Teen of the Week: Shears dreams of helping others

Wood County Technical Center Therapeutic Services student Hannah Shears will become a certified nursing assistant this month and plans to continue to pursue her education and a career in nursing. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Technical Center nursing student Hannah Shears wants to make a career of helping others.

The Parkersburg South High School senior is enrolled in the Therapeutic Services program at the tech center with plans to continue in the medical field.

“I want to be a nurse,” she said. “I’d like to experience all the different medical field settings, but I really want to work with children and in oncology.”

Shears, 17, is completing her second year in the Therapeutic Services program and will become a certified nursing assistant this month.

“They help people with their daily activities,” she said. “The CNAs spend the most time with patients.”

Shears says she is enrolled in early college courses at West Virginia University at Parkersburg and hopes to pursue medical programs at Washington State Community College.

“I just want to get my degree and get into it as soon as possible,” she said. “I volunteer at Camden Clark Medical Center weekly. I love the interaction with patients and knowing I’ve impacted them in some way.”

In addition to her work in the medical program, Shears is a member of National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.

Shear said one of her major influences has been Therapeutic Services instructor Natalie Barnette.

“She provides us with real-work experience and teaches us things no textbook ever could,” Shears said.

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