STEP Experience: STNA Training at Premier Choice Health Services

From August 11, 2015 to August 25th I trained at Premier Choice Health Services for their Nursing Assistant (CNA/STNA) Training Program. This program offers a 75-hour prerequisite course that meets the education and testing requirements for nursing assistants as required by the Ohio Department of Health to work in long-term care facilities. Upon successful completion of the training program, I obtained my State of Ohio Nurse Aide Certificate (CNA) and I now qualify to take the State Nurse Aide (STNA) examination. 

This experience was more than just a two week experience for me. It was a stepping stone for my future endeavors that I am working towards. I plan to graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State and then pursue my Master’s of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Leader. I love working with people and wasn’t sure if Nursing was for me until I started working as a STNA. Without this opportunity given to me through STEP I would have never had the chance to get that experience in the health field which ultimately led to personal validation of my life plans and I am so thankful for that!

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Raynisha French Raynisha French STEP Presentation (1)


Alexandria Zacharias STEP Reflection


For my experience, I worked completed research as I worked with a Faculty member at The Ohio State University. While working with a Faculty member, at The Ohio State University, I was able to research different theories of child misbehavior. Over the years, many things have changed resulting in affecting a child’s behavior. For the purposes of the research paper completed, misbehavior was defined as bad behavior, such as disobeying parents, lacking respect, using foul language, and breaking rules. I spent time researching different influences on a child’s behavior over the summer and working with a faculty member to discuss my findings. I wrote a research paper on my findings on child misbehavior.

So What?

Throughout my research, I learned that there has been an increase in child misbehavior. This increase comes from a range of influences on the micro and macro level. While researching, I discovered that children who display a more aggressive behavior are more likely to have a future as an adult delinquency. Overall, the lack of parental guidance seems to be a huge influence on a child’s misbehavior, which leads to a child becoming an adult delinquent. In addition, I gained a lot of new knowledge from this summer research. I enjoyed working with a faculty member and having the opportunity to discover answers to any questions I may have had. My favorite part probably was researching a topic that related to my major and finding more reasons to love my major. This topic could also benefit me in the future either with my career or transition into a mother some day.

Now What?

This experience had a positive outlook on me personally. In the beginning, I was not too thrilled about research, but as I took on this topic I became more interested. The faculty member that I worked with encouraged me to explore more and think of ways this cold relate to my career. I furthered my knowledge with my career path and learned new information that can benefit me as a parent. I really enjoyed this research experience and I did not think I would like to take part in research originally. Additionally, with this experience I discovered more ways to develop within my major. I plan on attending graduate school and obtaining my Master’s degree. This experience amplified my excitement for working with children after learning more about the way they develop. Thus, I plan to specialize in pediatrics after obtaining my masters in nursing. Also, the opportunity to work with a faculty member really benefitted me as I gained new knowledge and helpful information for my major, graduate school process, and career goals.

STEP Reflection – Undergraduate Research Assistant

My Experience as an Undergraduate Research Assistant



My primary responsibility during my STEP experiments was aiding in the completion of ongoing experiments in the lab. I specialized in immunoblotting. Immunoblotting provides information about protein expression by separating the proteins via gel electrophoresis. Immunoblotting is a tedious process that can take hours or even multiple days. There are a lot of tricks used to help optimize the outcome of a blot that may not be explicitly stated in the procedure, whether they are learned through people who have done it before or through your own observations. There are many nuances to the immunoblotting process, including but not limited to, primary antibody concentration, number of washes, wash duration, secondary antibody concentration, and film exposure time. Each of these numerous parameters can affect the outcome of an immunoblot. Whenever I developed a blot with clean results and low background as well results that resembled expectations it was very rewarding. The results from a single immunoblot could affect the direction or emphasis of an experiment. In addition to performing immunoblots it was my responsibility to check to make sure that we have enough supplies and to order antibodies if we needed them.


So What?

Working in a lab made me assume more responsibility than I was used to having. The work I did and the experiments I completed were part of a much bigger picture, with multiple people counting on me to come through. Working in a lab made me assume more responsibility, and in turn made me a more responsible person.

Working in an unfamiliar place with people I didn’t know forced me to be more extroverted in order to make acquaintances. Throughout the summer, I talked with other researchers about their experiments and other things that interested them. I always found it surprising what I had in common with the people who worked in the lab, and even more surprising the things we didn’t have in common. I believe this experience made me more comfortable engaging with coworkers and meeting new people in general.

I was personally very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a project whose goal was to identify viable options for cancer treatment. Being a part of something with such an important purpose was truly a spectacular experience. It made me think of how lucky I was to have had the academic opportunities that ultimately allowed me to work on such an important project.


Now What?

Working in a lab helped me understand how the topics covered in class could be applicable in a research setting. It is now my goal to approach what I learn in class with the mindset that I may be using the material in a real world setting. Seeing the application of academic topics in a real world setting also reinforced my decision to go to graduate school after undergrad.

One thing I’ve struggled with is being punctual. When working in a lab, you have multiple people counting on you to come in on time and ready to work. If you’re late, it is detrimental to the experiment. I made it a personal goal to work on being on time. I owe it to myself, as well as those around me, to be on time and ready to work.

Working in an unfamiliar place with people I didn’t know forced me to be more extroverted. One thing that I am not particularly good at is going out of my way to make new friends. Once I got to know the people in the lab the experience was much more enjoyable. It also created an atmosphere where people were eager to help each other. This helped us complete our experiments in a more efficient manner. I made it a personal goal to try to engage more and not be afraid to meet new people.

Data Analysis and the Wonders of Academia

STEP Reflection                                                               Name: Alisha Keeton

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STEP Experience: Undergraduate Research


What? – During my STEP experience, I worked closely with two different colleges (The College of Education and Human Ecology and The College of Engineering).  The research involved engineering students going to a nearby middle school involved in the KIPP program and implementing activities that encourage the middle school students in the program to pursue engineering, when they reach the collegiate level.  My part in this research was to analyze the data (videos, in this case) captured from these sessions, in order to not only obtain future lesson plans, but also to determine what kind of an impact the activities were having on the students involved.  I also wanted to put a side note here, in regards to the videos and posting them on the dashboard – I am unfortunately unable to do so because of the privacy rights of the students involved.










So What? – My STEP experience was phenomenal and my research advisor helped me to learn many things about myself and where this type of work could take me.  I have learned not only how to just analyze data, but I have also gotten a behind the scenes look at what it is like to work as a professor at the collegiate level.  My work in this STEP experience has helped me grow professionally and has also helped in a project that is encouraging underprivileged students to make something of themselves and achieve their dreams.  Many of the middle school students in the program were blown away by the activities and by realizing that one day those activities that they enjoyed doing so much could actually be their job.













Now What? – My STEP experience has, and will continue to, affect my academic and personal life.  As much as I love being an education major, my experience really opened my eyes to the opportunities in the business world.  Now, although I have still not decided, STEP really gave me the opportunity to even question my major and I have actually taken all business courses this semester.  Luckily, I still have general education courses I need to take and will be filling those with education classes next semester, as it is my last semester before I absolutely need to make a decision on my major.  STEP has given me the opportunity to see what else is out there and really think hard about not only academic, but also personal decisions.




















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