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Nursing a desire to help

Molly Shore

Female residents at Beverly Manor Health Care are faced with a

decision -- what color nail polish to choose for their manicures.

Once they decide, their nails are filed, cleaned and polished by


students enrolled in the adult Regional Occupational Program nursing

assistant class at the health-care facility.

It’s an extra service to help bolster the spirits of the women,

many of whom are confined to wheelchairs.


The students, who are enrolled in the program through the Burbank

Adult School, learn how to shower and dress the residents, as well as

make their beds and get them ready for meals.

“The facility becomes our community classroom ... allowing us to

come in and work with the residents,” said instructor Marla Keeth

Ghazarian, who is a licensed vocational nurse.

Patients have the option to decline the students’ help, but Evelyn

Molek, 70, is happy with the service.


“I like all of them. They are very friendly, very polite and very

nice,” she said.

Molek, who has arthritis and cannot walk, has been a resident at

Beverly Health Care for three years.

“I’d be alone if I was home because my daughter works,” she said.

“This is a very nice place to be. This is like family.”

Ghazarian’s students accumulate 80 hours of classroom study and

120 hours of floor time before receiving their certificates and


becoming eligible to qualify for state certification.

Chester Cervania, 18, enrolled in the course because he wants to

learn proper skills, and help the elderly become more independent, he


When he graduates, Cervania will continue his education at Los

Angeles Trade Technical College to become a licensed vocational

nurse, while working as a nursing assistant.

“Everybody who is available to work gets jobs,” Keith said of the


Nursing assistants are employed in nursing hospitals, registries,

private duty and acute care hospitals, she said.

The next class begins Feb. 3, and there is still time to enroll.

For information on this program, call Ghazarian at 843-2330.