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New nurse aide training program starting up

April 2, 2012
By DIANE SPEER - News Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News

In response to an identified local need at area health care facilities, two long-time clinical nursing educators have developed and received state certification for a new professional nurse aide training program.

Barbara Jacquemin, BSN, RN, and Beverly Kannowski, MSN, RN, recently established Healing Hands Training & Consulting, LLC to provide professional training to students interested in obtaining their nurse aide certification and becoming employable in a health care facility.

Both women bring many years of nursing experience to their new venture, including currently serving as clinical nurse educators at Alpena Community College. It was while they were providing ACC nursing students with clinical instruction last year at Tendercare Alpena that the two first were approached about the possibility of developing and offering a certified nurse aid training program.

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News Photo by Diane Speer
Barbara Jacquemin, BSN, RN, at left, and Beverly Kannowski, MSN, RN, demonstrate some of the skills students enrolled in their new nurse aide training program will be learning. The two have started a new business they are calling Healing Hands Training & Consulting, LLC.

"The two of us were doing our nursing clinicals at Tendercare Alpena last April," Jacquemin said. "Normally Tendercare trains their own nurse aides, but they couldn't keep up. Their educator said she wished we could help them, so we decided we probably could do it. We both really enjoy working with the elderly and doing clinicals."

Once their decision was made, it was followed by a good six to nine month's of work to complete the state requirements for starting their own proprietary school of instruction and to develop their curriculum.

Their first round of instruction, which can accommodate 16 students, will begin with an April 5 orientation and already is filled up. A second class is planned for June, with another seven students already indicating their intentions to take the training. A third class also may be offered later in the summer.

The 84-hour program is conducted over a 12-day period. Course work consists of 36.5 hours of theory, 23.5 hours of lab practice and 24 hours of experience in a clinical setting.

Those taking the course will learn how to provide basic nursing care to patients in a variety of settings such as home health care and long-term care facilities. After successful completion of the course, the students will be eligible to take the state-level Competency Evaluation Program that consists of a clinical skills test and a knowledge test.

Applicants interested in enrolling in the training course must meet the following criteria:

Classes will be offered throughout the year both full-time during the day and part-time in the evenings. Student tuition is $900 and includes the classroom instruction, clinical "hands-on" experience, instructor access and use of a textbook. Lab supplies will be an additional cost and state testing fees are not included. Federally certified nursing care facilities may provide direct payment or reimbursement for tuition and books.

Among skills the students will learn are basic personal care of patients such as oral hygiene, hair care and shaving, skin care and bathing. They also will learn about resident rights, infection control, taking of vital signs, meeting nutrition/hydration needs, restorative/rehabilitative care and a variety of other related topics.

Receiving the Competency Evaluation Program certification from the state is an important step for those seeking employment in the nurse aide field, both women said.

"There are plenty of statistics out there that certified nurse aides make more money than uncertified or just a nurse assistant," Kannowski said. "We're very excited to be offering this because it's been a long time coming."

Jacquemin brings over 30 years of nursing experience, is a skilled professional in both hospital and long-term care facilities, and has spent over 25 years as a clinical nurse educator for ACC. Kannowski's extensive background includes working professionally in healthcare for over 22 years in a variety of settings. She currently works for ACC teaching in theory class, lab and the clinical environment.

For more information or to register for the nurse aide training course, call Kannowski at 884-2605 or Jacquemin at 657-6314. Information also is available online at



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