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Looming silver tsunami inspires nurse assistant training

The School of Care will be launching its first nurse assistant training program in the Nevada County area. This program will prepare students to take the state competency exam to become a certified nursing assistant to meet the current needs in our community and the great needs ahead.

The training will be held at Spring Hill Manor beginning Oct. 14. For those interested in learning more, there will be informational introductions, “Exploring a Career as a CNA,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the One Stop Career Center, 11715 Maltman in Grass Valley.

The School of Care, a Red Cross partner, is providing this training as the first phase toward achieving its mission to raise the standard of care in Nevada County.

This program is a launching pad for future School of Care trainings and community classes for family and professional caregivers

CNAs work under the supervision of a nurse, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in keeping the nurse up-to-date on vital information about the patients’ conditions.

In addition, nursing assistance provides a stepping stone with excellent experience as an entry-level health career that can lead to more advanced health careers and increased income. There is growing interest in this field for a variety of reasons.

The force of the silver tsunami Ahead

Area 4 on Aging, which is inclusive of Nevada County, reports demographic statistics that indicate that 71 percent of our county population will be 60 and older by the year 2020, better known as the silver tsunami.

The significant needs of this aging population is in addition to the other top conditions requiring long-term care; fall-related fractured bones, recovery from an illness or surgery, rehabilitation following a hospital stay, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, stroke, head injuries, obesity and other terminal and degenerative diseases.

Wheel Job Creation, the parent nonprofit organization of the School of Care, has a mission “to create new meaningful, purposeful jobs in response to the specific needs of locality and the uniqueness of its people resources and geography — working toward social and economic renewal.”

WHEEL chose to make the School of Care its first initiative because of the significant need in our county. Care services are purposeful for both the recipient and the provider.

School of Care is looking for a permanent home that will be welcoming, convenient and provide classrooms, as well as sanctuary for all those in the care community.

Those interested in working toward the realization of this vision can contact schoolofcare@gmail.com or visit the website at www.schoolofcare.org.


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The Union Updated Sep 23, 2013 12:54AM Published Sep 25, 2013 08:44AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.