado, a 9th grade scholar from the Middle school program taught by Linda Romano afterschool this year and throughout the upcoming summer.   Speakers also included members of the community partnerships, Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Crystal Run Healthcare, Access: Supports Living, and Sapphire Nursing Care.

View and download all photos from the Pinning Ceremony here.

Scholars recited the Nursing Assistant Oath after receiving certificates and pins. St. Luke’s provided a bag of goodies for each scholar. A special thanks to those who have supported these programs all year: Sapphire Nursing Care Center, Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Crystal Run Health Care, Access: Supports for Living, Mr. Bill Kaplan and Mr. Andy Komonchak from the Newburgh Unity Armory Center and substitute Fran Catania

Prior to the event, students participated in an interview day where nine scholars received full-time jobs. Students developed their resumes and cultivated interview skills in addition to completing requirements, developing skills, and passing necessary tests to be eligible for the available positions. Toward the end of the event, students participated in a professional development session for suicide prevention training and earned a certificate for completion offered by Access Supports for Living.

The Health Science Career Education Pathway program is one of 21 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are offered to high school students at Newburgh Free Academy. Teachers for the Nurse Aide program include 2018 ACTE National Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Linda Romano, Dr. Stacy Shewprashad, and Lorraine Moore.

Requirements for each category:

NYS Certified Nursing Assistant: Candidates have successfully completed all course requirements, earned half a year Academic Credit in Health, two Career and Technical Education elective credits, and have earned the CTE endorsement on their diploma. The students are now on the NYS Office of Professions and NYS Department of Health Registry, they hold the credentials and title of NYS Certified Nurse Assistant. 

Nurse Aide Candidates have successfully completed all course requirements, earned half a year academic credit in Health, two Career and Technical Education elective credits, and have demonstrated successful competency in Skill Performance Competency after NYS Department of Health Skill test and/or NOCTI performance exam. These students have met the skill requirements of Health Aide/Nurse Aide.

Once completed, the pathway offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside care is needed. Curriculum is mandated by the New York State Department of Health and includes the required clinical hours in a nursing facility. Students graduate with a New York State Nurse Aide Certification and have the ability to work in a variety of care settings including Nursing home, hospital, doctors office, and home care.

This year graduates are leaving with the following certifications:

NYS Department of Health Nurse Aide Certification

NOCTI – National Industry/Job Readiness Nurse Aide Certification

NOCTI- National Industry/Job Readiness Home Health Certification

American Heart Association- Basic Life Support CPR and AED. This certification is held by healthcare professionals.

Suicide Awareness

Peer Education- Breast Cancer Awareness Certification and American Heart Association Peer Teach Hands Only CPR certification

The following candidates have successfully:



The candidates gained clinical experience and mentoring through:


The candidates participated in Community health awareness and peer education through:


The candidates also are part bringing healthcare education and wellness to our community’s young scholars age 5-13 through Mrs. Romano’s Saturday Scholars in Scrubs and Middle School Scholars in Scrubs located the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. 


*Chassity Acevedo                         

* Joshua Fuentes                                

*April Matamoras

*Jessenia Soto

*Alexis Anderson                              

Yessica Gallardo                               

*Dalia Mendez                           

 Lynard Summerlin

Amoy Anglin                              

*Gabriella Garcia                               

*Leslie Mitchell                     

*Gema Vidals

*Jaqueline Aquino                     

* Jennifer Garcia                                

*Angelly Moreno

*Kayla Arterburn                         

Litzy Garcia                                                   

*Na’kaiya Morris

*Vanessa Berrospi                       

*Alex Giron                                                               

Citlali Neri

Nichole Brown                            

*Da’Maya Grant                                

*Diana Perez

Gabriel Caceda                            

Salome Guevera                                 

Ackelia Robinson

Daisy Cruz                                   

*Nicole Legette                                 

*Alyssa Rodriguez

Daysia Delahaye                           

*Jennifer Lopez                                 

*Chynna Rosencrans

*Ashley Dorrmann                        

*Kayla Lopez                                    

Jadeline Silva

*Brianna Farina                            

*Lissy Lopez                                     

*Ashley Simeon

*Christine Flores                         

Christopher Marshall                         

**Danielle Simpson

View and download all photos from the Pinning Ceremony here.

ATTENTION: Are your scholars or colleagues doing something great? Please contact the district Communications Team at communications@necsd.net. We’d love to visit your class or event and/or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district!

Date: 2019-06-20 08:35:21 AM


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