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Start Your Healthcare Career with Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training
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September 8, 2009

Some Red Cross chapters offer Nurse Assistant training designed to prepare individuals to provide quality care for residents in nursing communities and other health care settings.

nurse trainingIf you're interested in a career in healthcare,, becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) might be a good way to get started.  Nurse Assistant training requires a modest amount of money and just a few weeks of time.  Job opportunities for nurse assistants are increasing as the population ages.  And many registered nurses entered the healthcare field as Certified Nurse Assistants.

American Red Cross Nurse Assistant training is available in 36 cities across the nation.  Training provides the information and skills needed to become a CNA and deliver basic care and support for residents in nursing communities, clients at home and patients in hospitals.  State requirements for nurse assistant certification differ from state to state, and training is designed to meet the requirements of the state in which the Red Cross chapter is located.

The Red Cross, with its strong tradition of nursing, is a logical place to get Nurse Assistant training.  The organization has been involved in nursing for more than 100 years, and has provided nurse assistant training for the past two decades. 

"The facility is always excited when an American Red Cross CAN job applicant comes across our desk," says a director of staff development at a nursing community center.  "We are impressed with the high quality of training the American Red Cross gives their students.  They are confident and eager to work."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross offers a four-week Certified Nurse Assistant course for $1,400.  Classes are held weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

The program, approved by the Department of Education, includes CPR/First Aid certification, nursing supplies and the registration fee for the Nurse Aid Competency Certification Exam required by the State of Pennsylvania.

Nurse Assistant training is nothing new at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.  Classes have been offered for the past 12 years, and the Red Cross has trained several thousand Nurse Assistants during that time.  In the fiscal year of 2009, the chapter trained 181 new Certified Nurse Assistant professionals.

Rome, Georgia.  The Coosa Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross started the Nurse Assistant Program in 2003, and the number of students has tripled over the past three years. 

Small classes of no more than 14 students cost $660.  Day or evening Certified Nurse Assistant classes are offered and run three weeks and six weeks respectively.  Students pass the state certification exam at higher rates that the Georgia average. 

The chapter accepts students sponsored by the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Workforce Investment Act Job Training program.  Many students who were working jobs with little potential for growth or re-entering the work force are now taking the course.  "It is heartwarming to see them realize their personal and occupational potential," says chapter health and safety director Amy Vickery.

San Bernardino, California.  The Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided Nurse Assistant Training for more than 15 years.  The 164 hour program is offered during the day, at a cost of $1,750.

Courses are lead by Registered Nurses; Licensed Vocational Nurses serve as secondary instructors. Instructors are approved by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary and Vocational Education, accepted by the California Department of Health Services, certified by the American Red Cross and meet state requirements.

More than 300 Nurse Assistants are trained annually at the Inland Empire Chapter, and 99 percent of students pass the State Board Competency Evaluations.  One former student decided to go into the medical field following the illness and death of her father.  "Within one month," she writes, "I was a Certified Nurse Assistant with CPR/AED certification."

Inland Empire Chapter staff like to tell about two students who met in class, began dating and later got married.  The husband and wife team continued their education and both are now Registered Nurses. 

The following American Red Cross chapters currently offer Nurse Assistant training:


Chapter Name City State
Madison/Marshall County Huntsville AL
American Red Cross of Central Alabama Montgomery AL
American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Inland Empire San Bernardino CA
American Red Cross, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties Santa Rosa CA
South Central Connecticut New Haven CT
Northeast Florida Jacksonville FL
Central Panhandle Panama City FL
Space Coast Rockledge FL
Tampa Bay Tampa FL
Southwest Georgia Albany GA
Northeast Georgia Gainesville GA
Coosa Valley Rome GA
Hawaii State Honolulu HI
Louisville Area Louisville KY
American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay Cambridge MA
Berkshire County Pittsfield MA
Pioneer Valley Springfield MA
American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts Worcester MA
Central Maryland Baltimore MD
Southeastern Michigan Detroit MI
American Red Cross of the Twin Cities Area Minneapolis MN
Elizabeth H. Dole Chapter Salisbury NC
Concord Area Concord NH
New Hampshire West Keene NH
Great Bay Portsmouth NH
Greater Cleveland Cleveland OH
Keystone Johnstown PA
Southeastern Pennsylvania Philadelphia PA
Allegheny Region Reno PA
Black Hills Rapid City SD
Hiwassee Cleveland TN
Greater Richmond Richmond VA
Green Mountain Bennington VT
Chippewa Valley Altoona WI
Lakeland Green Bay WI


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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