Green Forest board hires CNA to help nursing staff

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

By Samantha Jones

The Green Forest School Board is giving its nursing staff a helping hand.

On Monday, Dec. 14, the board agreed to hire Bianca Aguilar as a CNA starting on Jan. 4. Superintendent Matt Summers said Aguilar’s position will be funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, saying Aguilar will help the school nurses who are busy tracking those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Summers said Aguilar will be in charge of therapies, normal distribution of medication, hearing tests, vision tests and other regular nursing duties.

“Our nurses have been, quite frankly, just overlooked. They’ve been so busy dealing with COVID-19,” Summers said. “Bianca was a 2009 graduate from Green Forest High School and she’s a registered nurse, so she’s more than qualified for a CNA role. We’re really pleased about that.”

Summers said 2020 has been “the wildest year on record for sure.”

“But we’re managing and we’re doing the very best we can,” Summers said. “We’ve made it to Christmas break. We had a lot of naysayers saying we wouldn’t get to this point, but we’ve done that.”

Summers acknowledged that the school has had “a lot of COVID-19 cases.”

“We’re red. Our community and the whole county has a lot, but to this date, I’m unaware of any staff member or students that’s contracted the virus and been hospitalized,” Summers said. “We’re very blessed about that. It’s a tough deal. We’re doing the best we can in every situation and trying to keep our faculty, staff and students as safe as possible.”

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the high school media center.

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