Lake View Memorial offers nursing classesLater this month, Lake View Memorial Hospital will offering a certified nursing assistant class. The course will prepare students to pass the Minnesota State Competency Exam and potentially be placed on the state’s Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Registry.
By: Chaviely Dellinger, Lake County News Chronicle
Later this month, Lake View Memorial Hospital will offering a certified nursing assistant class. The course will prepare students to pass the Minnesota State Competency Exam and potentially be placed on the state’s Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Registry.
Another class, offered for students interested in becoming licensed practical nurses, may be available late this winter or early spring. According to Greg Ruberg, Director of Rehab/Nutrition Services & Risk Management at Lake View, the final decision has not yet been made to offer the LPN program in Two Harbors.
“Mesabi Range, Lake View hospital, and Ecumen Scenic Shores will be discussing this possibility in the near future,” Ruberg said. “The number of individuals registered for the nursing assistant class this fall will be a factor in the LPN discussion.”
The CNA class is a four-credit course featuring group activities, text-based work and hands-on clinical experience designed to train future nurses for a growing health care field. It is open to high school graduates or individuals with a general equivalency diploma. Those interested are expected to apply for the course, which is offered through Mesabi Range Community Technical College but taught on-site in Two Harbors.
After completing the CNA course, students will be provided the opportunity to take the state exam. The CNA course is a prerequisite for the LPN course, which includes two liberal arts courses: Lifespan Development and College Writing.
“We are very excited to be able to offer this program again,” Ruberg said. “This collaboration between Lake View Hospital, Mesabi Range College, Ecumen Scenic Shores, and the Two Harbors High School is quite unique and is a significant benefit for the Two Harbors community.”
The CNA course will begin Oct. 2, and will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Two Saturday sessions will be required but have yet to be scheduled. The class will run through Dec. 16. Clases will be held at Lake View Memorial Hospital and clinical work will be done at Ecumen Scenic Shores.
The CNA program was offered in February of last year and considered a success. Each student enrolled in the course passed the state exam, Ruberg said. The success of the students and the program is a win/win. The students learn skills that lead to employment and local health care facilities have a pool of well-trained caregivers to fill job openings.
“A number of graduates were offered jobs right here in Two Harbors,” Ruberg said.
One of last year’s course graduates, Meghan Selhorst, said she valued the experience.
“The emotions in class were all positive, during the weekdays our classes were three hours long, and on Saturdays they were six hours. It sounds like a long time to be in a classroom, however, time seemed to just fly by, said Selhorst. “The class was so worth it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the medical field.” Now Selhorst is looking to the future.
“I know I will be able to find a job,” she said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is expected to grow 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. The 2010 median salary for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants is $24,010 per year. The lowest wage for Minnesota CNAs is about $10 an hour, but factors such as experience, place of employment, and demand can increase pay up to $17 per hour, according to cnaclasseshelp.com.
According to Rosanne Omersa of Mesabi Range College Enrollment Services, the CNA class will cost $1,233 per student. The amount is due before the class begins and covers the cost of tuition, books and fees. Omersa also said that there isn’t a set application deadline, but interested applicants should apply as soon as possible so dates, tuition, and other information can be given to those interested.
To apply for either program or for more information, visit their website, www.mesabirange.edu, or call (218) 741-3095.