FAST, CONVENIENT, FLEXIBLE CLASS SCHEDULING, LOW STUDENT-TO-INSTRUCTOR RATIO, CNA INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE AND AVAILABILITY SINCE 2006.
(and maneuvering the long process of approval in Colorado...I hope to be teaching my first class there sometime between 09/2014 and 03/2015. Yes, between the process of getting approved and then getting established there can take that long!)
(Most recent MT-NATP survey/approval date: 03/06/2013)
(MT-approved Feeding Assistant, Med Aide and Med Aide testing programs, also)
I am a resident of Miles City since 1992 (of MT since 1988). As a former assisted living RN/administrator and an independent trainer/tester for MT CNAs since 2006, I have many satisfied students who have passed the MT exam the first time; students who put out the effort to study and practice hard will master the knowledge and skills, pass the class and then be eligible for State testing. I have been blessed with many quality students from all over the state of MT and beyond. The Miles City lab is fast-paced and condensed with theory online and lab/clinical over a long weekend by popular demand (NOTE: lab/clinical scheduling in associated facilities varies.)
The majority of my nursing experience is in long-term care and areas very applicable to this specialty (as is my 12yrs of being a stay-at-home Mom). I began as a nurse aide at 16yo, progressing to LPN, and graduating from the University of Utah with a BSN (RN). In my opinion, the most rewarding work in nursing is that often delegated to CNAs.
Both of my daughters were CNAs, one in Australia and New Zealand and the other, a graduate of MCC Nursing and working for Altru (affiliated with Mayo Clinic) in Grand Forks, ND. My Dad had been providing NA care for my totally dependent Mom for ~20 years, 24/7/365, one awesome man!* The fall I started college, my Mom was diagnosed with MS 2 wks after informing me that a former very special MS patient in my care (and whom Dad and Mom helped me take on outings) died of a bowel impaction (totally preventable with good NA care). As a family, we all value and think everyone should have the experience of this kind of work. The day-to-day cares delegated to CNAs are the most noble and have the GREATEST impact on individual's lives and health.
*Dad passed away 9/5/11, and Mom is adjusting (trying) to a nice LTCF with her new kitty less than 2mi from her youngest son & family (My little brother & family are doing a great job!).
support > Senior Bash, Erin's Hope Project, 4H, SE MT Fair, PLUNGE, FUN2U, Head Start, Smile Savers,
Milwaukee Park & Bill Matthews Recreation projects, Lewis&Clark
Days, CC Art Center, Farmer's Market, July 4th Parade amongst other
CURRENT PRESIDENT of RANGE RIDERS (MUSEUM) REPS
Sheep Mountain near Jeffrey City (Home on the Range), between Lander and Muddy Gap