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BCH offers CNA scholarships, jobs
February 19, 2018
Boundary Community Hospital is offering several scholarships for the spring Certified Nurse's Assistant class, and the scholarships each come with a job offer to work at BCH.

The deadline for applications is March 9.

To apply submit a letter with your application, available online here, telling why you want to become a CNA.

Applicants must be able to pass a background, drug and TB test. Classes start March 27 and run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 17.

Boundary Community Hospital offer excellent wages, with an hourly $11.72 base, $1.25 per diem and shift differential pay. Those who undergo the training and qualify must be able to work 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and/or 2 to 10:30 p.m.

BCH is an Equal Opportunity employer.

Even if you're not planning to work at BCH, there are many advantages for both men and women as Certified Nursing Assistants.

“They are the back-bone of the healthcare system,” instructor Tracey Maas said.

A CNA has a wide-range of employment options, including hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, outpatient medical and surgical offices, hospices, respite care, group homes and in schools, to name just a few, working with children, the elderly and with any age in-between.

For instance, many elderly people want to stay in their own home, but need some assistance with daily living. Often a CNA is qualified to offer that needed care.

Many times indirect care like housekeeping and running errands are part of the CNA’s job. On the other end of the age spectrum, children with long-term problems and needs can receive good care in the comfort of their homes with assistance from a CNA.

Often CNAs decide that they want to further their education in the healthcare field and go back to school for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) degree. In many nursing programs, CNA certification is an educational requirement for becoming an LPN or RN.

Boundary Community Hospital employs nearly 40 CNAs as full-time, part-time and per diem employees. Some have worked at BCH for many years, others are recent graduates of the CNA class.

To find out more about the Boundary Community Hospital CNA program, offered in association with North Idaho College, visit the website link above or call RN/Instructor Tracey Maas at (208) 267-3141, extension 4312.
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