Certified nursing assistants are valuable members of the health care team and provide basic care for residents in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities as well as adult foster care. Home Health Aides provide basic nursing care to patients in their own homes. Employment in these health care areas is growing fast because of the growing elderly population. This program provides students with the opportunity to take the state CNA examination for certification.
The first two trimesters of this program focus on providing nursing and nursing-related services to residents in long term care facilities, adult foster care and assisted living facilities. The third trimester focuses on home health care curriculum. Ethics and responsibilities of the health care provider are covered during the course. Students will have the opportunity to become certified in first aid and CPR. Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in HOSA conferences and competitions. HOSA is the Health Occupations Students of America – a student organization for future healthcare professionals.
Students must have the ability to perform the duties of a nursing assistant which includes standing for long periods of time and the ability to lift at least 30 pounds. In addition, students must have transportation available to attend clinical rotations and an excellent attendance record. Students must pass a criminal background check and are required to complete required TB testing and seasonal flu vaccines prior to clinical experiences.
Debbie Blaker is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in long term care. She has worn many hats over the course of her nursing career starting as a nursing assistant and later, after graduating from Jackson College, working as a team leader, wound care coordinator, rehab nurse, risk manager and staff development coordinator. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through Siena Heights University.