Lewis County General Hospital Offers CNA Program

Lewis County General Hospital Offers CNA Program

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Melinda Andre is a certified nursing assistant at Lewis County General Hospital. She says she was drawn to care for residents at the hospital's nursing home.

"It's a funny story. When I was young, I used to be terrified of the elderly, but as I got older, I realized they need the compassion and care," she said.

So six years ago, Andre signed up for the hospital's certified nursing assistant, or CNA, program.

Eight students get CNA certifications in a six-week course. Each student also trains for 100 hours, including 30 clinical hours grooming, feeding and cleaning for patients and residents.

"There's an overall shortage of nursing across the board, but our CNAs are the front line staff that care for our residents," said Marcy Teal, staff development coordinator at LCGH.

Students who get their CNA can find a job at Lewis County General, or continue their medical career somewhere else.

"Some also use it as a stepping stone for their LPN or RN (certifications). We've had some students that have used it to make clinical time for their PA (requirements)," said Teal.

Andre says nursing is a rewarding career for her.

"People need help and there aren't enough CNAs I feel. So as you keep going through the class, you realize that it's just a very rewarding job," she said.

To learn about how to apply for the CNA program at Lewis County General Hospital, contact clinical instructor Melissa Brown by phone at (315) 376-5678 or by email at mbrown@lcgh.net.

You can also find applications in the hospital's human resources department.

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