Walz announces a new initiative to train and hire care assistants

NS. PAUL – governor Tim Walz plans to train around 1,000 new certified nursing assistants in long-term care facilities by the end of next month.

Walz announced on Monday a new partnership between the state government, colleges and long-term care providers to recruit, train and deploy new CNAs to help long-term care facilities with staff shortages.

Our goal is to train 1,000 CNAs within two months to strengthen staffing levels and provide necessary care to Minnesota patients during our COVID-19 response. In addition, through this training program, we can help ensure that the nursing staff remain stable even after years.

Qualified Minnesotans are enrolled in certification courses at locations throughout the state of Minnesota.

Currently, sixteen colleges in the Minnesota state system train approximately 400 National Guard members to serve as temporary emergency nursing assistants.

Walz says statewide enrollment shows over 11,500 students are enrolled in CNA programs between 2017 and 2020, with only 5,100 completing a CNA certification. He says helping these students complete their program will increase the number of students seeking CNA certification, which is vital to the state.

The Walz administration plans to use $ 3.5 million from the federal rescue plan to fund the CNA program.

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