Sept. 15, 2005
Nurse aides are one of the top ten most needed professionals in the nation and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, is ready to help fill that void. HACC will hold a free Nurse Aide Job and Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HACC Penn Center 3, 349 Wiconisco Street, Harrisburg.

Both nurse aides and those people interested in learning more about becoming a nurse aide as well as those entering other healthcare areas will benefit from visiting the Job and Career Fair. More than 20 employers representing long-term care, assisted living, hospitals, home health and hospice will be on hand to discuss full-time and part-time work opportunities. Also, attendees can explore HACC's 13-day Nurse Aide Certification Program and talk with representatives who will be available to discuss the educational requirements needed to work in this field.

"A job as a nurse aide is very rewarding for those people who truly care about people," explained Kathie Zimmerman, RN, director of nurse aide training. "It also is a good opportunity to gain experience in the healthcare field for anyone interested in continuing their education."

As a member of the healthcare team, a nurse aide provides direct hands on patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. The nurse aide cares for a variety of patients in hospital and long term care settings. He or she must be able to assist patients with activities, such as bathing, walking, feeding, and taking vital signs.

HACC prepares students for this role in its 13-day Nurse Aide Competency Based Training Program. Once a student completes the program, he or she is qualified to take the state competency exam. Passing the exam is required before someone can work as a nurse aide. Once competency is established the aide's name goes on the Pa. State Registry. If an aide acquires a job in a long term care facility, the fee for the training is entirely reimbursed to the student. This does not apply if the aide goes to work in a hospital or homecare agency.

For more information, or if you are an employer interested in participating in the Nurse Aide Job and Career Fair, contact HACC at (717) 221-1352.

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