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Jumpstart My CNA Training with the Unit Helper Program

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Jumpstart My CNA Training with the Unit Helper Program

Start your career in healthcare today! Quickly increase your earning potential with a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) License. We provide candidates real hands on experience, a structure 5-week class room training, and job placement.

Our goal is to make you successful. The CNA class is an entrance into a healthcare career with many opportunities. As a CNA, you will provide a critical role to everyday care and while opening the door to further your career as an LPN, RN, and beyond.

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Oneida Health CNA Program Highlights

  • FREE 5 Week Training Program
  • Early Acceptance for Unit Helpers – Get Paid Before Or While You Train!
  • Job Placement After Graduation at Oneida ECF with Pay Increase
  • Textbook, Student Handbook, Study Guides & all Skill Supplies Included
  • 2 year certification in CPR, First Aid and AED
  • State-of-the-art classrooms & medical equipment
  • Classroom instruction provided by licensed RN
  • Hands-on clinical experience at a local long-term care facility

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CNA Program Overview

Oneida Health’s Extended Care, in collaboration with community partners, is a clinical site for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) education. Our expert training combines classroom instruction and hands-on sessions designed to prepare individuals to provide personal care to residents in nursing homes. The training is 5 weeks in length and involves 5 full days of training per week. Classes are generally held quarterly throughout the year.

At the end of the training program individuals take a written certification exam. Once certified, individuals may begin working as Certified Nursing Assistants in residential care facilities. Qualified applicants must have either a high school diploma or completed GED and possess no previous criminal history as per federal regulations.

Applicants will not have to wait for the classes to begin to start working.

Prior to the start of our CNA training classes, applicants will have the opportunity to work as a Unit Helper where they will receive hands on experience related to CNA job responsibilities. This can include stocking resident rooms, making unoccupied beds, transferring residents, and assisting clinical staff prior to the start of the class.

Once the class starts participants will transition to an on-site 5-week class. The class is free, test is free, and participants get paid a unit helper rate while training. Upon graduation, graduates become a CNA with placement available at our ECF with a pay increase.

Once you become a CNA, you can go on to be an LPN, RN, NP – the sky is the limit. We offer college reimbursement (it’s 50% reimbursement of  $5,250k per semester of tuition) and the Oneida Health Foundation has annual scholarships available as well to help support continued education.

  • Small Class Sizes
  • Start Working Immediately
  • Get Paid Before Or While You Train
  • Practical Hands-On Experience
  • Licensed Instructors with Professional Experience
  • Just 5 Weeks of Training
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must pass an Oneida Health criminal background check prior to registration
  • Completion of Oneida Health employee orientation

Upon successful completion of the course students will qualify to take the State Competency Test to be a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). The State Competency Test is an evaluation of nurse aide-related knowledge, skills and abilities. The Pearson View test is made up of both a written and oral examination in addition to a skills evaluation. The purpose of the examination is to make sure that the student understands and can safely perform the job of an entry-level nurse aide.

The course prepares students to seek employment in various health care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, board and care/retirement facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and day care facilities for the elderly.

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FAQs

Imagine a job that rewards you for caring about others…that is exciting and challenging…a job where you make a difference. Whether you’re just starting your career or ready for a change, now is the time to consider becoming a Nurse Assistant. In most states a Nurse Assistant is referred to as a (CNA).

As a CNA, you will be an important part of today’s world of health care, with knowledge and skills that are always in demand. The training program at Oneida Health prepares individuals with the information and the experience needed to become a Nurse Assistant who will provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings.

The Unit Helper is a paid position created at Oneida Health to allow potential CNA candidates to experience the day-to-day roll of a CNA before they commit to course certification. Much of the same job roles and services are performed by our Unit Helpers, giving them practical experience before course entry.

CNA Training classes begin as soon as we have enough students, typically quarterly.

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Yes, it’s really free. No catch or gotchas. We have a high demand for CNAs and medical professionals. So high, in fact, that we are willing to invest in future employees with free training courses.

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CNA Course Description

The Oneida Health Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program helps students learn skills that will enable them to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, as well as supplemental information and skills that will enable graduates to provide quality health care for clients at home and patients in hospitals.

