ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – Lisa Handy is taking everything she has learned as a nurse over the past 28 years and passing it on to others in the field of nursing through the program she started called Xcellerated Nurse Aide Training.
“The need for CNAs in nursing homes, hospitals, facilities, doctor’s offices is so badly needed right now,” said Handy, an LVN and owner-instructor of Xcellerated Nurse Aide Training.
The program costs $700 and lasts 13 days or 17 nights. Students are then eligible to take the state board to become certified health care aides. The program consists of 60 hours in class and 40 hours in the clinic.
“I loved doing the clinics, having that experience at the care center, interacting with those patients and giving them the best care they deserve. They are our elders and we need to give them the best care,” Itzel Gonzalez said. , a former student of the program.
It’s a lot of work in a short time, but students get the hands-on experience they need.
“We’re trying different things, going through the procedures step by step and seeing how we’re supposed to do them, that’s been really helpful,” said Krozbi Baker, a current student in the program.
Baker said the hard work during the fast-paced class was worth it in the end.
“Do it, as scary as that first step may seem, you’re going to be extremely happy with the results and I think you should just go for it, really, that’s all there is to it. Just jump in,” Baker said.
You can find more information on how to register for the course here.
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