Local caregivers make national accomplishment

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 4:42 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN, Mo. — Southern Hills Specialty Care Center's certified nursing assistants (CNA) Jessica Parmer and George Michelman have recently graduated from the National Association of Health Care Assistants’ (NAHCA) eight-module certified preceptor course.

The multimedia program, written and delivered by NAHCA, provides instruction and coaching to ensure CNA students understand how to effectively mentor and train new nursing assistants entering the profession of caregiving to the frail and elderly.

By completing the course, each participant demonstrated the knowledge and tools needed to reduce CNA turnover, integrating them into their training process and building the most consistent and stable team of professional caregivers at Southern Hills Specialty Care Center.

“We are always very pleased that CNAs invest the time to learn how they can positively influence new nursing assistants and help them succeed,” said NAHCA Senior Vice-President of Membership Services Jeff Carter. “It also demonstrates the desire of the long-term care provider Southern Hills Specialty Care Center of Care Initiatives to invest in their staff to provide the best care possible. Ultimately, the frail and elderly benefit greatly with a consistent and skilled team of CNAs to provide what is often life sustaining care.”

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