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Our Mission

Sparrow Healthcare Education’s mission is to empower students while leading and inspiring them through education to care for the population in need of care in our community.

The Team

Instructor

Darci Trunkey, RN

Darci has been a licensed nurse since 2008 with experience in acute care and home health. She has cared for chronically ill and elderly patients in a management role with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. Darci also has experience as an instructor for NAC students in a classroom setting and for clinical instruction.

Instructor

Cassie Barret, BAN, RN-BC

Cassie has management experience and previously served as the Director of Nursing for Mountain View Health Care Community as well as other leadership roles. Cassie also has ample experience as a charge nurse for an acute care surgical unit. She has past experience in long-term care and as an adjunct faculty member for Spokane Community College. Cassie has been a licensed nurse since 2000.

Instructor

Karen Robinson, RN, BSN

Karen has been a licensed nurse since 2003. She has nursing experience at a managerial and director level for acute care, case management, hospice, and assisted living. Karen has previously served as the Director of Nursing of Beehive Homes of North Idaho among other leadership roles.

Front Office Manager

Kelsey Collins

Kelsey has several years of experience working in a professional office environment. She is proficient in providing superior customer service and effective communication. Kelsey is a graduate of Whitworth University and is currently attending Washington State University to obtain her post-baccalaureate degree.

Owner, Director

Christi Nance, RN, BSN, MSN

Christi has been a licensed nurse over 10 years with extensive management experience in the emergency department and in acute care. She has worked as a Chief Nursing Officer and as a Nursing instructor at Northwest University and Spokane Community College. Her instructional focus has been with the chronically ill and elderly patients. Christi also has been a Flight Nurse for the United State Air Force Reserve.

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OUR FACILITIES

Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC features an up-to-date facility with reception area and two classrooms. The facility has a large clinical lab area with all the needed supplies and equipment. Students will have access to a break room that has a microwave, refrigerator, sink, tables and chairs. A student lounge is provided for additional studies. Both male and female lavatories are available. There is free parking available in a well-lit parking lot. The facility is located on a main public transit route. This is an ADA accessible facility with handicapped lavatories. Reasonable accommodation will be provided at the request of the student.

Classrooms are equipped with tables, chairs, AV equipment, white boards.

Clinical Lab is equipped with all supplies needed to practice skills and care.

The maximum class size is 20 students with a ratio not to exceed 10:1 for clinical or lab.

ENTRANCE/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC does not discriminate against students or potential students on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC acknowledges that information pertaining an applicant’s disability is voluntary and confidential, and will be made on an individual basis. If this information is presented, Sparrow Healthcare Education, LLC will reasonably attempt to provide an accommodation to overcome the effects of the limitation of the qualified applicant. All inquiries about the accommodations should be made to the Director upon registration of the program. To be qualified, an individual with a disability must meet the basic skill, education, training, and other eligibility of the program, and must be able to perform the essential functions of the program, either with or without reasonable accommodation; the employment and academic standards are the same for all individuals enrolled.

Students must have adequate English language proficiency as evidenced by: (WAC 490-105-140)

  • A high school diploma from a high school where English is the primary language; or
  • A high school equivalency or General Education Development (GED) certificate; or
  • A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language; or the International English Language Testing System or a similar proficiency exam; or
  • A satisfactory evaluation of the applicant’s foreign course work that has been produced by a reputable organization specializing in such evaluation; or
  • A passing score on the Ability to Benefit test (ATB) that has been published by the American College Testing Service (ACT) or reviewed and approved by the American Council on Education (ACE)

Students must pass a background check prior to the clinical experience. A criminal record does not immediately disqualify you from Nursing Assistant training but may interfere and limit the clinical placement and future job opportunities.

Students must have a negative 2-Step TB skin test within the last 24 months or provide a negative chest x-ray

Students must be able to physically perform the duties of a nursing assistant that include but not limited to: sitting, standing, lifting, moving, and transferring patients