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Bethany Bickford (left) and instructor Lois Grumbo work together to move student-patient Anissa Collins during a training demonstration on the proper way to move a patient before rolling them over for a back rub.

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Students prepare for careers in nursing

Scurrying through the hallways of the Gracie Lee Haught Education Center, dark blue smock clad students from Debbie Eldredge’s Gila Community College (GCC) nursing assistant class prepare for their weekly clinical training. “This room is completely set up for test tubes,” says one student. A group sits in a corner analyzing their notes and preparing for their hands-on clinical class, part of one of GCC’s most important, best attended vocational programs. Two girls rush out of the supply room carrying linens, bowls and dishes. “This room will be for peri-care, this for feeding, and this for bed baths and conditioning,” said Eldredge focusing the energy of her students.

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