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When Mary Ann Wilson’s grandmother, Pearl Lyon, worked as a Nursing Assistant years ago, she told Mary Ann something that would forever change her views on nursing and helping people.


“When she (grandmother) was a nursing assistant, she always had the best attitude and always loved her job,” Mary Ann said. “One day I asked her why she was always so happy after working a full day and she told me, ‘It doesn’t matter how much money you make, it will never make you as happy as knowing you helped someone personally, you will always be rich in spirit and heart doing this kind of work.’ She told me if she would have had the money she would have become a RN (Registered Nurse) that inspired me to do it because I knew how important it was to her.”


School Heritage and History

MaryAnn Wilson is an RN and the Program Director and has over 40 years in the health care field. She officially opened Mary Ann’s CNA Training School of Nursing in December 2002. The CNA Training School is a Washington State Board approved Nursing Assistant program. However, she has been working with and training Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) for more than 30 years. She worked for Eagle Health Care at their Meadow Glade Nursing Home from 1989 to 2002 teaching all of their CNA staff and when they closed the nursing home in 2002, Wilson said she decided to open her own school.

Mary Ann’s 100 year old Grandma Pearl was her inspiration... News Article: The Reflector. Ridgefield, WA

“I started working at a nursing home in McMinnville, OR, at the age of 14 making beds and passing food trays,” Mary Ann said. “By the time I was 15 I was a Nursing Assistant, at age 15 1/2 they trained me to be a medication aide, then I went to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) school and my first job was on a Cardiac Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in open heart surgery.”

“My grandma was a Nursing Assistant for about 20 years. She made the job seem so rewarding that I just knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps.”

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