South Mountain High School boasts new nursing program

“This program will support students and their career endeavors."

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South Mountain High School boasts new nursing program

Junior Nadia Miranda checks the heart beat  of Maria Garcia. Both are a part of the nursing program at South Mountain High School this year.

Junior Nadia Miranda checks the heart beat of Maria Garcia. Both are a part of the nursing program at South Mountain High School this year.

Junior Nadia Miranda checks the heart beat of Maria Garcia. Both are a part of the nursing program at South Mountain High School this year.

Junior Nadia Miranda checks the heart beat of Maria Garcia. Both are a part of the nursing program at South Mountain High School this year.

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At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, South Mountain High School announced the creation of a Nursing Assistant program which is a two-year course that starts in a student’s junior year. After the completion of the nursing program, students would be eligible to take the Arizona State Board of Nursing Assistant Exam and receive a license to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant. 

South’s principal Brian Guliford explained why this program was added.

“Two years ago, we began conducting extensive research about potential programs to offer for the Academies at South. One of the most important items we evaluated was the extent to which a particular job or program was in demand based on current economic and employment conditions,” Guliford said. “This program will support students and their career endeavors. This program, supports our mission in preparing students for college and life.”

Thomasina Burke is head of the nursing program and is new to South.

“I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. I started as an Obstetric Nurse (labor and delivery) and then went to school nursing, and now here I am teaching nursing,” Burke said. “I was interested in teaching at South because I thought it would be a great opportunity to be able to teach brand new students about the nursing field and turn them into nurses.”

“I decided to pick [the] nursing program because I’ve always wanted to become a nurse,” said junior Aylin Orozco. “When I first learned about the program, it caught my attention fast, and so far I have already learned medical terminology vocabulary and the cardiovascular system. I really enjoy the class and I am so looking forward to our new nursing classroom.”

The new facility is currently under construction on the second floor in the northwest corner of the M Building and is supposed to be completed by December 21.

“I decided to pick nursing because my future is to be an ultrasound technician,” junior Nadia Miranda said. “So I thought this program would take me a step closer to my career.

For junior Shae Harris, nursing is a family affair.

“I chose to be in the nursing program because being a nurse is all my family does, and you can say I want to keep that tradition going,” she said. “I am so happy I made this decision because I love the class and the students as well.”

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