Reward Yourself: How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

How rewarding is your career?

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to change things up, it’s important to find something that keeps you motivated. You want a job that provides stability and offers the opportunity for advancement. And everyone deserves a career that makes them smile!

We just happen to know of a career that wraps all those things up into one, easily-obtainable package. Becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) means you can have a real impact on people’s lives. 

In this article, we’ll give you the scoop on how to become a CNA and why you need to do it now! 

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

CNAs are what make a nursing home run smoothly. They tackle the day-to-day needs of the residents. 

As a CNA, you’ll help residents take care of themselves by providing physical and emotional assistance. Typical duties include helping residents move around their rooms and the living center. This often includes bringing them to and from activities and therapy sessions. 

You’ll also help deliver meals, feed those who can’t feed themselves, and record daily food intakes. Many residents need help with basic hygiene, so you’ll help with bathing, brushing teeth, and brushing hair. You may also be in charge of preparing rooms for new admissions and resupplying the rooms of current residents. 

Plus, you’ll be there to answer resident questions and respond when they need help. It’s your job to make their days easier and more comfortable. 

Why YOU Should Consider Becoming One

There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping those in need. The nursing home residents depend on CNAs to help them live fuller lives. That makes your job one of the most important jobs on the planet!

You’ll get to see people recover from injuries and cheer them on as they reach their goals. You’ll hear about their lives, their children, their grandchildren. And you’ll learn to love the people you care for. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience!

Plus, there’s always a need for CNAs, so the job stability is second-to-none. And there’s plenty of room to move up in the field. 

Many CNAs continue their education and get a higher nursing degree. Working as a CNA gives you the real-world experience that other nursing candidates may not have. Plus, you’ll receive a full list of benefits including health insurance, dental insurance, and scholarships. 

Here’s How…

The best part about starting a career as a CNA is that it’s not a difficult field to get into. Start by enrolling in an approved nursing assistant course at a 2-year technical college. Alexandria Technical and Community College and Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Wadena are two local options. 

Programs like these will usually require a background check and tuberculosis skin test before you start. And you must be over the age of 16 with a valid ID card. The course takes about 84 hours to complete and will give you everything you need to become a successful CNA. 

At the end of the course, you’ll take your certification exam. The exam consists of a written exam with multiple-choice questions. This is followed by a skills exam where you’ll demonstrate the CNA skills you’ve learned in the training program. 

Another option is to take a test out challenge. This involves taking the test without completing the course beforehand. You’ll be able to review a handbook prior to the exam and take a practice exam online before you take the actual exam. 

Ready for a Rewarding Career? Become a CNA

Becoming a certified nursing assistant is one of the most rewarding decisions you can make. You’ll find that being a CNA offers you the job stability and growth potential you’re looking for. And you’ll have the opportunity to help others in the process. It’s a win-win scenario!

At St. William’s Living Center, we care about our employees. Visit our Career Page to learn more about all the opportunities available for your next career!

Mental Health Worker Part Time Day Shift

–Mental Health Worker Part Time Day Shift

Our Mental Health Workers are responsible for assisting residents who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled with their daily activities of living.

Requirements: No experience necessary, will train. Individual must also pass a state required background study.

Benefits of a Mental Health Worker include:

  • Vacation and sick time start accruing on your first day of employment.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for health insurance if they average 30 hours per week. This benefit has very affordable premiums and is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • After 6 months of employment if you average 20 hours per week, St. William’s Living Center will contribute the equivalent of 3.5% of the employee’s gross wages into a 401k account. Employee contribution not required.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for dental insurance if they average 20 hours per week. This benefit is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • Scholarships available after 6 months of employment for employees looking to further their careers.
  • After 6 months of employment, employees who average 20 hours of work per week will provided a $25,000 life insurance policy. This is fully paid for by the employer.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for voluntary benefits; such as: disability, accident, life, cancer, critical illness, and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

Questions? Contact Lola at 218.338.6403 or lola@stwilliamslivingcenter.com

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LPN or RN Part Time Overnight Shift

–LPN or RN Part Time Overnight Shift

Our nurses are responsible for the administration of general care of our residents as detailed in each resident’s individualized care plan. We are currently looking for a part time overnight shift (10:30pm-7am) LPN or RN. There is an every 3rd weekend, every other holiday commitment with this position. Come to work for an organization that values both its employees and its residents.

