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.