INSTRUCTOR:

SUZANNE FEAST

Suzanne Feast

Ms. Feast started her medical career in 2001 as a EMT in the Alexandria Fire Department rookie school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University School of Nursing in 2007. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with all age groups, trauma nurse, stroke response nurse, poison control center, teleneurology, hospice, IV infusions, with patients taking part in clinical drug trials,  performed COVID-19 testing and a COVID-19 vaccination immunization nurse.  She also has her certification as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse. She is excited to bring her variety of experience in multiple  areas of nursing and translate that to teaching. She is still excited about the field of nursing as it is always evolving.


NURSE ASSISTANT

nurse assistant

In CATEC's Nurse Assistant program, students develop skills for entry into the rewarding career of nursing. Students learn technical knowledge and grow their skills as medical professionals. In the second semester of the course, students engage in clinical placements, working as Nurse Aides in local Charlottesville medical facilities. The program is part of CATEC's Health and Medical Sciences Academy. 

CREDIT, CERTIFICATIONS, COURSE INFORMATION, AND PATHWAYS

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.

CERTIFICATIONS

Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Nurse Aide examination

American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

DUAL ENROLLMENT CREDIT

The Nurse Assistant program is dual-enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 4 college credits.

College Course Codes

HLT 100

HLT 141

College Course Name

First Aid/CPR

Intro to Medical Terminology

Credit Per Course

2

2

College

PVCC

PVCC

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Piedmont Community College

  • Nursing, A.A.S.

  • Medication Aide, Training Program

University of Virginia

  • School of Nursing,  BSN, RN to BSN, MSN

CAREER PATHWAYS

  • Career Opportunity: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

  • Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, groom, move patients, and change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. 

  • National Wage Average: $25,100.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $23,400.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +28.6%

  • Career Opportunity: Practical Nurse

  • Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Similar to a registered nurse. 

  • National Wage Average: $46,000.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $43,000.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +18%

  • Career Opportunity: Registered Nurse

  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. 

  • National Wage Average: $71,700.00

  • Virginia Wage Average: $68,000.00

  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +14%