CUTLINE: Cassie Smith, front left, and her Health Occupations Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School students who recently passed the state Certified Nurse Assistant
Bennett asked for Sullivan's assistance to start a certified nurse assistant
program that could be approved by the state of Connecticut.
Caregiver Services, based in Miami, Florida, provides registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants
, home health aides, companions or homemakers to healthcare facilities and other entities that require such services.
As a pilot site selected to participate in Illinois' Shifting Gears (SG) initiative in 2007, Oakton Community College (OCC) partnered with Presbyterian Homes to develop a bridge course to prepare a cadre of their employed Certified Nurse Assistants
(CNAs) to enter college-credit level prerequisite courses to a Practical Nursing program.
Trade groups, however, point to NHAs as a means of easing the shortage of nurses and certified nurse assistants
(CNA), thereby freeing the better trained staff for residents at higher need, and improving the quality of care.
Thank you, Sandy, for the great job you do in training the certified nurse assistants
. What loving people they have all turned out to be!
Eighty percent of the staff are certified nurse assistants
; the other 20% are licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and in-office help.
A Career Ladder Grant program would provide scholarships or stipends for nurse professionals, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants
and home health aides who enroll in entry-level nursing programs, as well as programs for advanced practice nursing degrees, RN/ master's degrees, doctoral degrees, public health nursing, nurse educator training, nurse administrator training and training programs focused on specific technology use or disease management.