Lindsborg Community Hospital and Bethany Village host sites for FREE CNA Classes.
The generosity of one anonymous charitable organization has funded free Certified Nursing Assistant classes at LCH and Bethany Home since June 2002. Working with Hutchinson Community College, we have graduated nearly 957 CNAs.
Nationwide shortages in the nursing field are skyrocketing, but thanks to a local charitable organization in McPherson County, health care careers are commencing to help fill the gaps. One member of the charitable organization was impressed with the kindness show by a CNA during a hospital stay and initiated the sponsorship of these classes. Betty Nelson, Director of Marketing and Development for the Lindsborg Community Hospital comments, “We remain grateful to the donor for the ongoing partnership. This generous gift of education and the promotion of healthcare careers is substantial and never taken for granted.” The program coordinator is Executive Assistant Kale Kuhlmann.
Each summer classes are scheduled to have four sessions of a limited number of students. Each session is fourteen days in length and held Monday through Friday from 8am - 4:30 pm. The cost of the class, tuition, books, TB test, fees and even meals are underwritten by the organization.(In cases of a positive reaction to a TB test the organization does not provide free x-ray services) In order to receive 5 college credits, participants need to be sixteen and at least a junior in high school.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) serve an important role in the care of patients. They have varied duties according to experience and the type of facility they serve. Duties may include feeding patients who are unable to feed themselves, preparing food trays, bathing, grooming, dressing patients, helping patients to move about, measuring liquid intake and output, measuring and recording vital signs, making beds and observing the patient's mental, physical and emotional condition and reporting any concerns to the nursing or medical staff.
Enrollment for the class sessions will be handled through an application process. Historically these classes fill quickly and potential students are placed on a waiting list. Brochures and applications are available now for the summer sessions. Completed applications are due April 3, with notice of acceptance sent shortly thereafter.