American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training – A Brief Summary of the Red Cross
The American Red Cross founded in 1881, in Washington D.C. and is one of America’s best known humanitarian organizations. Dedicated to helping those in need all over the nation, the American Red Cross also collaborates with Red Cross organizations around the world, providing much needed first aid, disaster relief, blood donation, health and safety training and education. As well as all this they also run various training programs, one of them being their CNA training program which they call their “Nurse Assistant” training program. Read on to find out more about it.
Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training – An Overview
The Red Cross have been training people for work in the nursing profession for over a century. Their nursing assistant program has been developed using input from a variety of experts including caregivers who already work in the industry, educators and nursing representatives from all over the U.S.
One of the program’s aims is to teach the students exceptional communication skills and the ability to give care with compassion and empathy. The Red Cross pride themselves on the quality of the CNAs that their program produces.
The program, which lasts between four and eight weeks, is delivered by three means – classroom theory and lectures (including role-playing), audio visual training aids and practical hand-on learning. The classrooms are all set up as you would find in a clinical setting – including hospital beds and medical equipment such as hoyer lifts, wheelchairs and scales. This is so useful for learning new skills before you get to try them out in a real life environment.
To enrol on a Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training program you must meet the following requirements:
- Attend an information session at your local Red Cross
- Possess and show, a High School diploma or GED, or take and pass a reading and maths test (TABE)
- You will need to pass a criminal background check
- You will be asked to complete a Red Cross physical form and take a TB test
These requirements are in addition to any specific state by state requirements.
The Red Cross Nursing Assistant program aims to produce CNAs that are ready to enter the profession working not just in nursing homes, but also hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation centres or in home healthcare. The program syllabus covers all the skills required to become a CNA such as basic medical skills, using medical equipment, how to provide personal care to patients, how to work as part of a team and so on. They also provide detailed training on:
- The Art of Caregiving
- Promoting Safety
- Special Care Instructions
- Making the move from student to employee
The program is broken down into two parts. The first part is the classroom part – the lectures, the practical demonstrations and practice. This prepare you for the second part of the program which takes place in a clinical setting in which you will work with patients in a real health care facility and gain valuable hands-on experience. You will really get to learn what it is going to be like working as a CNA.
Advantages of the Red Cross Training Programs
- Run by a world recognized organization
- A choice of almost 100 locations across the U.S.
- All instructors are licensed nurses with up to date professional experience
- Class sizes are kept small
American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Locations and Contact Details
The training programs vary in age requirements and fees from location to location. Contact your local Red Cross to find out specific details about the program in your area. Listed below you will find contact numbers for the regional Red Cross offices – and web addresses where found. If you cannot find a location near you please call the nationwide number for assistance.
Nationwide number for NAT enquiries 1-800-627-7000
Maryland information number 410-624-2060
Alabama (334) 260-3996
California (707) 577-7600 http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-francisco/take-a-class/certified-nurse-assistant-training
Connecticut 203-787-6722 http://www.redcross.org/ct/nursing-assistant
– Sarasota 813-348-4820
– St. Petersburg (727) 898-3111
– Jacksonville 904-358-8091
– Rockledge (321) 890-1002
Georgia 404-876-3302 http://www.redcross.org/ga/atlanta/directory-of-services/nurse-training
Hawaii 808-734-2101 http://www.redcross.org/hi/honolulu/take-a-class/nurse-assistant-training-program
Kentucky 502-589-4450 or 502-561-3771 http://www.redcross.org/ky/louisville/nat
Massachusetts (617) 274-5200 http://www.redcross.org/ma/boston/take-a-class/nurse-assistant-training
Michigan 810-232-1401 http://www.redcross.org/mi/detroit
Minnesota 612-871-7676 http://www.redcross.org/mn/minneapolis/local-programs/nat
North Carolina 704-376-1661 http://www.redcross.org/nc/charlotte/nurse-assistant-training-institute
New Hampshire 603-225-6697 http://www.redcross.org/nh/concord/take-a-class/nursing-assistant
Ohio 216-431-3010 http://www.redcross.org/oh/cleveland/local-programs/nurse-assistant
Pennsylvania (215) 299-4000 http://www.redcross.org/pa/philadelphia/local-classes/nursing-assistant-training
Tennessee 865-584-2999 http://www.redcross.org/tn/knoxville/local-programs/nursing-and-health-education
Virginia 703-584-8400 http://www.redcross.org/dc/washington/programs-services/nurse-assistant
Vermont 802-660-9130 http://www.redcross.org/vt/burlington/programs-and-services/nurse-assistant-training
Wisconsin 920-231-3590 http://www.redcross.org/wi/oshkosh/nat
Alternatively, you can fill out this form to be contacted by your local Red Cross
The American Red Cross are always looking for volunteers to help their efforts and you can find out more about that here. http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer