Wrangell – As part of a continued effort by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) to cultivate from the local workforce, Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) will host a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program beginning on January 19. The course is led by Registered Nurse and state-certified CNA Training Instructor Katrina Ottesen, and consists of classroom instruction, on-the-floor clinical training, and preparation for state certification. Participants in the program will receive paid training time and an opportunity for WMC employment upon course completion and successful certification.
“CNA’s are crucial to hospital and long-term care operations, providing hands-on care to our patients and residents,” said SEARHC Vice President and WMC Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. “By providing a qualified, in-person training program in-house, we can offer rewarding careers to community members in addition to decreasing our dependence on traveling CNA’s. Our goal continues to be 100% local CNA staffing.”
The training program consists of five-weeks of classroom instruction along with 48-hours of clinical training under the guidance of Ottesen. This will be the third CNA training program offered by WMC, with the first class in the fall of 2019 producing a half dozen graduates who continue to be employed by SEARHC.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply online at searhc.org/careers no later than Friday, January 15. Contact WMC Human Resources at 907.874.7101 for more information.