In this course you will learn the following based on guidelines from the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Training Program and Certification:

  • Unit 1: Introductory Curriculum
  • Unit 2: Basic Nursing Skills
  • Unit 3: Personal Care Skills
  • Unit 4: Mental Health and Social Service Needs
  • Unit 5: Care of Cognitively Impaired Residents
  • Unit 6: Basic Restorative Services
  • Unit 7: Residents Rights

CNA training was developed to prepare you to deliver the level of care your patients will need. The in-class, or theory, component of our CNA training program will help you understand and learn how to provide proper patient care. This component includes lectures and hands-on, in-class practice.

After successfully completing your in-class work, you’ll begin part 2 of the course – clinical work – which allows you to, under the guidance of a licensed nurse, work directly with patients in a healthcare facility.

Although your interests may be vast and varied, our Certified Nurse Assistant training program can help you develop skills that are applicable to a wide range of healthcare environments. This way, you can build a foundation of information and good habits before you specialize or choose to further your career with additional training. Currently, the CNA training program includes instruction on:

  • CPR, First Aid, and AED usage
  • Infection control
  • Taking vital signs
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Becoming a valuable and adaptable employee
  • Communication, teamwork and diversity skills for the workplace
  • The art of caregiving
  • Promoting safety
  • Special care instructions
  • Transitioning from student to employee

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The first part of our CNA training takes place in the classroom. During classroom training, students will learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures as well as hands-on demonstrations and practice. Students are also certified in CPR.

Upon completion of the classroom training, students will begin the second part of the program which consists of clinical training. During clinical training students will work directly with patients in a health care facility. You will be supervised by a licensed nurse, who is approved by the state as a Certified Nurse Assistant Training Instructor.

During your clinical rotation experience, you will work side by side with other aides, nurses and medical professionals. You will learn what working as a Certified Nurse Assistant is like every day in a long-term care facility.

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Job Outlook

In 2004, there were 1.4 million nurses assistants employed in the US. Nurse assistants and CNAs are employed in a variety of facilities including hospitals, clinics, and home care.

The job growth for Nurse Assistants is faster than average, with an expected growth of 20% or more by 2020. A total of more than 300,000 additional employees will be needed. There are excellent employment opportunities for Nurse Assistants across the nation.

As the medical field continuously grows Nurse Assistants are on the front lines for providing quality patient care. Becoming a Nurse Assistant is a good idea for someone interested in the nursing field but not sure which path. A Nurse Assistant job will set you on the fast track to a quality career in the medical field.

Top Reasons to become a Certified Nurse Assistant

  • Over 100 years of nursing experience and an industry leader.
  • Our instructors are state approved licensed nurses OR our instructors are state approved licensed nurses (RNs, LPNs/LVNs as allowed by state).

Bureau of Labor Quick Facts: Nursing Assistants

2019 Median Pay $29,640 per year
$14.25 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree certificate or diploma
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2018 1,564,200
Job Outlook, 2028-2098 9% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-28 137,800

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CNA Licensing Exam

Testing will be conducted at the ECF. With your CNA preparation courses and clinical complete, you’ll have the knowledge you need to pass your licensing exams and skills tests – all that’s left is to actually take them.

We prepare you for the two sections of the CNA examination: written examination and clinical skills test.

  • The written examination uses a multiple-choice format to test your knowledge of nursing concepts. You have 90 minutes to complete 60 questions.
  • The clinical skills test requires you to perform nursing tasks in front of a test evaluator.

As your testing date approaches, you may be wondering what to expect. In order to help you achieve the best possible outcome, we’ve created a list of test-day information designed ensure that have everything have everything you need for your exam.

In addition to:

  • Be sure to bring all required documentation to your test day. This will include a state application, state approval letter, a valid photo ID, and social security card or printout.
  • Arrive at the testing site at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Be sure to set aside the entire day for your test.
  • Wear scrubs or a uniform, as well as supportive, non-skid shoes, and a watch with a second hand.
  • Bring snacks, pencils, pens (blue or black ink), a lunch and water.

Testimonials

Brittany A

The training they provided me really prepared me for the class. Being a unit helper before becoming a CNA was really helpful to getting to know the residents.

– Brittany A.

Andrea Collins

For a short class you learn a lot. I feel well trained and that I will be able to be successful as a CNA. The hands on experience the class provided was perfect for me.

– Andrea C.

Krista Collins

A great experience & easy to complete. I have been working as a CNA for over 6 months now & would definitely do it again. I plan on going on to be a LPN.

– Krista C.

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