CNA Training Program Expands to Strengthen Workforce


The Saint Elizabeth Community Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program is expanding to accommodate more students with more training space and an additional instructor. Training for CNAs began at Saint Elizabeth Home in the late 1990s when they were taught by staff once or twice each year. In the new model, started in 2021, a clinical nursing instructor delivers training for the entire community on a rotating schedule all year long.

“We’ve been so happy with the results of the program that we’re ready to have it grow so we can bring more people into the field and into our facilities and programs,” said Amy Nield, RN, BS, the organization’s clinical nursing instructor.

Most of the participants have continued to pursue careers within Saint Elizabeth Community. A recent graduate, Daniel Kennedy, shared some thoughts about his experience with the program and his entrance into the world of eldercare

“I found the training program to be a wonderful experience. I felt prepared and ready to jump into my work on day one! And the group who took the course together have remained in touch and have encouraged each other in our own career goals.”

Daniel Kennedy

Saint Elizabeth Home Care CNA Daniel Kennedy posed with Clinical Nursing Instructor Amy Nield at his graduation from the training program.

After completing the program, Daniel joined Saint Elizabeth Home Care, where he assists clients in the comfort and safety of their own home.

“Any time I have needed support in being a caregiver, the dedicated and professional team that leads us has been nothing but positive, encouraging and supportive.”

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