SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2014 – The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties now offers training for entry-level healthcare careers through its Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program. The program equips students and helps give them a career pathway into the fast-growing industry, while also helping communities alleviate a shortage of adequately trained Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs).
“The Red Cross is committed to preparing our region,” said Tony Young, CEO of the local Red Cross. “We’re excited to be offering this education program to prepare students seeking employment in various healthcare settings and expanding the number of trained professionals ready to respond to emergencies.”
During the course Red Cross NAT instructors teach students 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 like 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.
While the local program is new, the Red Cross has provided nurse assistant training for more than two decades and has been a leader in the nursing profession for more than 100 years. With its strong tradition of nursing, the Red Cross is a solid choice for people seeking nurse assistant training.
Students who participate in the training program have the privilege of being taught by long-time working professionals who are all Registered Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses.
Classes are held at 311 Del Mar Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91910. Enrollment is limited to 15 students per class, ensuring an intimate student-centered environment. The tuition fee is $1,500 which includes training books, supplies, CPR certification and the exam fee for CNA certification. The program is taught over 22 days and includes 100 hours of hands-on training at a long-term care facility.
For more information about the program, call 619-941-3580 or go to www.redcross.org/sandiego.