Classes for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) will begin on Sept. 20 in the education room of Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Cost of the class is $150, with the cost of tuition to be refunded if Wallowa County Health Care District hires the student. New CNAs are hired by the district on a regular bases.

The instructor will be B.J. Whitehead, a registered nurse who has taught the classes three times a year for seven years. Whitehead is program director for nursing assistant classes through the Wallowa Valley Care Center, and the program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

The intensive 72-hour course will be held from three to five days a week between Sept. 20 and Oct. 29, and include both classroom and hands-on clinical instruction.

CNAs work in a variety of medical areas including of obstetrics, critical care, medical/surgery, geriatric, home health and emergency room.

They perform at all level of patient care under the supervision of registered nurses. Their work includes daily care, monitoring vital signs, helping with procedures and stabilizing patients.

To sign up for the class or for more information, contact district personnel director Nancy Waters at 426-5313. Office hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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