Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is made up of over 2,000 employees who work together to create a safe and effective hospital environment that is committed to providing excellent healthcare to our community. This week, June 14-20, is National Nursing Assistants Week, so we’re featuring one of our many talented and dedicated nursing assistants in our latest “Faces of the Fort” edition. Meet Corin Hicks, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in our orthopedics unit, and learn about the job of a CNA.
Hicks, born in New York but raised in Knoxville, has worked at Fort Sanders Regional since October 2016, and she’s currently working in our orthopedics unit. She knew she wanted to go into healthcare after she had her son at Fort Sanders Regional and received excellent care.
“I wanted to be able to make someone feel as special and taken care of as I was when I had my son here,” Hicks said. “Helping people is something I have always enjoyed.”
As a CNA, Hicks performs many important tasks for her patients including measuring temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights and more; assisting patients with getting in and out of bed and into wheelchairs; attending to patients’ nutritional needs; answering patient call lights and much more, all while working closely with the patient’s RN.
“I enjoy taking care of patients and helping them through this tough time,” Hicks said. “I also enjoy the staff I work with because it feels like a family.”
Our CNAs have a Tennessee State CNA certification and are knowledgeable in many aspects of patient care.
Hicks is scheduled to take the next step in her career later this month when she takes her National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a standardized test that every state regulatory board uses to determine if a candidate is ready to become licensed as an entry-level nurse.
Until she takes and passes her exam, she enjoys working with the orthopedics team at Fort Sanders Regional, and in her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, traveling and eating lots of delicious food, like pizza and tacos.
Thanks for all that you do for our hospital and our patients, Corin. Good luck on your exam!
Fort Sanders Regional is passionate about continuing education, so we created the Growing Excellence through Me (G.E.M.) program to help provide additional education and skill to staff who provide direct patient care.
The G.E.M. program helps employees practice learned skills and grow as a team. G.E.M. participants receive training from departments touching all parts of the hospital and discuss topics such as customer service training, personal growth and development, patient satisfaction, hands-on skill validation, nutritional maintenance, patient safety, infection prevention and regulatory compliance. Learn more about the G.E.M. program at www.fsregional.com/g-e-m-program-implemented.