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Certified Nursing Assistant Succeeds in Reaching A Higher Goal

Certified Nursing Assistant Succeeds in Reaching A Higher Goal

Sandra Glover had worked for 19 years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  She wanted a career change and decided to go back to school to further her education in the healthcare field because she had known for many years that her gift to life is being able to help others.  Sandra said that the best feeling ever is when she knows that she has helped someone. 

When she decided to go back to school, it was a little overwhelming.  She has three kids, and one has cerebral palsy, so much of her attention was needed at home.  She was also working full-time.  Her family has been a great support system to her since returning to school at the Lynchburg Campus.  Sandra said that the classes offered at ANU have been great in preparing her for her associate’s degree in medical assisting.  Sandra added that the class sizes are wonderful, because the instructors are able to offer more one on one with the students.

“My instructors have been awesome with teaching me the tools that I needed to fulfill my accomplishments in medical assisting,” said Sandra.  “I will tell anyone that if you want a career change, do not be afraid to just do it. You have got to make some sacrifices but in the end it will all pay off for you.  I am glad that my drive for a change led me to ANU and I have successfully completed my studies here.” 

Sandra was offered a job by her externship site, even before taking and successfully passing her RMA [registered medical assistant] exam.  “I want to say to all the staff at ANU, 'Thanks for all that you have done to help me succeed,'" said Sandra. “To all new students, just don't give up.  There is help on the campus whenever you need it.  It may get tough at times, but as long as you keep pushing forward and know what you want, you will succeed.”

Graduate Sandra Glover (pictured) is a registered medical assistant.

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MNS Recognized for HIM Support

MNS Recognized for HIM Support

The Columbus Campus recently presented the Distinguished Employer Award to Management and Network Services (MNS), Dublin, Ohio, who has provided numerous externship opportunities to HIM (health information management) students and also employed graduate Myeshia Singer. 

“In our history with American National University, we believe the graduates have outstanding skill sets,” said Maria Clemons, director of reimbursement and information technology. “ In our opinion, both the MA [medical assisting] and HIM [health information management] programs prove to be effective in the continual advances in medical technology.  These individuals have great attitudes and work well with our internal and external teams.   We look forward to continuing our relationship with American National University and employing their graduates into the future.   We will continue to share our open positions as they become available.”

MNS specializes in building skilled nursing networks throughout the continental United States.  Their customers are skilled nursing providers, insurance companies, and ultimately, the members.  The MNS vision is to contribute to the overall healthcare system by eliminating task redundancies regarding managed care for affiliated providers, while reducing the stress for patients and families attempting to locate a suitable bed.  With the complexities of managed care simplified, MNS providers can focus on quality patient care.

Wes Smith, Columbus Campus director, presents the Distinguished Community Employer award to Maria Clemons, director of reimbursement and information technology at Management and Network Services (MNS).

Campus Is a Longtime Supporter of the Local Chamber of Commerce

Campus Is a Longtime Supporter of the Local Chamber of Commerce

Many of our campuses are very involved in the local communities that surround our brick and mortar locations.  The Roanoke Valley Campus is one example.  The campus is situated in the City of Salem that adjoins Roanoke, Virginia.  The involvement of American National University with the local Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce is best explained by the organization’s executive director, Debbie Kavitz:

"ANU has been an active and engaged member of the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce since the early 1980’s.  Over the span of time as a chamber member, four people at the college have served as chamber presidents:  Frank Longaker [ANU President]; Mr. Roger Dalton [vice president of governmental affairs]; Lenora Downing [vice president-Virginia and West Virginia], and Lew Bishop [former campus director].  Numerous other people from the college have served on committees and chaired committees.  Ron Bradbury [campus director] has attended chamber events and joined the regional development committee.  Being new to the area, I knew that both Ron and his wife, Terri, would be excellent candidates to serve as judges for the Salem Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6th.  [They] are easy to talk with...[and because they are new to the area[, newcomers who do not have family members in the parade are just the best to assure fairness, good interest level, and a concerted effort to place awards where deserved.  That’s the hard part and the Bradburys were quick to offer up wonderful compliments of the entire parade and the City of Salem’s effort to make all the infrastructure of the event available to the community.   They were excellent judges for an excellent parade."

Ron said, “My wife and I so enjoyed the Salem Christmas parade.  Our hearts were especially warmed by the children who rode on various floats, so many of whom seemed eager to catch our eye and who appeared so thrilled when we returned their waves.”

Roanoke Valley Campus director Ron Bradbury and wife Terri served as judges for the annual Salem, Virginia Christmas Parade. 

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