There is a shortage of certified nursing assistants in Rhode Island. If you are looking for an entry-level position in nursing, you can consider a career as a CNA. You will provide basic care services (mostly non-medical) for patients. In order to work as a CNA, you will need to receive training through a state accredited program and then past the state certification exam for CNAs. Check below for a list of free training programs:
You can often receive free training from local healthcare facilities (primarily long-term care facilities and other nursing care providers). The training will provide you with hands on opportunities to train. It will generally be necessary to sign a contracting agreeing to work for the healthcare facility for some time after receiving certification.
Sometimes a nursing care facility will offer training to individuals living in the immediate area or will open up to training programs for which you can apply. In some cases, the programs are free without requiring you to work for that particular facility. You might be able to find a free training program with terms such as these at a time when there is a shortage of nursing assistants throughout the state.
You can probably access free training if you are receiving welfare benefits. If it is determined that you will do well upon receiving nursing assistant certification, you might very well be offered tuition assistance. It does not hurt to ask for assistance if you want to improve your financial situation by training to become a CNA.
Check with local community colleges in your area to find nursing assistant training programs. You should always check with the financial aid department of any colleges with such programs in order to find potential free training options. There might very well be grants or scholarships available to you to help you pay for CNA training at a community or technical college.
The Adult Skills Training Program
Rhode Island has a state funded grant similar to the workforce investment act that tries to retrain people who have become redundant or who lack the necessary skills to get an in demand job. To be eligible you must be from a low income household and be willing to get trained in a new career. For more info call: 333-7283
The Rhode Island Job Corps
The Job corps in Exeter offers free career health training to qualifying individuals. Their programs last from 8 months to 2 years and you are required to stay at the center while learning. To find out more information on enrollment and their career programs you can call them on (800) 733-JOBS.
One of our readers has commented below that the following nursing homes currently offer free training:
1) St Antione’s Resdience through Family Resource Center in Woonsocket
2) Grand Islander in Newport.
The Grand Islander Center’s free program will start on November 7th 2011. To apply, you must go to their facility in 333 Green End Ave., Middletown on October 20th at 2:00pm. They do not accept applicants via phone. You must go their and get interviewed in person if you are to have a chance at qualifying for the program. You must have a sincere desire to help elders and provide care. This will be carefully examined in the interviews that will be carried out.
Thanks “KA” for the tip.
Other Nursing homes in Rhode island that might offer CNA training for free
Note: These nursing homes DO NOT directly provide free training but are however a good resource if you’re looking for nursing homes that may be near your area. It is a good idea to get in touch with those facilities that have active CNA vacancies. They are more likely to hire you as a trainee.
Alpine Nursing Home Inc – P O Box 457 Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
Avalon Nursing Home Inc. – 57 Stokes Street Warwick, Rhode Island 02889
Ballou Home For The Aged – 60 Mendon Road Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Bannister House Inc – 135 Dodge Street Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Bayberry Commons Inc – 181 Davis Drive Pascoag, Rhode Island 02859
Evergreen House Health Center – 1 Evergreen Drive East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Forest Farm Health Care Ctr – 193 Forest Avenue Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Grace Barker Nursing Center Inc – 54 Barker Ave Warren, Rhode Island 02885
Heberts Nursing Home Inc – 180 Log Road Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917
Holiday Retirement Home Inc – 30 Sayles Hill Road Manville, Rhode Island 02838
Jeanne Jugan Residence – 964 Main Street Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860
Kent Regency – 660 Commonwealth Avenue Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
Laurel Healthcare Center – 51 Laurel Avenue Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
Roberts Health Centre Inc – 990 Ten Rod Road North Kingstown, Rhode Island 02852
Scallop Shell Nurs & Rehab Ctr – 981 Kingstown Road Peace Dale, Rhode Island 02879
Scandinavian Home Inc – 1811 Broad Street Cranston, Rhode Island 02905
Shady Acres Inc – 415 Gardner Road West Kingston, Rhode Island 02892
Silver Creek Manor – 7 Creek Lane Bristol, Rhode Island 02809