Prairie State College Graduate Angela Camilleri Evacuates Patient from Nursing Home Fire

Angela Camilleri
Angela Camilleri (Photo Supplied)

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—September 22, 2017. Prairie State College graduate Angela Camilleri was just doing what she was taught in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Prairie State College when she made a habit of keeping a sheet, blanket and pillow by the door of patients’ rooms in a nursing home in case of fire.

“My professor, JoeAnn Lonzo-Jackson, recommended that we do this when working in nursing home facilities, because it would help get the patient out safely and quickly, if there was ever an emergency.”

Little did she know that the tip she picked up at PSC would become a priority for the facility at which she was working one night.

A 2017 graduate of the program, Angela works for Visiting Angels, seeing patients in residential households as well as nursing homes. One night in August, a fire started in the kitchen in the nursing home, and all patients had to be evacuated. When the alarm sounded, Angela quickly got her patient into a wheelchair and grabbed the blanket, pillow, and sheet she had set by the door on the way out, covered her patient, and evacuated her safely.

“After all the patients were evacuated safely, the director of the nursing home asked me where I’d learned to prepare like that,” Angela recalled during a recent visit to a current CNA class. “I told her PSC! She said they are now making the procedure a requirement for the facility.”

Angela says she now hopes to return to PSC in the spring in the nursing program.

Way to go, Angela! Thanks for making a difference and sharing what you learned at PSC with the community!

Learn more about the CNA program at PSC here: PSC Certified Nursing Assistant Program