Colleen Rankine, Kimberly Hall South, 8 years CNA
Transition to College English 101
I want to start college to become a dietitian/nutritionist. Part of my goal is to be a role-model for my daughters who are 9 and 2 years old.
In addition to learning college English skills (reading and writing), it’s also allowing me to see if I can balance school, work and family through time management.
Because they keep the classes small, I get individual attention from my instructors, who are patient. I enjoy having adults as classmates.
It is a challenge to get my homework done. Because I work full-time and have to attend class onTuesday and Wednesday morning. I work a double shift every weekend. I miss fun activities with my kids on the weekends.
If you have fears about going back to school as an adult, go to the 1199 Training Fund; they help you conquer your fears. It’s not about passing or failing, it’s about learning.
Use it! It’s free! And, it’s your bosses money– not even out of union dues! It’s your employers’ way of telling you that they are in support of education and upward mobility. They might not tell you to your face. Even if you don’t want to educate yourself for goals, you may want to be able to better assist your children with their homework.
I have an artistic side. I write poems. At a younger age, I lost my friend and her two sons in a violent crime. During this this difficult time, I discovered that poetry helped me get through my grief by expressing myself on paper. This is one of my poems:
A Mother’s Pain
By Colleen Rankine
With streams springing from her sleepless eyes,
She greets the crescent moon just before it dies.
Her bare feet hurry along the grassy track,
And coldness bites her scarcely covered back.
Roosters echo their melodious song,
Breaking the silence while she journeys along.
Rivers run down her haggard face,
As she thinks of his final resting place.
By a stray bullet, her baby boy was killed;
Ten years today and the void cannot be filled,
Ten years and the wound is scarlet still.
Just as the sun peeps over the hill,
The grassy cemetery comes into view,
And she walks to his tiny grave covered with dew,
She whispers softly as though he can hear,
“My precious child, have no fear.
In my heart, you have a special place,
And your memories I’ll never erase
So, if tomorrow I do not visit
Know that I am with you in spirit.
I am Hyacinth Bewry, and I have worked for 20 years at West Hartford Health Center, as a CNA in their Dementia Unit.
Computer Class: Smartphones, Tablets and Netbooks on Tuesdays at 11am. The class meets for 2 hours for 12 weeks.
I want to be literate in technology because there are so many things that now replace using pencil and paper. Anything you need is there– google search, directions. People used to use a map, now we use the phone to GPS. I want to focus on technology and become more advanced. It’s difficult to not know. You can depend on yourself more, rather than depend on someone else.
It increases my knowledge of technology. Now our computers are on the phone and smaller devices you can carry with you.
I most enjoy learning how to download music, use apps for the pharmacy and get the weather
The hardest part is the typing-getting your eyes off the keys!
Get up, go out! Help yourself with technology. I keep one day a week open to take computer class. There’s a time when you’re going to need it. I mean for yourself, your own good and benefit.
My banana bread is banging! That’s what my kids say. Also, I love to decorate; my bathroom, right now is pink and burgundy. Soon I will change my mind again and redecorate with a new color scheme.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1199 nurses from throughout Connecticut gathered for the Training Fund’s 5th Annual Nurses Conference. The theme for the day was “Nurses as Leaders.” Presentations and workshop topics included:
Comments afterwards included:
Comments on the workshops:
On Tuesday, October 18 over 200 1199 members, Union leaders, and guests attended the 14th Annual Training Fund Conference in Cromwell, CT. The theme of the day was “Raise the Bar: The Future is Now” and all in attendance took this theme very seriously. There was a keynote panel entitled “Living Well, Today!” and conference participants chose between the following workshops throughout the day:
Here is what our members had to say about the conference:
On Tuesday evening June 14, 2016 the Training Fund recognized 54 nursing home members of 1199 who have graduated during the 2015-2016 school year at the annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Family, friends, co-workers, and Union officials gathered to offer best wishes to this year’s graduates. Members earned High School Diplomas, Certificates, Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Master’s Degrees!
Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates who have worked long and hard to achieve their goals!
Speakers at this year’s graduation included:
Althea Mitchell Blake, Kimberly Hall South, High School Diploma
Amdrilla Erskine, Touchpoints at Bloomfield, EKG Technician
Uel Benjamin, Greensprings Health & Rehabilitation, EKG Technician
Bonnie Gaudreau, Davis Place, LPN
Sandra McLaughlin, Kimberly Hall South, Associate’s Degree-Science
Pauline Dunchie-Legg, Greensprings Health & Rehabilitation, Associate’s Degree-Science
1199 Members earned diplomas, certificates, and degrees in the following this year:
High School Diploma
1199 Nursing Home Workers Tell Their Story in New Publication
On Thursday, May 12, 2016 close to 100 1199 members, staff, friends and family joined to congratulate 1199 members who recently had their stories published in “Caring: 1199 Nursing Home Workers Tell Their Story” by Hardball Press. Fifty-three stories were published in this new collection. Themes included work, family, immigration, the Union, and more. The book is available from the Training Fund office, at www.HardBallPress.com or at www.Amazon.com
CAPITAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES
STUDENTS FROM NEW EKG TECH COURSE
Last spring Capital Community College debuted a new course, EKG (Electrocardiogram) Technician. Run through the college’s School of Workforce and Continuing Education, the 63 hour course meets two evenings a week and prepares students to be employed in hospitals, laboratories or cardiologists’ offices.
This week, graduates of the Fall 2015 EKG Technician course were recognized. All twelve are health care workers who are members of District 1199, New England Healthcare Employees Union, and were sponsored by the 1199 Training and Upgrading Fund. Each year hundreds of unionized nursing home workers make use of the Fund to take adult ed programs, attend college or receive training at their workplace. The EKG course completion rate was 92%.
EKG Technicians specialize in electrocardiogram testing of patients. By attaching electrodes to the patient’s chest, arms and legs, EKG Technicians use EKG machines to monitor the heart’s performance. Data captured by EKG Technicians assists doctors in diagnosing heart conditions. Projected job growth in this field is expected to increase by 22% over the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative grant (HL-SCI) funded the new EKG program at Capital. It is one of three new programs that have been paid for and developed thanks to the grant. The HL-SCI grant team worked with Ruth Krems, Capital’s Coordinator of Nurse Aide Certification, and industry partners and experts to develop the program. The EKG program was evaluated for college credit by Charter Oak State College’s CCAP (Connecticut Credit Assessment Program), and has been awarded 3 college credits.
2015 Nursing Conference
“This conference opened my eyes to new ideas!”
Over 60 nurses from throughout Connecticut attended
the 3rd annual Nursing Conference on November 17, 2015 in
Cromwell, CT. The conference theme was “Nurses as Leaders”
and workshops included:
Caring for Residents with Mental Illness
Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers
Close to 200 1199 members attended the 13th Annual Training Fund Conference (formerly the CNA Conference) on Tuesday, October 13. Here are a few things that members had to say about the conference:
“I’m an 1199 member and there wasn’t anywhere I would have rather been today!”
“I attend every year and every year I learn something new!”
“I found it very inspiring.”
“This was my first year at the conference and I felt like I belong.”
“Every year this is a day I take just for myself.”
“It is exciting, educational, insightful, and enjoyable!”
Workshops this year included: