We've trained about 300 nursing assistants in the last ten years, with a state exam pass rate above 97%. With the aging of America, and Washington state, the need for nursing assistants is only going to grow. We're helping to meet that need by expanding our geographic reach and the kinds of training we offer.
USK, Wash. (PRWEB) January 10, 2008
Dimmitt, who has been a nurse for 34 years, established Pathways because she saw a need for more thorough nursing assistant education. She says, "Working with nursing assistants who had received the traditional training of 112 hours over three to six weeks, I realized they would provide better patient care if they received more training. I decided to do something about it."
Pathways, which provides 280 hours of training over nine weeks, more than twice the traditional 112 hours, prepares nursing assistants for work in the widest choice of employment settings. Unlike training available elsewhere in Washington, Pathways training qualifies nursing assistants to work in nearly all 50 states.
At Pathways, students are trained in personal care, ambulation, medication, CPR, first aid, restorative care for stroke victims, range of motion, transportation, and surgical prep. Upon receiving their certificate, they are fully prepared to begin work in long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, adult homes and private residences.
Pathways is expanding its reach to current and aspiring nursing assistants in locales outside Usk. Dimmitt is also planning a program to train community caregivers such as volunteers and patients' family members. In addition, Pathways is preparing a train-the-trainer program. Dimmitt says, "We've trained about 300 nursing assistants in the last ten years, with a state exam pass rate above 97%. With the aging of America, and Washington state, the need for nursing assistants is only going to grow. We're helping to meet that need by expanding our geographic reach and the kinds of training we offer."
Dimmitt earned her diploma in nursing at Spokane Community College and is a certified pharmacy technician. For more information about Pathways, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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