Published: January 6, 2011
This month, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will begin a new program to benefit Peninsula jobseekers and employers in the medical field. TNCC, already an experienced accelerated healthcare training provider, has added a 2-month nurse aide program to its Workforce Development fast track classes in Williamsburg. The first class starts Tuesday, January 25, and other classes will be scheduled as needed.
The new program addresses the needs of Peninsula businesses now facing a growing nurse aide shortage in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. “Our first class begins with ten students, but one local employer recommended that we double that to twenty as soon as feasible because of the shortage of nursing aides in the region,” says Carmen Burrows, Associate Vice President for Workforce Development at TNCC.
Developed with the help of a grant from Virginia’s Community Colleges, the Nurse Aide program prepares students to provide direct patient care under supervision, help long term care residents, and qualifies them to take Virginia’s Nurse Aide Exam. “Using state-of-the art training material, our students learn basic anatomy and physiology and gain hands-on clinical experience,” says Deborah Ball, the RN who wrote the curriculum for the college. In addition to classroom instruction, students obtain practical experience at Williamsburg Landing, a premier local assisted and acute care facility, just off Route 199 in Williamsburg.
TNCC’s certified Nurse Aide program is a great start for career mobility that includes moving from nurse aide to licensed practical nurse (LPN or PN) to registered nurse, an option offered by the variety of local training organizations, including TNCC’s LPN to RN articulated program. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For additional information or to register, call 757-258-6591, 757-825-2937 or visit www.tncc.edu/workforce.
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