Eight Complete ANC Nursing Assistant Training

May 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Rebecca Bishop

CNA’S TO BE. Eight students completed a state certified nursing assistant training course at ANC. From left to right: Jara Gray, Latasha Azure, Linda Miller, Leeann First Smoke, Peggy King, and Kylee Stiffarm. Front: Instructors Kathleen Adams and Samantha Allen. (Not pictured: Brian Azure and Amber Azure.)

Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC, Harlem, MT) offered a state certified nursing assistant (CNA) training course in 2011—and eight students have completed all requirements.

The course consisted of 45 classroom hours and 35 clinical hours. Classes were held on the ANC campus; the clinical component of the course was conducted at Sweet Nursing Home in Chinook, Montana. Kathleen Adams, R.N., B.S.N., and Samantha Allen, R.N., B.S.N., taught the course. Adams is the Fort Belknap Tribal Health Public Health Nursing Program Manager and a graduate of ANC.

Students and instructors alike enjoyed the experience. Students felt comfortable taking the course from nurses within their own community, and they bonded as a group. In February, all eight students took their state certification exam at ANC, which was recently approved as an official certification testing site. A pinning ceremony is planned for later this spring.

During the spring semester, ANC will offer another CNA training course as part of the Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce Training (TCC DeMaND) project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

In addition to the 80 hours of nursing assistant training, the enhanced course offering will include a WorkKeys assessment and pre-professional training seminar. The health services component of this project is designed to address the critical shortage of trained health care workers on and around the Fort Belknap reservation, while providing students with the training opportunities needed to advance in health-related careers such as nursing and emergency medical services. Other components of the TCC DeMaND project at ANC will address workforce development priorities in the areas of building trades, transportation, and environmental safety.

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