Nurse assistants are an important part of a medical team. When working with patients
and family members, they often serve as the link between doctor and patient.
Are you compassionate about others and have an interest in health care? Do you want
to learn skills to help you care for your family members?
Nurse assistant training is now available through the Hawaii chapter of the American
Red Cross, which offers both in-house and online curriculums. The 130-hour program
prepares applicants to take the state nurse assistant competency exam, also administered
by the Hawaii chapter. According to Mary Meinel, director of training and preparedness
at Hawaii Red Cross, ideal candidates are those who are interested in a career in
health care or who plan on caring for family members.
“The added benefit we always promote to people interested in the career is it is
life-long learning that can be used to care for family members or to respond to
emergencies in the outside world,” Meinel says. “Students will learn proper recognition
of a health problem, 35 skills in long-term care of the elderly or disabled, infection
control, safety, body mechanics, resident’s rights, and compassion.”
Training for the nurse assistant program often results in triggering an interest
in related medical careers such as medical assistants, licensed practical nurses,
and registered nurses.
“In fact, most community colleges and universities in Hawai‘i now require
students to become a certified nurse assistant before progressing to other medical
career curriculums,” Meinel says.
More information about the course is at HawaiiRedCross.org.