A Work of Heart

*Permission to republish by StateFarm.com. (Originanly published on http://goodneighbors.com/post/126421892122/heart)

A Work of Heart We all know that nursing isn’t easy. But, seeing patients recover and thrive makes it all worth it. Most people may not remember or connect with their doctors or other staff like they do a nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant. Because let’s face it, they are the heart of healthcare. The empathy and care they provide to patients helps encourage strength and recovery. It takes special people to see people at their worst, most difficult time and support them on their course to getting healthy and enjoying a great quality of life. [[MORE]] The job opportunities also provide a great quality of life for those who purse these careers. Christopher Strickland, a 52 year-old father, who was laid off as a cook at a local pub, realized this job path could create stability and help him earn a better income. He was experiencing difficulty finding steady employment and wanted to work in a field where there’s a need. It was happenstance that he came across an ad in the newspaper about the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program and the chance to receive a scholarship to complete the training. He decided to apply and was awarded a State Farm® scholarship to achieve his goals. Christopher quickly realized through his training that nursing was the right fit for this next step in his career journey. His charisma and sense of humor went over famously with the residents at a nursing home where students perform their clinicals. Residents developed meaningful relationships with Christopher, and it helped them feel comfortable being in their most vulnerable state. As Christopher shared excitement for his new opportunity, his son, Ali, took notice that nursing is a field that will always have a need for qualified individuals. Ali, a 23 year-old young man didn’t have a job at the time and wanted to find something that would provide a decent salary. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, applied and was awarded a State Farm scholarship to complete his training. NAT Coordinator Tanya Christensen shared, “Nursing has always been a field dominated by women, but more patients are wanting to have a choice as to whether a man or woman takes care of them. In addition, people who are further along in their careers are realizing nursing could be a great next career step since the healthcare sector continues to add jobs and that the unemployment rate is low. With all these reasons, why wouldn’t someone pursue this rewarding career path.” Lucikly, there’s still time to apply for scholarships and participate in training sessions provided by the Red Cross. Day and evening classes are taking place in Green Bay, La Crosse and Waupaca. Check out the Red Cross NAT website for more details!

We all know that nursing isn’t easy. But, seeing patients recover and thrive makes it all worth it. Most people may not remember or connect with their doctors or other staff like they do a nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant. Because let’s face it, they are the heart of healthcare. The empathy and care they provide to patients helps encourage strength and recovery. It takes special people to see people at their worst, most difficult time and support them on their course to getting healthy and enjoying a great quality of life.

The job opportunities also provide a great quality of life for those who purse these careers. Christopher Strickland, a 52 year-old father, who was laid off as a cook at a local pub, realized this job path could create stability and help him earn a better income. He was experiencing difficulty finding steady employment and wanted to work in a field where there’s a need. It was happenstance that he came across an ad in the newspaper about the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program and the chance to receive a scholarship to complete the training. He decided to apply and was awarded a State Farm® scholarship to achieve his goals.

Christopher quickly realized through his training that nursing was the right fit for this next step in his career journey. His charisma and sense of humor went over famously with the residents at a nursing home where students perform their clinicals. Residents developed meaningful relationships with Christopher, and it helped them feel comfortable being in their most vulnerable state.

father and son

As Christopher shared excitement for his new opportunity, his son, Ali, took notice that nursing is a field that will always have a need for qualified individuals. Ali, a 23 year-old young man didn’t have a job at the time and wanted to find something that would provide a decent salary. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, applied and was awarded a State Farm scholarship to complete his training.

ali just graduated

NAT Coordinator Tanya Christensen shared, “Nursing has always been a field dominated by women, but more patients are wanting to have a choice as to whether a man or woman takes care of them. In addition, people who are further along in their careers are realizing nursing could be a great next career step since the healthcare sector continues to add jobs and that the unemployment rate is low. With all these reasons, why wouldn’t someone pursue this rewarding career path.”

Lucikly, there’s still time to apply for scholarships and participate in training sessions provided by the Red Cross. Day and evening classes are taking place in Green Bay, La Crosse and Waupaca. Check out the Red Cross NAT website for more details!

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Red Cross Wants to Recognize Nurses During National Nurses Week

Nursing Week

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12 and the American Red Cross is joining the celebration, recognizing the important contributions of its nurses.

This year’s theme for National Nurses Week is “Nurses: Leading the Way” to recognize nurses as leaders at the bedside, in the boardroom, throughout communities and in the halls of government. For more than 130 years, nurses have been an important part of the mission of the Red Cross, providing assistance during times of disaster and conflict.

