ROANOKE COUNTY AIMS TO CREATE MORE CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS THROUGH NEW NURSING PROGRAM
Nursing assistants along with registered nurses, is by far the one of the most highly sought positions in connection to the widespread nursing shortage across the nation.
In a news release, students from Roanoke County are learning what it takes to get into the healthcare industry, all while being trained for nursing career’s in-demand positions.
Karen Zimmerman, a RN Instructor for the new nursing careers program at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology with Carilion paying for her position as part of a partnership with Roanoke County Public Schools, said that she’s hopeful that the students will fall in love with healthcare, also adding that it's a very high demand and a demanding job.
Students will learn the fundamentals of healthcare, including how to work with patients. Students will be able to take an exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. Zimmerman says being a CNA is a good jumping off point.
“I've worked with several physicians that started out as CNAs,” she said.
About 40 students in the program, who’ll be able to sit for the CNA exam this spring, are turning the experience into a lifetime of nursing.
Kishana Amisial, junior, said, “Then I saw nursing and I said this is my shot, my chance and I just went for it.”
Erudite Nursing Institute™ salutes Roanoke County Public Schools in partnering with Carilion Health System to create more Certified Nursing Assistants.
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