Bayview is training 12th graders at Sollers Point Technical High School
to be licensed patient care techs.
Scott Olden with Ashless Yancey, left,
and Tiffany Thomas, nurses of the future.
The Sollers Point Initiative bridges two programs now in place at
Bayview. Already, 10th and 11th graders come to Bayview from the nearby
Dundalk school to train to be certified nursing assistants. The new
program moves these would-be nurses one rung up the career ladder.
Tiffany Thomas and Ashless Yancey are the inaugural students in this,
the first such program of its kind in Maryland. Under the supervision
of R.N. mentors, they began honing their clinical skills on the units
in July. After they become certified patient care techs and graduate
from high school, they will join the Bayview workforce—and its
tuition-support program for nursing, which will allow them to put in
24 hours a week at Bayview, even as they receive full-time salary and
benefits and attend an accredited two-year nursing school. In return,
they’ll sign a legally binding agreement that obligates them to
work at Bayview as R.N.’s for two to three years.