Creating Solutions Through Education
Posted on September 01, 2017
As Baby Boomers age and the demand for senior care and housing increases, the nation is facing a senior health care worker shortage.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and resident aides is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024 in Minnesota. Similar projections are also predicted for registered nursing positions, with an anticipated growth rate of 16 percent. Nationally, demand for nursing assistants and resident aides to provide support to residents will continue to increase.
Committed to our mission of supporting independence, dignity and quality of life for the aging, Northfield Retirement Community is combating the reality of the health care worker shortage by developing unique employment programs and providing professional development opportunities.
Preparing Our Workforce
Reaching Local Youth
Through an educational partnership with North eld Public Schools, NRC engages local youth in early workforce exploration in health care fields with an aging population. During their junior and senior years, Northfield High School students have the opportunity to take a nursing assistant training course held at NRC, where they receive training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at no cost. This unique educational experience, made possible by funding from a LeadingAge Minnesota grant, includes benefits like hands-on instruction and regular meetings with mentors. Upon course completion and passing the required test at the end of training, students receive certification and are able to pursue employment as a CNA at NRC. Youth are introduced to the eld early and have the ability to develop their skills in a supportive work environment that encourages individualized learning.
Training and Educational Opportunities
NRC makes training easily accessible to those who wish to start working at NRC as well as current employees. From a first-year mentoring program to free certification trainings and tuition reimbursement for employees for approved courses, NRC supports professional development by offering opportunities that enhance the skills needed for launching and continuing meaningful careers.
NRC President and CEO Kyle Nordine says, “We are dedicated to shaping the future of our industry and developing a workforce that is equipped to provide the best possible care.”
This story is from the September 2017 issue of Northfield Retirement Community's newsletter, NRC Insights. Read the full issue here.