Stoughton Health was awarded a Wisconsin Department of Health Services grant allowing them to provide ten scholarships to adults wanting to pursue a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. They are partnering with Madison College for online education.
The scholarships include the cost of online instruction through Madison College, clinical training at Stoughton Hospital, CPR/Basic Life Support training class and nursing assistant certification test. Scholarship recipients will earn two “digital badges” through Madison College – “Principles of Nurse Aide Communication and Safety” and “Fundamentals of Nurse Aide Training.” Hands-on clinical training will be provided at Stoughton Hospital by hospital nursing staff.
“CNAs are extremely important members of the health care team providing hands on care to our patients when they are sick, hurting and at their most vulnerable. The care and compassion they provide is an important part of a patient’s healing journey,” shares Amy Hermes, Stoughton Health Vice President of Patient Services. “There is currently a shortage of CNAs and it is our hope through this scholarship program we are able to interest more caring individuals to choose this as a career path. Stoughton Health, as well as many other organizations, frequently have job openings for CNAs.”
CNAs make a difference in the lives of their patients providing basic care and helping them with daily activities they might have trouble doing on their own, such as bathing and getting dressed. They are on the frontlines of helping patients who are frail or struggling with disease and illness. As the eyes and ears of the nursing staff, CNAs also have an important role in noticing any changes in a patient’s condition.
To learn more or apply for the Nursing Assistant Scholarship Program, please go to stoughtonhealth.com. Applications are due by Friday, February 19, 2021.