Job Title: Nursing Program Director
Type of Company: My company trains people to become home health aides, homemakers, and certified nursing assistants and provides them with certification.
Education: Licensed Practical Nurse, needing 2 more semesters for a BS in Nursing
Previous Experience: I was a staff nurse in an acute stabilization unit, worked for the Red Cross as a nursing instructor, and am now the Director of Nursing at an assisted living facility in Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Job Tasks: My job consists of training and teaching anyone over the age of 18 to enter into the fastest growing healthcare field. It is a fast-paced program, three weeks long, with a week of clinical experience in a local nursing home. After graduation, the students will take an American Red Cross state test to become certified nursing assistants. They will be able to work in assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, group homes and in private duty. These graduates are much in demand. At present, we have different recruiters coming into the classroom to speak about their open positions.
All students must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and be able to pass a comprehension test. Skills include an ability to take vital signs (blood pressure, temperatures, respiration, pulse), body mechanics, positioning and transfers, bed making, infection control, handwashing, communication and learning about 15 body systems and diseases, as well as food and nutrition, fluid balance, therapeutic diets, hospice care, death and dying, strict isolation and hot/cold pack applications are studied. Students learn about CVA/stroke, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis A,B, and C. High and low blood pressure, first aid and emergencies including the Heimlich Maneuver are included..
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is being able to help individuals achieve their goals in this career and establish confidence and self-esteem and seeing the progress students make from day one to day of graduation.
The worst part of the job is surmounting language barriers.
Job Tips: Study hard, apply yourself, be a team player and respectful of instructors, Program Director, and fellow students. Ask questions, be cooperative, reliable and have perfect attendance.
Additional Thoughts: The most important personal qualities for success in this career are honesty, dependability, moral ethics, confidentiality (Hippocratic oath), communication and taking the time to learn and study. A willingness to take constructive advice is very important in learning new skills and knowledge.
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