Graduation Set for Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Students

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2013 — The American Red Cross Jefferson-Shelby Chapter will hold a graduation ceremony and job fair for students who have completed the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program. Both events will take place on Monday, March 24 at the Jefferson-Shelby Red Cross located at 114 22nd Street South in Birmingham. The job fair will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am with the graduation ceremony starting at 11:00 am. We invite the media to come hear from graduates about overcoming obstacles to achieve this certification and why they chose this new career path.

The NAT course helps give students a career pathway into the fast-growing industry, while also helping communities like ours alleviate a shortage of adequately trained Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs). Red Cross NAT instructors equip students with the skills required to become CNAs and provide basic care such as feeding, dressing, bathing and monitoring patients so they can work in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living, hospitals and in-home health care. The program also offers graduates placement support and a distinct emphasis on professionalism, punctuality, and a commitment towards work. New features of the program include resume writing, interviewing skills, and a job fair.

Aging Baby Boomers will have long-term health care needs, and a nationwide shortage of adequately trained Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) is creating an opportunity for those looking for entry-level medical careers. The Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program has two community benefits. It fills the pipeline of entry-level healthcare workers with Red Cross trained graduates, and it improves workforce development. The typical NAT student is female, lower-income, with some formal education, 20-34 years of age and living below the poverty line. NAT graduates earn average wage increases of around 20 percent, and many find jobs that provide needed health insurance for themselves and their families.

For more information or to register for an upcoming session, contact Laura Wilson at (205) 795-8740 or laura.wilson@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.

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