RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, Monday March 10, 2014 - The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program in Richmond and the Wounded Warrior Project recently joined forces to offer scholarships for Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training to Wounded Warriors, immediate family members or caregivers.
The partnership supports service members and veterans who incur or incurred service-connected physical and psychological wounds, injuries and illnesses on or after September 11, 2001. Each scholarship covers 100 percent of the cost of tuition and state certification testing fees. A limited number of scholarships are available for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis.
“This partnership is another example of the long-standing Red Cross tradition of supporting those who serve in the armed forces,” said Mark Whiting, senior program manager for the Nurse Assistant Training Program. “It is a way to honor the service and sacrifice of the members of the military and their families. Not only does it provide skills to care for wounded warriors, it is a pathway to employment in the fast-growing healthcare field.”
The Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program offers classroom and hands-on instruction to prepare students for credentialing as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
The choice of a four-week daytime, or a seven-week evening/all-day Saturday course is offered. The training is held at Red Cross headquarters in downtown Richmond. The clinical rotation site for the evening/Saturday class is the McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center in Richmond.
The program is 130-hours long and includes a 40-hour clinical rotation in a long-term care facility. Students learn procedures such as safety and infection control, bathing, dressing, feeding, positioning, lifting and taking and recording vital signs. CPR/AED/First Aid certification and employment skills are also included.
After completing the course and passing the state CNA certification exam, graduates have the skills to provide comprehensive care to the Wounded Warrior in their lives. CNA certification also opens up employment opportunities in health care, including long-term and acute care facilities and home health care settings. Graduates gain highly marketable skills and are empowered by the American Red Cross brand to stand out among their peers.
For eligibility and enrollment information and application forms, contact Admissions/Administrative Coordinator Sanchita Dasgupta at (804) 343-2793 M - F 9:00-13:00 or Sanchita.Dasgupta@redcross.org
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.