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Creston caregiver completes preceptor training

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 10:39 a.m. CDT

JOPLIN, Mo. — Paulyette Wright, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center recently graduated from the National Association of Health Care Assistants’ (NAHCA) certified preceptor course. The multi-media program, written and delivered by NAHCA, provides instruction and coaching to ensure the CNA student understands how to effectively mentor and train new nursing assistants entering the profession of caregiving to the frail and elderly.

By completing the course, exercises and final exam, Wright has demonstrated that she has the knowledge and tools needed to reduce CNA turnover, integrating them into her “training process” and therefore building the most consistent and stable team of professional caregivers at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center. Studies consistently demonstrate the immediate and hard cost of one CNA position turning over is $3,000 minimum; the NAHCA certified preceptor course will assist in reducing turnover and building a consistent caregiving team to focus on quality resident care.

“We are always very pleased that CNAs invest the time to learn how they can positively influence new nursing assistants and help them succeed,” said NAHCA Senior Vice President of Membership Services Jeff Carter. “It also demonstrates the desire of the long-term care provider, Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, to invest in their staff to provide the best care possible. Ultimately, the frail and elderly benefit greatly with a consistent and skilled team of CNAs to provide what is often life sustaining care.”

Since completing the eight module NAHCA certified preceptor course, Wright will be functioning in the role of preceptor, orienting and training newly-hired nursing assistants, focusing on their success in delivering quality care at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center.

The mission of the NAHCA is to elevate the professional standing and performance of certified nursing assistants through recognition, motivation, education and development. NAHCA has a membership of more than 36,000 caregivers working in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

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