CNA TRAINING PROGRAM
The role of a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) holds significant importance within a long-term care community. CNAs offer indispensable services to residents and their families, including various daily tasks that residents may be unable to perform or struggle to complete independently. This position demands physical exertion, as CNAs assist residents in moving to and from their beds, wheelchairs, and repositioning those who are bedridden. Moreover, CNAs provide fundamental nursing support to both nurses and the entire care team responsible for residents’ well-being.
Working as a CNA is a vital role that puts you on the front line, interacting directly with residents to monitor their health and promptly communicate any changes to the nursing staff. It’s an ideal position for anyone who finds satisfaction in serving others and is motivated to engage in meaningful, hardworking endeavors. As a CNA, every day you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, whether it’s through small gestures or significant responsibilities.
If accepted into the CNA Training Program:
- BHI Senior Living will fully sponsor the tuition of the program, which covers all materials and testing.
- Upon acceptance into the class, you will be employed as a full-time Nurse Aide at one of BHI’s communities, earning a rate of $17 per hour. Satisfactory completion of the training program is required to maintain your employment status.
- The training program consists of 105 hours, including 35 hours of classroom instruction followed by 75 clinical hours, as mandated by the state of Indiana.
- After completing the clinical portion, you are eligible to take the state certification exam, which must be passed within 120 days of completion. The exam is comprised of 100 written test questions and 4 randomly selected skills.
- Successfully passing the certification will lead to a promotion to CNA with a wage increase to $21 per hour. Although retesting opportunities will be provided, if necessary, our primary goal is for you to pass on your first attempt.
- Physical Examination & Drug Screening
- Mantoux (TB) skin test
- Background Check including criminal and OIG exclusions
- COVID vaccination in accordance with the CDC definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ or approved exemption
- Work Permit (if under 18)
- Signed Nursing Aide Training & Competency Evaluation Program Agreement
Amy Riegling started her career as a CNA at The Towne House. With the help of the BHI Foundation Scholarship Program, Amy earned both her LPN and RN degrees. Upon graduation, she was promoted to Charge Nurse and eventually In-service Director, where she enjoyed ten years in her role. In 2009, she began her role as the Director of Nursing. As the Director of Nursing, she returned to school to obtain her MBA with the BHI Foundation Scholarship Program. After completing her Administrator-in-Training program, she was promoted to the Director of Health Services. Amy now serves as the Executive Director of The Towne House and Prairie Landing.
Allison Van Tress
Allison Van Tress began her career at BHI as a receptionist at Hoosier Village in 2019. She was a Social Service Designee for over two years and then transferred to the Towne House to complete her Administrator in Training Program while she was a BHI Leadership Fellow. Allison then returned to Hoosier Village as the Human Resources Generalist.