Between hiring a new administrator and offering a free nurse aide training program, Southwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Liberty Healthcare are working to provide patients the quality care they need.
According to Joan Garvey, FNP, nurse aide program coordinator, Liberty Healthcare is now offering a nurse aide training program free of charge to individuals who are able to pass Liberty’s application process.
This four-week North Carolina state approved training program is full time, and requires enrollees to commit to attending all classroom, laboratory and clinical sessions. Upon completion of the program and passing the North Carolina State Certification exam, Garvey explained, candidates will be eligible to come work at Liberty Healthcare as part of the CNA team.
“Our CNA training program is helping provide quality people to take care of the residents in our community,” Kaia Collins-Frye, new administrator, said.
Those interested in benefiting from the program, and have an interest in working in the healthcare industry, must have a high school diploma or GED, government issued photo ID and Social Security card, clean, current criminal background check, ability to pass a mandatory pre-enrollment drug screen, commit to a fast-paced, four week full-time training program and be reliable and caring.
Collins-Frye began working at the local healthcare center in February and is excited about the opportunity to work in Clinton and with Garvey on the new program.
“This profession is something that draws you to it,” Collins-Frye said. “You have to have passion in order to work with the patients.”
Growing up, Collins-Frye’s father was in the military so the family traveled around quite a bit. The family finally settled in the Fayetteville area, where she lives with her husband and children today.
With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fayetteville State University, Collins-Frye said she has worked in the healthcare industry and decided she wanted to pursue other opportunities and become a healthcare facility administrator.
A 31-week training program at Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Advance allowed her to train with Liberty Healthcare.
“The position in Clinton came available by chance,” Collins-Frye said. “I knew I wanted to come to an area like Clinton, where you have that small-town feel. I love being around areas where everyone knows everyone.”
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