Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake celebrated the graduation of five students from its latest Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program.
The training to become a CNA is rigorous and is designed to prepare students for a career in long term care. Students receive 156 hours of clinical and laboratory experience and 66 hours of bedside clinical training over a six-week period. Only then are they eligible to sit for the New York State Certified Nursing exam. The Adirondack Health Foundation provided support for the cost of training, which is $2,500 per student.
“The CNAs are an integral part of the care team at a skilled nursing facility like Mercy or Uihlein Living Center,” said Elena Vega-Castro, Mercy Living Center administrator. “This training provides individuals with the skills needed to do the job properly if they have the desire to withstand the demands of a very fulfilling career in healthcare.”
CNAs provide daily nursing care and services based on resident’s medical assessment and care plan, or as directed by a nurse. CNAs also assist residents with the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, mobility or feeding.
The training program for CNAs is offered through the Mercy and Uihlein Living Centers of Adirondack Health in partnership with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Saranac Lake. Certified by the state Department of Health, the training program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career in long-term care.
Those interested in becoming a CNA can fill out on application by clicking on the “Careers” link at www.AdirondackHealth.org. Interested applicants can also contact Erin Baker at (518) 897-2214.