Waelder High School students gain skills through Nurse Aide class at VC’s Gonzales Center

Becoming a registered nurse


VICTORIA, Texas – Paulina Rangel, Natalie Nino, Lorena Macias and Alice Aguilar, Waelder High School students, were concerned at first about taking the Nurse Aide class offered at Victoria College’s Gonzales Center.

“When we started, we thought it was going to be a really hard class, but it hasn’t been that hard,” said Rangel, a junior. “I want to become a registered nurse, and I’m learning a lot of new skills.”

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide close, hands-on healthcare to patients in medical settings. In order to be eligible to take the Texas Nurse Aide Registry exam, students have to successfully complete the Nurse Aide class.

“Six of the seven students in this semester’s class are high school students,” said VC Gonzales Center instructor Tricia Storey. “Most of them want to go into nursing school.”

Three other high school students in Gonzales County are a part of the class. Three of the four Waelder High School students drive to Gonzales for the night class and anticipate building a career in nursing.

“This class has really helped us learn how to take good care of patients,” said Nino, a senior.

Some duties performed by CNAs include turning or repositioning bed-ridden patients; taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs; documenting patients’ health issues and reporting to nurses; feeding patients; measuring patients’ food and liquid intakes; cleaning rooms and bed linens; helping with medical procedures; and dressing wounds.

Students must be at least 16-years-old to take the class, and a high school diploma is not required.

“There is a high demand for CNAs in our area,” said Shari Gould, VC’s Allied Health Continuing Education director. “Many times, students get hired right after taking the class. Gaining certification as a nurse aide can be a stepping stone to higher-paying careers in the healthcare profession.”

Call 361-582-2412 or email HealthCareers@VictoriaCollege.edu for more information about the upcoming Nurse Aide and other Victoria College Allied Health Continuing Education offerings.

Shown in the picture are the four Waelder High School students taking the Nurse Aide class at Victoria College’s Gonzales Center. Pictured from left are Paulina Rangel, Natalie Nino, Lorena Macias and Alice Aguilar.