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Phlebotomy and EKG added to Camden nurse’s aide school

Posted: January 5, 2017 5:47 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Lori Cahill, left, and Cindi Mulder are the instructors for PDTS’ new Phlebotomy and EKG program. The two have over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry and in education. They, along with the instructor/owner of the school, will have an open house January 16.

A Camden nurse aide post-secondary institution has added two additional programs to their school, Phlebotomy and EKG. 

Kesha L. Hayes, Owner/Instructor of Professional Development and Training Services has hired two veterans in the healthcare industry to teach Phlebotomy and EKG classes at her school. 

According to Oxford Dictionaries, “Phlebotomy is the surgical opening or puncture of a vein in order to withdraw blood or introduce a fluid.’

According to medicinenet.com, EKG is when “electrodes are placed on the skin of the chest and connected in a specific order to a machine that, when turned on, measures electrical activity all over the heart. Output usually appears on a long scroll of paper that displays a printed graph of activity on a computer screen.” If someone has ever watched a medical drama on television, the monitor in the hospital room emitting the beeping waves is displaying the image of the heart’s activity. 

The first instructor is Cindi Mulder, a registered nurse of 39 years with experience in healthcare education teaching various subjects, an American Heart instructor and clinical instructor. The second instructor, Lori Cahill, a registered nurse of 38 years brings experience as an army nurse, a healthcare educator, and an instructor with American Heart as well. 

“As a young entrepreneur in the healthcare profession, I am still growing and learning and I’m honored to have two women with over 70 years of combined experience working with me,” Hayes explained.

The two women explained the curriculum for the new program.

“These classes are didactic with hands-on skill sets to offer basic Phlebotomy, EKG and basic arrhythmia (a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm),” Mulder said. “We have mirrored traditional programs, but have allowed it to be a flexible schedule to help the working individual.” 

This program targets adults seventeen and older because “these classes can benefit them in finding part-time and full-time employment in the industry,” Cahill added.  

Hayes said so far individuals in their 50s and 60s have shown an interest in the program because people do not want to stop learning. She also explained that not everybody can enter a technical school because they do not have their GED or diploma. Individuals without a GED or diploma can still attend her school once they submit a background check, the state’s requirement. PDTS also gives a second chance to those who need to start over in their careers. 

They explained how the supplementary program will help individuals in the county. 

“It brings a new offering of a needed skill set in healthcare,” Mulder said. “Healthcare is suffering for the lack of great personnel and training centers that teach a collaboration of skills and professionalism.” 

There are two options for taking the week long Phlebotomy and EKG course at the school. 

Option one is offering full day classes Tuesday through Saturday totaling 26 hours for Phlebotomy and 16 hours for EKG to include clinical rotation/lab simulation. The other option is half day with Phlebotomy offered in the a.m. and EKG in the p.m. still offering the same amount of hours.

All three instructors stated that this is a private approach for the demand in healthcare. They said transportation is an issue in the county, but also in the state. They said with this school being in the middle of the county, it is better for students to travel within the county versus outside the county. They say lack of transportation affects people’s health as well. 

Because PDTS, LLC is located in the heart of the county, students learn here and find work here, and that keeps everything in the county, they all said.

All three women explained how the addition of the programs to the nurse aide program makes the individual well-rounded. 

“When people come through PDTS, it helps individuals to be marketable and well-rounded in the job market,” Mulder said. 

“This new program gives students hands-on experience to view if they actually love to work in healthcare,” Cahill said. “Healthcare is not just something in a book; it’s something inside of you. My heart breaks when someone goes through a four-year program to be in the healthcare industry, and after receiving their degree they realize it is not something they want to do because they did not receive the hands-on experience.”

Cahill and Mulder talked about the importance of individuals learning a trade. They believe trades are on high demand and are a stepping stone.

“There are individuals that have degrees and still not working in the field they went to school for,” Cahill said. 

Mulder agreed by saying, “This class is affordable and students are not taking on a full debt as they figure out their desires.” 

Both instructors agreed that they can teach students how to properly do the skills, but they will also teach professionalism as well. Hayes is a strong believer of learning critical skills like communication, professionalism and adaptability. 

All three women says it is great when nursing assistants can perform the skills necessary to get the job done, but professionalism in addition to that will give them the chance to move up the totem pole in healthcare. 

“It doesn’t matter where you are on the totem pole of healthcare, the certified nurse’s assistant is the backbone of hospitals and geriatric facilities,” Cahill said. “If your CNA’s aren’t equipped with the skills or the professionalism, it reflects on that healthcare facility.”  

For those interested in taking the new course, the instructors will have an open house on January 16, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school. The school is located inside of the Jackson Teen Center, 1000 York Street. For  more information visit the website at www.pdtsllc.com. 


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