Springfield healthcare system looking to train nursing assistants

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — CoxHealth is looking to train a new group of nursing assistants in a paid six-week program.

“These individuals are so important, they’re really the backbone of our care team because they are caring for our patients, doing a lot, helping them with activities of daily living, helping them with mobility, seating, taking vital signs,” said Gina Ellerbee, assistant director for nursing education at CoxHealth.

A nursing assistant position means unlicensed assistant personnel.

Every year around this time, a group of students is graduating from nursing school, and they need new applicants to fill their positions.

Ellerbee said often times the nursing assistant will be the one spending more time with the patient than the nurses themselves.

So oftentimes they will pick up on important things to communicate to the nurse.

She also says this is a great way to get your foot in the door if you’re planning on pursuing a career in healthcare.

They help you with your resume, interview skills and hands-on experience.

“They’re able to get started and get training,” Ellerbee said, “and then take advantage of a lot of the benefits that we have here such as tuition reimbursement, and assistance if they want to go on and get additional education, it’s a great place to be. We help them figure out what do you want to do next?

Applications for the program are due by Dec. 23 and can be completed online at CoxHealth’s website.

Participants will be hired as CoxHealth employees while they train and will have the chance to apply for open positions once the program is complete.

The program will begin in January.

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