Begin a New Career as a Nurse Aide.
Being a Nurse Aide is in high demand in today’s job market. Agencies that employ Nurse Aides are looking for confident, competent, skilled professionals. Our Nurse Aide Program meets the curriculum requirements and is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. It is designed to provide the student with the working knowledge and clinical skills to care for individuals in the hospital, rehabilitation, nursing home, hospice, and/or in the home.
The course requires the student to complete 93 hours of classroom lecture, successfully demonstrate 22 manual patient/resident care skills, and attend an externship to perform 40 hours of direct patient care in a clinical setting. Graduates are well prepared for the requirements to pass the state test as well as to be successfully employed.
The emphasis of the Nurse Aide training program is to meet the various needs of the patient; physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Topics taught include, but are not limited to:
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal relations
- Aging process and medical conditions
- Observation and proper documentation
- Safety and infection prevention
- Nutrition and home management
- Anatomy and physiology
- Professional and ethical integrity
- Death and dying
Through lecture, DVDs, role-playing, and laboratory practice, students learn procedural skills such as vital signs, bathing, dressing, assisting to eat, grooming, toileting, lifting and moving while using proper body mechanics.
The classrooms are large, bright, comfortable, and equipped with laptops, wall-mounted monitors, and inter-active whiteboard. The skills laboratory has hospital beds and medical equipment to practice skills prior to the student’s externship at local facilities.
Upon successful completion, the student will be eligible to apply to the Virginia Board of Nursing to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), currently administered by Pearson VUE and Credentia. The Nursing Assistant proficiency examination is the Commonwealth’s-approved competency evaluation, consisting of both written and manual skills components. Additionally, Cardinal Institute for Health Careers is a regional test facility. This allows you the opportunity to schedule and take your exam in the same environment where you were taught.
To learn more, please call today: 540-479-6600.