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Train To Be A Nurse Aide


If you, or someone you know, would like to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Southeast Colorado Hospital District will be offering a Nurse Aide Class. Applicants need to be 16 or older, and must pass a background check and a drug screen. The class is free if you work for SECHD or for Walsh Healthcare.

A certified nursing assistant is on the front lines of patient/resident care. The nursing assistant position is certainly one of the most vital to daily operations for the nursing care facility, your compassion and skill in patient/resident care will help minimize the stress of those who are sick or unable to care for themselves.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also known as nurses' aides, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.

Working closely with patients, CNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming, feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient/resident vital signs. CNAs give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient/resident conditions to nurses.

A certified nursing assistant job is a great entry point for a nursing/medical career. You'll be deeply involved in patient/resident care, making sure that sick and injured people have their basic needs met. And you can be ready to start working as a certified nursing assistant in a very short period of time. Job prospects for CNAs are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population; jobs in this field are expected to grow faster than the average for all careers at this time; and in our facility, a new NA will earn $ 11.10/hour to start and after 90 days and certification 11.50/hour.

If you are ready to take the first steps toward a certified nursing assistant and a career in health care, please call Sherrilyn Turner, Human Resources, at 719-523-4501, ext 160; Heather Burdick, DON LTCC ext #116; or Glenice Wade, ADON, ext #141.