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Information sessions planned for free CNA training program

Date: 07/26/2019

Presque Isle, Maine (July 26, 2019) — Northern Light AR Gould Hospital is again partnering with SAD #42 Adult Education to offer a training program for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs).  Informational sessions about the program, CNA duties, and hospital benefits will be held on Wednesday, July 31, from 5:00-6:00 pm and on Friday, August 2, from 7:30-8:30 am. 


A CNA provides hands-on healthcare to patients, helping with bathing, dressing and the basic activities of life, working under the direction of a nurse,” explains Daryl Boucher, vice president of nursing.  “They play a vital role in patient care both at the hospital and at our long-term and skilled care facility in Mars Hill.”


To meet the needs for more CNAs at both facilities, the hospital hires participants in the program as temporary employees, paying them 36 hours/week while they take part in the 8-week training course.  The class is also offered for free for those who commit to one year of full-time employment or two-years of part-time employment at AR Gould.  Those who do not want to make that commitment have the option of paying for their tuition.


“While physically demanding at times, this can be a very rewarding career personally,” says Odette LaPointe, RN, lead instructor for the program.  “It is also a great way to get started down the path of becoming a nurse or other healthcare professional.  You are learning how to work as part of a team, building communications and life skills, and getting exposure to technology such as our computer charting system. Working in healthcare in general is an excellent career today and in the future.”


Upon graduation from the program, CNAs have employment opportunities in a variety of settings.


To learn more about this opportunity, please plan to attend the information session on the evening of July 31 or the morning of August 2.  Both sessions will be held in the conference center on the second floor of the East Annex on the hospital’s campus at 140 Academy Street in Presque Isle.