CAP GIRARDEAU, Missouri (KFVS) – Nursing facilities in Heartland are experiencing a shortage of certified practical nurses.
The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center is looking to staff CNA classrooms with individuals who wish to embark on a career in health care.
Abbie Greenwood is a Health Professions Instructor at the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau.
She said healthcare facilities were constantly contacting her, looking for nursing aides.
“Ask where they are in the program, when I expect them to finish, because they are very anxious to get NACs,” she said.
The high school certification course is free and always full, but they struggle to get mature students to enroll in the program.
“We see virtually no registrations. “
CLC director Libby Guilliams said there were plenty of jobs available for graduates; and due to the COVID-19 waiver currently in place, students are now on the fast track to graduation.
“Our students finished quite early, our high school students. Each of them got an internship or a job before they even finished high school, ”said Guilliams.
Lutheran Home manager Melody Harpur said she was always on the lookout for new, qualified hires.
“We’re just trying to be flexible about our pay and our hours,” she said. “Trying to be more competitive with our salaries.”
And with the availability of jobs at an all time high, becoming a certified nursing assistant could be one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare.
“There will always be people who need a retirement home. And that will be their permanent home for their last days. And we can’t close, we are a 24 hour operation.
Training to become a CNA can take 6 to 12 weeks. The price of a typical program is around $ 1,000.
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