Today, nurses provide a health perspective for the Red Cross, serving across all lines of service. Across the country, nurses serve in management and supervisory roles at Red Cross chapter and blood service regions, many in executive positions. Nurses hold leadership roles as Regional, State and Division Nurse Leaders and as members of the Red Cross national Board of Governors as well as board members on the local level.

Throughout the past week, professionally licensed nurses who double as trained Red Cross responders  have been deployed to southern states ravaged by tornadoes and floods. Plus, they serve locally at residential fires to community events.

Red Cross nurses make a difference. Would you like to be part of their proud tradition of dedicated service? Join the more than 15,000 Red Cross nurses who respond to disasters, teach health and safety classes, help members of the military and their families and assist at Red Cross blood drives. You too can be a Red Cross Nurse. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training is available at six locations. The course provides skills to start a new career in the health care industry. Students learn in a hands-on environment under the eyes of caring and professional nurses, bolstered by a nationally developed Red Cross curriculum that is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Scholarships and enrollment details are available at www.redcross.org/winat.

American Red Cross Announces Nurse Assistant Training

The local American Red Cross is expanding its health and safety training to include a Nurse Assistant Training program to residents throughout the greater Fox Valley. The state-approved program prepares students to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the state of Wisconsin. Classes will be offered every other month at the Oshkosh location beginning in March.

 When: March 12-29, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: American Red Cross (Tower West Building), 515 South Washburn St., Oshkosh

Clinicals:  April 2-5 or April 9-12, Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bethel Homes, Oshkosh

State Exam:  May 3, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Class Size:  Class sizes are limited to 12-16 students per session. Early registration is highly recommended as it’s on a first-registered basis.

The comprehensive 120-hour course curriculum includes a classroom, lab and practical learning experience that offers future healthcare professionals the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality care for elderly or sick individuals in nursing homes, hospitals and at home.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the number of jobs for Certified Nurse Assistants inWisconsinis projected to grow by 38 percent during the 2008-2018 time period, with an average of 1,000 job openings each year.

“We are seeing significant growth in the Wisconsin healthcare industry due to an aging baby-boomer population, which increases the need for certified nurse assistants, home health aides and registered nurses,” said Paulene Kipke, Certified Nursing Assistant Training Manager forEastern Wisconsin. “We’re excited to offer this training opportunity for those interested in starting a healthcare career. With the growing healthcare job market, these skills will always be in demand.”

Course topics include helping people stay independent; taking temperature, pulse and respiration; understanding and helping patients in pain; understanding human development; being sensitive to patients; improving communication skills; understanding medical terms and launching a career as a nurse assistant.

The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program is also available inGreen BayandWaupaca,WI.

Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, February 20 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the program.Toursof the classroom and lab space will also be available. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for a class, call (920) 231-3590 or toll free at (888) 231-3590.  

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Announces Spring Nurse Assistant Training Schedule

Addition of Evening Class Starting April 25

  

The purpose of the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is to provide the information and skills that will enable nurse assistants to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, as well as supplemental information and skills that will enable them to provide quality health care for clients at home and patients in hospitals. The program is designed with input from educators, caregivers, and long-term industry representatives from across the United States.  The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and provides students with job skills needed to become a qualified CNA.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is accepting applications for upcoming nurse assistant training classes.

COURSE DATES/TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

*Clsrm: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, (make up day- Fri, May 13)

1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, May 16, 17, 18, 19; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 20

2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, May 23, 24, 25, 26; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 27

*Clsrm: 5:00pm-9:30pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 25, 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17; 5:00pm-10:00pm, May 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, (make up day-Fri, May 26

1st Group Clinical:  5:00pm-10:00pm, Tue-5/31, Wed-6/1, Thu-6/2; 7:00am-3:30pm, Sat-6/4; 5:00pm-10:00pm, Mon-6/6; 5:00pm-9:00pm, Tue-6/7

2nd Group Clinical: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Wed-6/8, Thu-6/9; 7:00am-3:30pm, Sat-6/11; 5:00pm-10:00pm, Mon-6/13, Tue- 6/14; 5:00pm-9:00 pm, Wed-6/15.

*Clsrm: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, May 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, Jun 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 (make up day-Thu, Jun 9)

1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Jun 13, 14, 16, 17

2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Jun 20, 21, 23, 24

*Clsrm: 8:00am-3:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Jun 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29; 8-11:30am, 30 (make up-Fri, Jul 1)

1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Jul 11, 12, 13, 14

2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Jul 18, 19, 20, 21

The Nurse Assistant Training course is scheduled for a total of 120 hours which includes 88 hours of classroom and 32 hours of clinical. Students are required to attend the minimum 120 hours as required by the state.  The course fee is $750 which includes the books.  Minimum class size is 5 students.  Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.  Early registration is encouraged. 

