Austin nursing home highlights CNA training program

AUSTIN, M.N. - “They help with brushing hair, brushing teeth, getting residents dressed, bathing bedmaking,” Comforcare Clinical Learning and Development Specialist Randy Huls said. “These are things that we sometimes take for granted. CNAs and nurses make a great impact on patients.”

Huls said what sets it apart from CNA programs at traditional schools is that Good Samaritan pays for the training and the students receive an hourly wage while they learn. Good Samaritan also pays for students to take the state exam.

“It just takes a really strong person,” said CNA Felicia Howie. “The first thing you need to do when you walk through the doors is make sure you come with a positive attitude. Make sure you come to work happy, because if you come to work crabby, not only does it affect your day, but it affects our residents.”

“They help me get up, they help me to the bathroom, they help me get dressed,” said resident Ann O’Connor. “They never argue with me, well, I never argue with them. They are so good, they are really, really caring.”

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