Chesapeake, VA – Certified Nursing Assistants are vital caregivers in nursing and assisted living centers. Sentara Life Care now offers exceptional CNAs an opportunity to enhance their skills and make more money, through Virginia’s first state-licensed program for ‘Advanced’ Certified Nursing Assistants.
“This is a way for our CNAs to grow,” says Alverta Robinson, Director of Clinical Operations for Sentara Life Care. “It’s no secret that CNA retention is a challenge, and this advanced program offers our best people an incentive to stay.”
Graduates of Sentara’s Advanced CNA program can look forward to promotions, new responsibilities and higher pay.
“We’re excited for these workers, who have already demonstrated leadership ability,” says Robinson. “Now they’ve channeled that potential into something tangible.”
To get into the advanced program, CNAs must work at a Sentara facility for three years with no license restrictions, and obtain a recommendation from a supervisor. Classes are conducted by Sentara Personnel Services for 120 hours, three mornings per week. Students are paid for class time, after which they work the remainder of their shifts.
The advanced class consists of four major elements; Leadership and Mentoring, Restorative Care, Care for the Cognitively Impaired, and Wound Care, a Sentara patient safety focus on preventing and treating pressure ulcers.