Essential Nursing Assistant Training Improves Quality of Care and Provides Jobs

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The Learning Oasis has teamed up the Vallejo Regional Career Center and local long-term care employers in Vallejo, California to offer nursing assistant training that will not only help fill the workforce gap but also provide training with a learner-centered approach.

Long-term care employers are both raising the floor—by providing better training and higher wages—and building career ladders that give nursing assistants greater opportunities for professional growth.

Long-term care providers across the nation are investing in their nursing assistant workers as part of their efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for elders and people with disabilities. These employers have reversed the industry's usual strategy of low investment and high turnover among nursing assistants and instead use a high investment–low turnover approach that results in better quality care. They are both raising the floor—by providing better training and higher wages—and building career ladders that give nursing assistants greater opportunities for professional growth.

Today, there are more than three million nursing assistants and an additional 1.1 million will be needed by 2018. It is nearly the largest occupational group and fastest-growing workforce in the nation, but also one of the most poorly paid. Many employers are now realizing that attracting a stable, quality workforce requires a different approach to workforce development.

"These employers are operating with a 'quality care through quality jobs' framework that truly values the contributions of all employees—especially the nursing assistant, who provides the lion's share of hands-on long-term care in this country," said Dana Bernard, RN and CEO of The Learning Oasis. The Learning Oasis has teamed up with the Vallejo Regional Career Center and local employers in the Vallejo area to offer nursing assistant training that will not only help fill the workforce gap but also provide training with a learner-centered approach. These programs are designed to provide fast-paced training to prepare students for the healthcare workforce. Programs are conveniently offered with schedules designed for busy adults. Students will experience a hands-on training experience at a local healthcare facility.

To introduce these new training opportunities, the Vallejo Regional Career Center is hosting an open house on Thursday August 15th at 6:30 pm to allow prospective students interested in these new training programs to find out more. The open house is available to anyone looking to learn more about opportunities in healthcare careers, inquire about pre-requisites, (most programs require 18 years + and a high school diploma or equivalent), financial obligations and to ask questions and get answers. Register by visiting the Vallejo Regional Career Center website.

About The Learning Oasis

What We Do
The Learning Oasis provides career resources, education and guidance for women. We do this through a combination of private funding and grants. We believe each woman has a unique set of strengths that when focused upon will allow them to be the most fulfilled and satisfied with life and work.

Why We Do It
At The Learning Oasis, we understand and have lived the same challenges that women encounter in life and work. We care about women and want our clients to know that they are not alone. Why struggle when we can provide guidance to get past roadblocks.

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