|(Community Relations) -
Boundary Community Hospital provides classes to earn certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) four times a year. These classes are a great way to be eligible for steady work. A new class will begin Tuesday, June 11 and continue through August 1, 2013.
CNA training can begin as early as age 16 with no maximum age limit. A high school or college diploma is not a prerequisite for either the training or the certification. Graduates are work-ready.
Class meets at the Fry Healthcare Education Center, across from the hospital, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.
“A tremendous savings in gasoline and lunch expenses is realized because the hospital is willing to teach the classes in Bonners Ferry,” says Boundary Community Hospital’s Community Relations Coordinator, Marcia Morman. “This is a commitment to bettering the community that the hospital has offered for years. Many, many local people have taken the classes over the years. “
Tracey Maas, RN has been a CNA instructor since the 1990s.”Tracey Maas is a compassionate and knowledgeable instructor working with the students to succeed in learning the subject material,” Morman enthused.
There are many advantages for both men and women as Certified Nursing Assistants. Instructor Tracey Maas explains, “They are the back-bone of the healthcare system.”
A CNA has a wide-range of employment options. Employers hire CNAs to work in hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, outpatient medical and surgical offices, hospices, respite care, group homes, and in schools.
There are choices of working with children, with the elderly and with any age in-between. For instance, many elderly people want to stay in their own home, but need some assistance with daily living. Often a CNA is qualified to offer that needed care. Many times indirect care like housekeeping and running errands are part of the CNA’s job. On the other end of the age spectrum, children with long-term problems and needs can receive good care in the comfort of their homes with assistance from a CNA.