Local health and science agencies have partnered to offer youth in the area an opportunity to get into healthcare while still in school.
Good Samaritan Society-St. James, St. James public high school and High-STEP Health Science Academy have partnered to offer local high school students a nursing assistant course.
The course, which began in early 2017, includes online and real-time onsite skills training conducted by a Good Samaritan Society-St. James professional nursing instructor.
I feel that introducing, educating and providing real-life experiences in the health care profession is important for students who may be starting to think about their future careers." — Dena Gress, administrator.
A learning lab has been established at the St. James Armstrong elementary school; equipped with skills training manikins, hospital beds, and other related training equipment.
"We are beyond grateful for this innovative partnership and opportunity to grow future caregivers in Minnesota," says Dena.
In April and continuing through May, students will have an opportunity to spend three full shifts working alongside nursing care professionals at Good Samaritan Society-St. James.
Students' time will be spent learning and assisting in caring for post-acute guests or long-term care residents.
After the course, participants will be able to take Minnesota's nursing assistant certification test, and upon successful completion, become a certified nursing assistant in Minnesota.
Contact us to learn more about this program and other opportunities.