AnMed Health and Tri-County Technical College have developed a new program that will create more nursing assistants and, they hope, perhaps pave the way to more nurses in an industry dealing with an ongoing shortage.
The Patient Care Technician program aims to train more people for jobs as nursing assistants and open the way to nursing careers.
“This new program enables AnMed Health to create a path to grow future nurses and allow education for the nursing assistive staff,” Shaunda Trotter, vice president of nursing/chief nursing officer for AnMed Health, said in a news release. “It opens up the opportunity to target individuals seeking a career in nursing or health care.”
Trotter said well-trained nursing assistants not only have an option to move into nursing careers, but they also provide a valuable service as assistants. Nursing assistants support staff nurses, which improves efficiency and care, she said in the release.
AnMed Health will work collaboratively with community partners in the grant-funded initiative, the release said. Students will be selected through community partners and current AnMed Health nursing assistants will get a chance to attend the classes.
Students will attend classroom training at Tri-County Technical College and clinical training at AnMed Health.