Working with seniors is an enriching experience for Francisca Faidora, a high school student and already a certified nursing assistant.
“It’s an experience that teaches you patience, because you have to wait. You have to be careful with them, do things at their own pace. It really teaches you a lot of values, ”Faidora said.
She is enrolled in the Geriatric Career Development Program at the New Jewish Home on West 106th Street.
In March, when COVID-19 hit, classwork was posted online. But practical clinical education was at risk. Restrictions prevented high school students from entering the building. The house then decided to hire students as employees, so that they could be safely tested and monitored for COVID-19 while continuing their education.
Faidora said she remembered thinking, “Am I going to be an employee?” Oh wow! ”
New Jewish Home CEO Dr Jeffrey Farber told CBS2 that the program was a lifeline for underprivileged youth and that sustaining it during the pandemic was a priority, despite the additional spending.
“It makes a lot of sense if you see the program as the right thing to do. When you make decisions according to values, as an organization, it becomes quite simple, ”said Farber.
Having a pool of newly created certified practical nurses also helped the home to staff the house during the crisis.
“I want to help. I want to be part of this movement. I heard a lot about “the front lines” and it made me think that I am a little, a little on the front line. It gives me encouragement. I said: ‘Yes, I want to help,’ ”Faidora said.
COVID-19 certainly couldn’t stop these high school health heroes.
The New Jewish Home’s GCD program also helps students continue their university education. Faidora is a recent immigrant from Nigeria who dreams of attending Dartmouth and someday working as OBGYN.
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