UC Health and CityLink launch new training program for patient care assistants

As the job market continues to rebound from the pandemic, one area that is seeing a strong need for filled positions is healthcare. A potential solution to help fill the jobs gap can be found at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care in Hartwell. A group of newly hired patient care assistants can be found learning and continuing their training on the job. The Patient Care Assistant program is a new collaboration with UC Health and CityLink. CityLink program director Dani Watkins told WLWT that the idea for the program came from seeing a continued need for healthcare workers emerging from the pandemic. “So COVID took everybody out,” Watkins explained. “And we’ve seen a lot of devastation with our client population that we serve. It’s an opportunity to not only rebuild and rebuild families and rebuild lives, but it’s an opportunity to really think about the future. and the training programs that we can have like this that bring people to a living wage and able to take care of their families. That’s a big deal. And that’s what we are. session with the opportunity to earn certifications. Upon graduation, individuals are guaranteed a full-time offer to work as a patient care assistant at the Drake Center. In addition to formal education and training, collaboration with CityLink opens enrollees to a world of support services, including transportation, childcare and financial wealth management, vital signs, moving patients, assisting patients with needs and suffering hold patients’ families. “They are huge, aren’t they?” Valerie Hoagland-Scarfpin, UC Health assistant vice president, talent acquisition, emphasized the importance of patient care assistants. “Because if we don’t have them, that means work still needs to be done. Right? And so having them there to complement the work of this character, I can’t stress enough that they are there to reassure those patients. . Being there for the patients and their families. Not having them means we can’t be as responsive as we need to be. big PCA engaged with this patient reassures them that at their most vulnerable moment, they get support from the patient.” On August 19, 15 people graduated from the inaugural Patient Care Assistant program. On Monday, the cohort began their field training at the Drake Center. One of the new PCAs is Myeisha Steele. “It feels really good now that I’m going to work,” Steele said. “I will be able to support my family better,” Steele said. The next class in the Patient Care Assistant program is scheduled to start Nov. 14 and will accept up to ten adults for the cohort. To learn more about program eligibility and CityLink offers, click here.

As the job market continues to rebound from the pandemic, one area that is seeing a strong need for filled positions is healthcare.

A potential solution to help fill the jobs gap can be found at the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care in Hartwell. A group of newly hired patient care assistants are learning and continuing their on-the-job training.

The Patient Care Assistant program is a new collaboration with UC Health and CityLink. CityLink program director Dani Watkins told WLWT that the idea for the program came from seeing a continued need for healthcare workers emerging from the pandemic.

“So COVID took everybody out,” Watkins explained. “And we’ve seen a lot of devastation with our client population that we serve. It’s an opportunity to not only rebuild and rebuild families and rebuild lives, but it’s an opportunity to really think about the future. and the training programs that we can have like that that get people on the way to decent wages and being able to take care of their families. That’s a big deal. And that’s what we all are.”

The Patient Care Assistant program offers a free three-week basic education and training session with the opportunity to earn certifications. Upon graduation, individuals are guaranteed a full-time offer to work as a patient care assistant at the Drake Center. In addition to formal education and training, working with CityLink opens enrollees to a world of support services, including transportation, childcare and financial wealth management.

For context, a patient care assistant is someone who assists registered nurses with important tasks such as checking vital signs, moving patients, assisting patients with needs, and supporting patient families. .

“They are huge, aren’t they? Valerie Hoagland-Scarfpin, UC Health assistant vice president, talent acquisition, emphasized the importance of patient care assistants. “Because if we don’t have them, that means work still needs to be done. Right? And so having them there to complement the work of this character, I can’t stress enough that they are there to reassure these patients. . Being there for the patients and their families. Not having them means that we cannot be as responsive as we need to be. a large PCA engaged with this patient reassures them on the that at their most vulnerable moment, they get support from the patient.”

On August 19, 15 people graduated from the inaugural Patient Care Assistant program. On Monday, the cohort began their field training at the Drake Center.

One of the new PCAs is Myeisha Steele.

“It feels really good now that I’m going to work,” Steele said. “I will be able to support my family better,” Steele said.

The next class in the Patient Care Assistant program is scheduled to begin Nov. 14 and will accept up to ten adults for the cohort.

To learn more about program eligibility and CityLink offers, click here.

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