Classroom work is completed at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Service Delivery Facility at 121 Bader St., Green Bay. Clinicals are completed at Parkview Manor Health & Rehab, 2961 St. Anthony Dr., Green Bay. For copies of the training program registration packet, please call the Health and Safety Services Department at 920-227-4290 or 1-800-733-9909 or pick up a registration packet from the department at 2131 Deckner Ave  (lower level) Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

 

 

American Red Cross Announces Spring Nurse Assistant Training Schedule

The purpose of the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is to provide the information and skills that will enable nurse assistants to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, as well as supplemental information and skills that will enable them to provide quality health care for clients at home and patients in hospitals. The program is designed with input from educators, caregivers, and long-term industry representatives from across the United States.  The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and provides students with job skills needed to become a qualified CNA.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is accepting applications for upcoming nurse assistant training classes.

COURSE DATES/TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 *Classroom: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Mar 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 4, 5, 6, 7, (make up day-Fri, Apr 8 )

1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 11, 12, 13, 14; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, Apr 15

 

2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 18, 19, 20, 21; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, Apr 22

*Classroom: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, (make up day- Fri, May 13)

 1st Group Clinical: 7am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, May 16, 17, 18, 19; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 20

 2nd Group Clinical: 7am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Mar 22, 23, 24, 25; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 27

 The Nurse Assistant Training course is scheduled for a total of 120 hours which includes 88 hours of classroom and 32 hours of clinical. Students are required to attend the minimum 120 hours as required by the state.  The course fee is $750 which includes the books.  Minimum class size is 5 students.  Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.  Early registration is encouraged. 

 Classroom work is completed at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Service Delivery Facility at 121 Bader St., Green Bay. Clinicals are completed at Parkview Manor Health & Rehab, 2961 St. Anthony Dr., Green Bay. For copies of the training program registration packet, please call the Health and Safety Services Department at 920-227-4290 or 1-800-733-9909 or pick up a registration packet from the department at 2131 Deckner Ave  (lower level) Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

American Red Cross Announces Fall/Winter Nurse Assistant Training Schedule

The purpose of the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is to provide the information and skills that will enable nurse assistants to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, as well as supplemental information and skills that will enable them to provide quality health care for clients at home and patients in hospitals. The program is designed with input from educators, caregivers, and long-term industry representatives from across the United States.  The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and provides students with job skills needed to become a qualified CNA.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is accepting applications for upcoming nurse assistant training classes.

COURSE DATES/TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Classroom: 5:00-9:30pm on Mon, Tue, Thu and 8:00am-1:30 or 2:00pm on Sat; Oct 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, Nov 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, and Nov 20 (make-up day 8am-2:00pm)

1st Group Clinical: 5:00-10:00pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Nov 29, 30, Dec 2; 7:00am-3:30pm, Sat, Dec 4; 5:00-10:00pm, Mon, Dec 6 and 5:00-9:00, Tue, Dec

 2nd Group Clinical: 5:00-10pm, Thu, Dec 9; 7:00am-3:30pm, Sat, Dec 11; 5:00-10:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Dec 13, 14, 15; and 5:00-9:00, Thu, Dec 16

Classroom: 8:00am-2:00pm; Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Oct 19, 20, 21, 22; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Oct 25, 26, 27, 28; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Nov 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Mon, Tue, Wed, Nov 8, 9, 10 and Thu, Nov 11 (make up day)

 1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm; Fri, Mon, Tue, Thu, Nov 12, 15, 16, 18

 2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm; Fri, Mon, Tue, Wed, Nov 19, 22, 23, 24

Classroom: 8:00am-3:30pm; Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Dec 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, Jan, 3, 4, 5, 6; 8:00am-12:00pm, Fri Jan 7; and 8:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Jan 10 (make-up day)

 1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Jan, 11, 12, 13, 14

 2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-3:30pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Jan, 17, 18, 19, 20

 The Nurse Assistant Training course is scheduled for a total of 120 hours which includes 88 hours of classroom and 32 hours of clinical. Students are required to attend the minimum 120 hours as required by the state.  The course fee is $750 which includes the books.  Minimum class size is 5 students.  Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.  Early registration is encouraged. 

Classroom work is completed at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Service Delivery Facility at 121 Bader St., Green Bay. Clinicals are completed at Parkview Manor Health & Rehab, 2961 St. Anthony Dr., Green Bay. For copies of the training program registration packet, please call the Health and Safety Services Department at 920-227-4290 or 1-800-733-9909 or pick up a registration packet from the department at 2131 Deckner Ave  (lower level) Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

 About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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