Signature Leaders Lead Industry Becoming Certified Nursing Assistants
Louisville, Ky. – March 7, 2018 – In 2011, executives at Signature HealthCARE were the first in the nation to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Now, the movement’s momentum grows with six Signature leaders earning their certification in January 2018 and gaining a firsthand perspective into the frontlines of care.
Certified Nursing Assistants are the backbone of Signature’s mission making up the largest single group of stakeholders. Signature was the first in the industry to turn hierarchy on its head and empower executives and home office leaders to complete the Long-Term Care Nursing Assistant Certification program.
On the other side of their training, the group emerged with a profound appreciation for CNAs and the skill, heart and dedication demanded in daily tasks, outside of the office environment in health administration.
“It was one of the most important and rewarding experiences I have had as a health care professional. Anyone who works in an administrative role in health care should become a CNA,” Betsy Wade, Signature’s Chief Compliance Officer, said.
The road to earning state certification began in November when stakeholders started studying online through Kentucky Community and Technical College System in Maysville, Kentucky.
After spending days in intensive labs and clinical training at Signature HealthCARE of South Louisville, the group reflected on the day and tried to summarize it one word. “All I could muster was tears. For me, a single word could not adequately summarize the experience. The words that came to mind were humbled, service, compassion, and gratitude. I was able to see firsthand how hard our CNAs work and how important their jobs are. They are our front line,” Betsy Wade, said.
With baby boomers aging, life expectancy growing, and hospitals releasing patients to skilled-nursing or short-term rehabilitation, the need for Certified Nursing Assistants will continue to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2026 the need for nursing assistants will grow by 11 percent, faster than the average growth rate for most other occupations.
The roster of Signature stakeholders for this CNA class included: Michael Muldoon, Administrator-in-Training, Jason Armstrong, Administrator, Betsy Wade, Chief Compliance Officer, Sarah Hamilton, Director of Talent Acquisition/ University Relations, Hillary Bayens, Talent Sourcing Specialist, and Jermaine Edwards, Director of Talent Acquisition.