Kayla Troutman had always wanted to be a nurse like her Grandmother Sydney Berry, but as a single mother, her first priority was to provide a secure life for her three-year-old daughter Bailey.
“I’ve always heard good things about the [Nurse Aide Training] program provided by the Red Cross,” Troutman said, “but I always put off taking the class due to fear of change.”
After researching the program online, Troutman signed up to begin the first step on the path to her dream career. Throughout the challenging weeks of instruction and clinical training, Troutman’s daughter kept her motivated, expressing her delight at the thought of her mommy becoming a nurse.
“I’m excited to be going into a profession that my daughter will be proud of,” Troutman said. “She is my whole reason for working as hard as I have.
After successfully completing the program at the top of her class, Troutman plans to take the state nurse aide exam to become a certified nurse assistant and then find a job. Eventually she would like to continue her education to become a Registered Nurse.
“Now that I’ve got my foot in the door and completed this program, I know I can do anything,” Troutman said.
Her support from the Red Cross will not stop after graduation. The Red Cross Nurse Aide Training program furnishes each graduate with a pretest study guide and offers tutoring options leading up to the state nurse aide exam. Program staff continue to support graduates following the exam by offering resume writing workshops, employment search assistance and job fairs with local employers.
Occasionally, Red Cross community partners and grants provide funding for scholarships to help students cover course tuition. Troutman and a number of her classmates were recipients of a scholarship funded by the Walmart Foundation.
There are currently a limited number of scholarships available to Wounded Warriors and veterans who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 1, 2011. The scholarship is also open to their immediate families and caregivers. If selected, recipients must use the scholarship prior to June 30, 2014. The scholarship is funded by the Wounded Warrior Project.
If you think you qualify for the Wounded Warrior Scholarship or if you are interested in more information on starting a career as a nurse aide, call the American Red Cross at (502) 561-3771.