FINDING A GOOD NURSING ASSISTANT SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA
As the life expectancy increases and the elderly population continues to grow, so does the job opportunities for allied health professionals, especially nursing assistants. Also referred to as Nurse Aides in Pennsylvania, these individuals provide much of the basic care to patients and residents of nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assistant living centers and hospitals. Careers in this field are expected to grow at very fast rates throughout the next decade, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 21 percent growth rate for nursing assistant job opportunities.
Training for a career as a Nurse Aide begins in nursing assistant school where students learn the fundamentals of the career. “Students enrolled in the Jolie Nurse Aide program will learn basic nursing skills, first aid and earn their CPR certification,” Regional Director of Education Lynette Trovitch said. “Students also spend a great deal of time studying for their Nurse Aide certification exam.”
Qualities of a Good Nursing Assistant School
Although all nursing assistant schools in Pennsylvania are required to meet certain educational requirements, it is the quality of the instruction and class formats that set some nursing assistant schools apart from the rest. At the Jolie nursing assistant school, for example, small class sizes ensure that every student gets plenty of one-one-one attention throughout the program, both in the classroom and in their clinical work. This level of individualized instruction ensures that all students will graduate from the program with confidence, knowing that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the field.
Also important, is the level of hands-on experience the nursing assistant school provides its students. “Our program is 120 hours, with 65 hours spent in the classroom and lab and the remaining 55 hours spent at an outside clinical site,” Trovitch said. “Students have commented that the laboratory training room has really prepared them for their clinical work, as they’re already used to operating a hospital bed, for example. It makes the experience much less intimidating.”
To make it easier for both day and evening students to complete their externship hours, Jolie also provides students with the ability to complete their hours at a time of day that works best for them. “Most nursing assistant schools only offer daytime hours at their externship sites, making it difficult for evening students to complete their programs,” Trovitch said. “If a student needs to complete their clinical work in the evening, they have the option to do so.”
Other qualities of good nursing assistant schools include training by experienced instructors and job search assistance as students approach graduation.