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Aug 20, 2013

Students in Bonnie Kiefer’s evening Invasive Procedures class recently hosted a “stick party” at the Louisville campus. Volunteers allowed the Invasive Procedures students to practice their skills in performing finger sticks and arterial sticks for blood draws. Afterwards, the volunteers enjoyed refreshments. Students performed under the watchful eye of instructor and director of healthcare education Bonnie Kiefer. Bonnie explained that students need 14 successful “sticks” to pass the class.

A student who was eager to demonstrate her skill at the “stick party” was Shanae Breckenridge. Shanae, who expects to graduate next summer with an associate’s degree in medical assisting, talked about her decision to come to National.  Shanae explained that she originally studied to become a paralegal, but after her child was born, she was interested in a career that she could obtain “quicker” as she “had an interest in the medical field,” so she began classes at National in September, 2012.

Having completed several courses in the medical assisting program, Shanae is looking forward to using her skills in an entry-level medical assisting position. At this point, she does not have a preference for a doctor’s office or hospital work setting.  She said, “I can really work anywhere” to gain experience. The skills practiced at the “stick party” will certainly be useful in Shanae’s future career.

Medical assisting student Shanae Breckenridge (left) is pictured with business student Rashida Hughes.

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