Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

The Positive Aspects of a Career as a Certified Nurse’s Aide in CA

Certified nursing assistants (CNA) work in a hospital, adult daycare facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes, or a private home.  Most CNA’s however work in hospitals providing assistance to registered nurses, RN’s and licensed practical nurses, LPN’s.  Almost all RN’s and LPN’s agree that CNA’s make their job easier by freeing them up for important tasks like administering medicine and performing necessary patient treatments.Certified Nurse's Aide CA

CNA certification is much quicker than the degree in nursing necessary to become either an RN or LPN.  There are some states that even approve online training for the class work necessary for a CNA certificate.  Getting certification can be done in as little 4 to 6 weeks.  To gain admission to a licensing facility applicants must be at least 18 and have either a high school diploma or GED.  Many local community colleges offer the classes and training needed to get a CNA certificate.

Being a CNA in many cases allow you to work when it best suits your schedule.  This can allow you to work only on weekends, and hold down another full time job during weekdays.   This can be especially attractive for someone who has children that aren’t yet in school.  They can avoid the costs of daycare, and provide care for their small children.

The satisfaction in being able to help another person is another positive aspect of being a CNA. There can be enormous satisfaction in using your skills to improve the life of another person.  In some cases the job can actually be fun if you are the caregiver for an active senior.  They may attend social gatherings, or play bingo once per week and you might find that you enjoy spending time in their social circles.

Being a CNA in a residential elder care facility can be challenging and rewarding at the same time.  Being in a position to touch and have an influence on several different people’s lives can be very satisfying and rewarding.  Being able to laugh and interact with seniors can give a person a feeling of being needed.  CNA’s must often provide some emotional support to their patients who have experienced an emotionally trying event. Making a difference in helping people cope with tragedy in their lives can also be very satisfying and emotionally rewarding.

Anticipating, or knowing that a patient needs some extra attention can provide a CNA with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.  Many seniors try to hide their emotions and vulnerabilities.  Once a CNA becomes familiar with the patients they can learn to look beyond the façade and tell how a patient is really coping.  Being able to see past the outer shell and discover the person inside can be a very satisfying, and emotionally rewarding accomplishment for a CNA.

Hillendale Home Care is currently accepting applications for our CNA School. Please call Hillendale Home Care at 925-933-8181 to apply or use our quick application e-form. 

Join Us for CNA Certification Training Nov 4- December 19, 2013

CNA/HHA Program DetailsCNA Training Classes

November 4 – December 19, 2013

The goals of Hillendale Home Care CNA training program are:

  • To prepare a student to take the California State CNA Certification Test following 7 weeks of instruction in theory and clinical training.
  • To prepare CNA trainees with the knowledge, skills and judgement to provide care under the direction of a RN, LVN and/or a licensed Physician.
  • To expand and enhance the educational career ladder opportunities in the field of nursing.
  • To instill a commitment to provide rehabilitation, restoration and maintenance of health.

28-Day CNA Training Program

Classroom Theory Training

(Minimum 60 hours total)

  • Monday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 4:30pm

Clinical Training

(18 days) (Minimum 100 hours total)

  • Monday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thursday 6:30am – 3:00pm

The first three weeks will consist of Theory, Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 4:30pm. The last four weeks will consist of Clincials, Monday – Thursday, 6:30am – 3:00pm.

Curriculum

We are in compliance with OBRA & Title 22 regulations to include in the curriculum:

  • Introduction to Nursing Assistant
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skill
  • Body Mechanics
  • Medical & Surgical Asepsis
  • Weights & Measures
  • Patient Care Skills
  • Patient Care Procedures
  • Vital Signs
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency Procedures & Safety
  • Care of the Long-Term Resident
  • Rehabilitative Nursing
  • Observation & Charting
  • Death & Dying

Registration Requirements

Enrollment Requirements:

  • All students will be required to complete FBI fingerprints within the first week of the program.
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Identification with Recent Picture (California Driver’s License, Military ID, Current Passport, etc.)
  • Physical Exam
  • Current T.B. Test
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $150.00

5-Day HHA Training Program

Hillendale’s Home health Aide Program provides 40 plus hours of intensive and enhanced training covering such topics as: Elder Abuse, Chain of Command, Communication, Home Safety, Infection Control in the home setting, Cultural Diversity, Food Prep and Handling and Safe Home maintenance procedures.
At our mandatory HHA orientation three independent study projects are assigned: Home Safety, Community Food Provider and Diet for a specific assigned ‘client’.  All of this prepares the qualified applicant to work safely and efficiently in the home setting under the auspices of Home Health or Hospice Agencies and many other types employment.
This advanced training is for those who already possess CNA Certification or those who have recently passed Hillendale’s CNA pre-certification program and may not yet be certified.  Upon satisfactory completion of this week long class (M-Friday) you will receive the HHA certificate designation from the State of California.

HHA Training Program

  • 5 Days On-Site Theory Training
  • 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • *Prerequisite: Completed CNA Course