A new class of nurse aide trainees recently graduated at Heritage Ministries.
Nurse aides are a vital part of the health care system as they provide hands-on personal care.
"We are lucky to have new employees that model our core values - respect, excellence, acceptance, compassion and honesty,'' said Mary Jo McConnaughey, a registered nurse and nurses aid trainees coordinator. "Our NAT's have a character quality that works well with our residents and have enhanced the Heritage Ministries Team."
Graduates of the November 2011 nurses aide trainee program are, front row, from left, Heather Fuller, Andrea Lewis, Jessica Hill, Sharoyn Ruby, Marianne Dunlap, Amanda Griffin and Stacey Nolan. Back row, from left, are Jennifer Tamol, Diane Aziz, registered nurse instructor; Mary Jo McConnaughey, registered nurse and program coordinator; Naoko Harwell, Sarah Becker and Stacy Curtis.
Heritage Ministries offers paid nurse aide training housed at Heritage Green Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Greenhurst. The program is 24 days long consisting of more than 100 training hours and 35 hours of clinical practice at one of Heritage Ministries' three skilled nursing facilities. Training includes in-classroom instruction, clinical - with direct resident care - and in-facility testing. Once students pass standardized testing, they earn the title of certified nurse aide.
"The success rate for our graduates passing the certification exam is extremely high, well into the 90s," Mrs. McConnaughey said.
A new nurse aide training class starts every five weeks. For more information, call Heritage Ministries' at 483-5000 and ask to speak with the Human Resource Department about upcoming nurse aide training.