Dothan nursing home to offer career training

DOTHAN, Alabama. (June 6, 2019) — Westside Terrace Healthcare is opening the doors to a new career opportunity for people in the Dothan area. The award-winning nursing home will offer Certified Nursing Assistant training, starting June 10. No college education or previous professional experience is needed; however, a high school diploma or GED is necessary.

The monthly classes will cover basic nursing skills and prepare students for advanced career education in the medical field. Students will be hired by Westside Terrace and paid while taking classes. Upon successful completion of the classes and certification testing, the students will be offered positions at the facility.

Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs are trained to perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They maintain a safe environment and perform selected duties related to the personal hygiene and the comfort of long-term care residents. Nursing assistants also observe physical, mental and emotional conditions and report any changes to the nursing or medical staff. Kristie Hughes, Westside Terrace administrator, believes CNAs have a vital role that extends beyond just providing needed care.

“A CNA is often the first person a resident sees in the morning and the last person they see at night so they are an important part of their lives. They listen, give encouragement and provide comforting compassion for our residents,” Hughes said. “It’s rewarding work that requires special people.”

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