At a ceremony held on June 21st, five NewCourtland certified nursing assistants (CNAs) received their Memory Care Specialist certification through NewCourtland’s Ladder of Opportunity program. These individuals joined the first four graduates who completed the program in the spring.
The program allows any employee to “climb the ladder” of the nursing profession, whether they’re a nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) or MSN (master of science in nursing). Through the program, each employee receives either internal training or scholarships to continue their nursing career, and expand their nursing skill set. Since launching the program, more than 500 employees have taken advantage.
“We’re happy to further the education of our employees,” said Mary Austin, Vice President of Health Services at NewCourtland. “This program enables them to expand their knowledge of the nursing field and makes them better caregivers for the people that we serve every day. We are proud to have employees that are committed to their education, and to have the ability to facilitate that education through our Ladder of Opportunity program.”
The Memory Care Specialist certification is the newest addition to the Ladder. This certification, run in conjunction with the national Alzheimer’s Association’s essentiALZ program, provides caregivers with the essential skills and knowledge needed to provide the care specific to treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
This is another step in NewCourtland’s dedication to offering services supporting seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In September, NewCourtland’s Germantown Home unveiled its Memory Support Program, specifically designed and staffed to best serve patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia.