Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group Nursing Center Offers Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

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In the past 30 years Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Duxbury, MA, has provided in-house nursing assistant courses to nearly 900 trainees.

Former CNA’s at Bay Path in Duxbury who continued their education in the healthcare field include; from L to R: Margaret Kelly, LPN; Sobie Soufan, LPN; and Kimberly Sullivan, RN, BSN.

“The exposure to actual nursing procedures and techniques gave me the confidence to continue my education and pursue a nursing degree,” says Sobie Soufan, LPN.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a vital role in personalized patient care, according to Marianne Welch-Martinez, administrator at Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and support the medical team in caring for residents. Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Duxbury, MA, offers a full time in-house two-week training program. Since its inception nearly 900 trainees have received classroom instruction on caregiving and how to appropriately document patient care. Upon successful completion of the course, students qualify to take the state competency exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Many of today’s nurses develop the skills, dedication and desire to care for others as CNAs at rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers. Several nursing assistants at Bay Path, a Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group nursing facility, who began their healthcare careers as CNAs, have used their training to successfully pursue nursing degrees. Sobie Soufan, LPN, an employee with Bay Path since 2008, is a model example. She completed the nursing facility’s in-house certified nursing assistant training before pursuing her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree from Southeastern Technical Institute Nursing Program in Easton, MA.

“Making a difference in someone’s life is why I became a nurse,” says Soufan, a licensed practical nurse at Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. “The exposure as a CNA to actual nursing procedures and techniques gave me the confidence to continue my education and pursue a nursing degree,” adds Soufan.

Enrolling in a Welch Group CNA Program can prepare an individual for an entry-level position in a skilled nursing facility, with the opportunity for growth. Current Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing staff members who also began their healthcare careers as CNAs and who have gone on to further their education and their careers include: Kimberly Sullivan, RN, BSN, a staff nurse who graduated from UMASS Dartmouth; and Margaret Kelly, LPN, a staff nurse who graduated from Quincy College.

This year Bay Path was included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Nursing Homes in America list, receiving a 5-star quality rating. In 2014, for the third year in a row, Bay Path received a deficiency-free survey from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Additionally, Bay Path is accredited by The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized symbol of quality that confirms Bay Path’s commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality healthcare. Nursing facilities are among the most heavily regulated care providers in the United States.

Bay Path Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a 120-bed skilled nursing center, providing high-level rehabilitative, medical, and nursing care on a short- or long-term basis. Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group, a family owned company celebrating over 65-years of quality service to seniors, owns and manages the Duxbury nursing center. To learn more visit: http://www.welchhrg.com

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