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have gained to per­form the tasks given to them.

He said stu­dents ar­rive at the sce­nario with an un­con­scious “pa­tient” (a test doll). The stu­dents had to check the pa­tient’s breath­ing, per­form CPR, se­cure the scene, check to see whether the per­son is re­spon­sive and ex­pose the chest to per­form chest com­pres­sions.

North Point High School stu­dent El­iz­a­beth Varela, 17, won first place in nurse as­sist­ing at the Skill­sUSA re­gional com­pe­ti­tion. She said the com­pe­ti­tion was “nerve-rack­ing” at first and was re­lieved when she fin­ished all three sce­nar­ios.

“Af­ter I got through [the test], it was pretty awe­some,” Varela said. “For me, I’m be­com­ing a CNA at the be­gin­ning of next month so this is a help­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to get over the ac­tual test. It was cool be­ing in our own room ... We had to bend the pa­tient’s [a real-life vol­un­teer] leg back and forth (to treat joint prob­lems), ask pa­tients for their in­for­ma­tion and not for­get any­thing.”

“I was very ner­vous dur­ing the con­test but it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for when I be­gin work­ing as a pe­di­a­tri­cian at a hospi­tal. I plan to work with chil­dren in my ca­reer field,” said Ash­ley Bung­cayao, 16, a first aid/CPR com­peti­tor from North Point High School.

Com­peti­tors who won a gold, sil­ver or bronze medal at the com­pe­ti­tion will go on to rep­re­sent Re­gion 4 and their school at the Mary­land Skill­sUSA Com­pe­ti­tion in April. Davis said the ul­ti­mate goal is to place top in the na­tion at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be held this June in Louisville, Ky.

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