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“I love helping people and I think Lakeland’s health care aide program is a great opportunity for me to enter this industry and start my career,” says Bugiera. “It’s fun to learn at Lakeland and the instructors are amazing. They’re always willing to help with anything you need. The labs and course work are interesting, and it’s been a great eye-opening experience for me.”
With this one-year certificate program, Bugiera and her classmates are well on their way to completing their blended learning experience. Health care aide students complete their course work and labs over nine weekends at the Lloydminster campus, in addition to two full-time practicums.
“It’s been really great so far,” says Bugiera, adding the program’s schedule allows her to work and continue volunteering. For the last three years she has volunteered her services with the Lloydminster Fire Department and former Britannia Wilton Fire Department. She’s now a volunteer with the Blackfoot Fire Department and completes regular training to keep her skills sharp.
“If I have a call, I have to go. The 3 a.m. calls are fun,” Bugiera says with a laugh.
Learning to complete lifts and transfers, check vital signs and blood pressure, and change dressings are just a few of the skills Bugiera has developed so far in Lakeland’s modern health care labs. This training will be put into action when she completes her final four-week practicum in a long-term care facility.
“I’ll get to work hands-on doing things like checking vital signs, emptying a catheter and other skills that we’ve been learning and focusing on in our labs,” she says. In January, Bugiera completed a 40-hour practicum at the Thorpe Recovery Centre – an experience she described as amazing.
“I loved every minute of it. Our instructors definitely prepared us for it,” she says, adding she was able to connect with clients and learn from staff. “The people there are incredible and it was a terrific experience. I learned so much.”
Once she’s earned a Lakeland health care aide credential, Bugiera plans on furthering her education in health care and continuing to volunteer as a firefighter.
“I’ve always been the person who wants to help and make a difference in people’s lives.”
Photos: In Lakeland's health care labs Delaney has already learned a range of sills, including checking vitals signs and assisting with ostomy care (bottom).