The certified nursing assistants or the CNA’s are the ones who help the clients with their healthcare needs with the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse. CNA students need to be knowledgeable of their required skills and abilities in becoming a CNA. They need to be the eyes and ears of the RN’s and LPN’s as well as the ones who will be relaying information between several patients and one or two registered nurses. They provide care by helping with the feeding of the residents, assisting in transferring the clients from bed to chair, bathing, and dressing. Employees can work in various settings and one of which is the nursing home.
A nursing home is an environment providing residential care. It is regarded as the place of residence for individuals requiring continued nursing care and having significant coping difficulties with the activities of daily living.
There are nursing homes that offer programs for the CNA students with tuition fee that is free of charge. Four of the local nursing homes have come to the decision in paying for a solution to their shared problem regarding the shortage of certified nurse aide and covering the cost of the training that will be provided by the South Louisiana Community College instructor.
The investment is going to be for the training that will be offering free tuition for the students. Part of the training is that the students are going to spend approximately three weeks in the classroom and will be moving on for their clinical training that will be held in various participating nursing homes including the Camelot of Broussard, Amelia Manor, Maison de Lafayette, and Magnolia Estates. The clinical training of the students is under the supervision of the registered nurses and licensed practical nurses on staff and this will be helping the nursing homes in retaining the students as employees.
The students will have the opportunity for the clinical experience in different facility that will give them the encouragement and get invited to work for the specific facility. This is indeed a difficult job however the former state senator stated that the local consortium of the nursing homes are informally meeting as necessary in discussing the local issues. It is a major issue because of the need for additional CNA’s due to shortage.
The training is offered as non-credit course through the continuing education program of the college because of its easiness in setting up the program for the training needs of the nursing homes. There is still accreditation and similar coursework wherein the students will be awarded with academic credit through a process if they have been trained through the consortium and then came up with the decision of having the desire to enroll in practical nursing or any other program. Twenty-three students can be accommodated for enrollment of the program. Included in the cost of the program of the students are uniforms and a TB test. The students need to pass a background check and should be at least sixteen years old in order to register.