Requirements: Current registration as State of Minnesota LPN or RN and current CPR certification. Individual must also pass a state required background study.

Benefits of a LPN/RN include:

  • Vacation and sick time start accruing on your first day of employment.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for health insurance if they average 30 hours per week. This benefit has very affordable premiums and is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • After 6 months of employment if you average 20 hours per week, St. William’s Living Center will contribute the equivalent of 3.5% of the employee’s gross wages into a 401k account. Employee contribution not required.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for dental insurance if they average 20 hours per week. This benefit is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • Scholarships available after 6 months of employment for employees looking to further their careers.
  • After 6 months of employment, employees who average 20 hours of work per week will provided a $25,000 life insurance policy. This is fully paid for by the employer.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for voluntary benefits; such as: disability, accident, life, cancer, critical illness, and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

Questions? Contact Carly at 218.338.1020 or carly@stwilliamslivingcenter.com

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Certified Nursing Assistant Part Time & Full Time Evening Shift

–Certified Nursing Assistant Part Time & Full Time Evening Shift

Our Certified Nursing Assistants are responsible for assisting residents with Activities of Daily Living through daily nursing care as described in each Resident’s Plan of Care. Both part time and full time positions are available. Come to work for an organization that values both its employees and its resident.

Requirements: Individual must be on the State of Minnesota’s Nursing Assistant Registry, or registered to take the course (contact us for more information on this option). Individual must also pass a state required background study.

Benefits of a CNA include:

  • Vacation and sick time start accruing on your first day of employment.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for health insurance if they average 30 hours per week. This benefit has very affordable premiums and is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • After 6 months of employment if you average 20 hours per week, St. William’s Living Center will contribute the equivalent of 3.5% of the employee’s gross wages into a 401k account. Employee contribution not required.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for dental insurance if they average 20 hours per week. This benefit is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  • Scholarships available after 6 months of employment for employees looking to further their careers.
  • After 6 months of employment, employees who average 20 hours of work per week will provided a $25,000 life insurance policy. This is fully paid for by the employer.
  • After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for voluntary benefits; such as: disability, accident, life, cancer, critical illness, and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

Questions? Contact Carly at 218.338.1020 or carly@stwilliamslivingcenter.com

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Dietary Aide Part Time Evening Shift

Current Openings:

–Dietary Aide Part Time Evening Shift

Our Dietary Aides are responsible for assisting with dietary functions, such as: setting up tables, serving meals according to tray cards detailing modified diets and fluid restrictions, washing dishes, and putting dishes away, among other dietary tasks.

Requirements: This position requires the ability to work effectively as a team and independently. Must be detail oriented, have strong time management and multitasking skills, and be well organized. Individual must also pass a state required background study.

Benefits of a Dietary Aide include:

  •         Vacation and sick time start accruing on your first day of employment.
  •         After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for health insurance if they average 30 hours per week. This benefit has very affordable premiums and is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  •         After 6 months of employment if you average 20 hours per week, St. William’s Living Center will contribute the equivalent of 3.5% of the employee’s gross wages into a 401k account. Employee contribution not required.
  •         After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for dental insurance if they average 20 hours per week. This benefit is partially paid for by St. William’s Living Center.
  •         Scholarships available after 6 months of employment for employees looking to further their careers.
  •         After 6 months of employment, employees who average 20 hours of work per week will provide a $25,000 Life Insurance Policy. This is fully paid for by the employer.
  •         After the first 2 months of employment, employees are eligible for voluntary benefits; such as: disability, accident, life, cancer, critical illness, and hospital confinement indemnity insurance.

Questions? Contact Carly at 218.338.1020 or carly@stwilliamslivingcenter.com

Apply Now