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Gritman’s Health Education Programs Develop Areas CNAs, Registered Nurses, Clinical Staff

Expanding the pool of clinical staff at Gritman Medical Center starts in a health education classroom on our hospital’s second floor.

Aspiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), recently graduated Registered Nurses and others all converge on the Education Department Classroom before training with patients. Education Department team members Arika Jensen, Hollie Mooney and Sara Hohnholz administer the CNA program, Registered Nurse Residency Program and an employee orientation program for CNAs, RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses and Medical Assistants.

Jensen said the CNA program in particular has been a popular starting point for people entering the medical field, particularly Gritman employees who start out in food services or environmental services and want to grow their career. The eight-week, hospital-based program ends in Idaho CNA certification.

Our educators are led by Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Candice Allen, who is focused on further igniting a passion for health care among students who go through the program.

“We can inspire new generations to find a calling in caring for others,” she said, “and reignite the passion in experienced clinical staff through focused education that replenishes their spirit.”

Pictured at top: (Left to right) Education Coordinator Arika Jensen and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Candice Allen are part of the team that educates clinical teams at Gritman.