Classroom Cribs: Rayville High School
Wendy Chevallier always knew she wanted to be a nurse.
"I like putting a smile on other people's face," says Chevallier. "I enjoy being there for them to give them an encouraging word and a shoulder to cry on when they're going through things."
When Chevallier isn't teaching patients, you can find here at Rayville High School, teaching the Nursing Assistance Program, where students are doing more than just learning from a textbook.
"They do everything a CNA does," says Chevallier. "They help with feeding, bathing, dressing, changing linens, and helping with the lighting."
Students describe the experience as an adventure, but some admit, it wasn't easy at first.
"It was and a little scary," says Magan Higdon
Higdon says getting hands on experience as a nurse has truly been an eye opening experience.
"It's different because when you're looking at in the book and talking about it, it's different than when you actually get to physically do it, and now I'm actually getting to apply it with my hands so I understand it more," says Higdon.
Chevallion says getting hands on experience not only helps students learn faster.
"It provides them different opportunity to become job ready when they get out of high school or I've even had juniors that come through the program and become certified and get jobs working after school," says Chevallier.
Chevaillier says that's important for today's workforce, since rural places like Rayville are always in need of more nurses.
"Our elderly population is growing in numbers, so we need nursing assistance to come to the hospitals and nursing homes to fill those voids," says Chevallier.
That way, students like Higdon can put their expertise to good use.
"Then when I get to college I'll already have some experience," says Higdon.