Any information on Banner Good Samaritan in-house CNA program??

U.S.A. Arizona

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While I have the summer off from pre-nursing school, and while I'm waiting to be placed in the MCC Nursing Program (date stamped 20 Feb '09), I've applied for the In-House CNA Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. I was wondering if anyone out there has already been through this, and can give me any insights, tips, etc. as to what it is like and what you can expect. The HR person I spoke with told me that I will probably be interviewed sometime for it next week, and the next class group starts in July. Thanks!:)

Dannie78

78 Posts

I did not even know they offered one. I'll be taking mine at GCC in Fall and I'm curious to know more about the Good Sam one.

AZ_LPN_8_26_13

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I did not even know they offered one. I'll be taking mine at GCC in Fall and I'm curious to know more about the Good Sam one.

From what I understand, you have to already be an employee of Good Samaritan Medical Center, and you have to go through the HR department. You would end up transferring from your present job at Good Sam to working as a CNA there (hence the designation as "in-house") when you are finished with the schooling and certification. I believe that the actual classes are through Gateway CC. I'm still waiting to hear back for an interview, but I've got my app in for it - like any job working for Banner you must apply online first .........

nnicolee

159 Posts

Hi PCstudent2009,

I was wondering if you could give me more information on this program. Do you get your CNA certification from Good Samaritan? Or do you have to already have that certification?

AZ_LPN_8_26_13

462 Posts

Hi PCstudent2009,

I was wondering if you could give me more information on this program. Do you get your CNA certification from Good Samaritan? Or do you have to already have that certification?

To really get all the details, you'd have to speak to the Human Resources department there....... You actually get your Nursing Assistant certification from the State Board of Nursing, just as you would to get an LPN or an RN. To get that certification you must go through an approved classroom/clinical course which is offered by a AZBN approved CNA program at an educational institution that offers it, then pass a certification exam. I've been told that the in-house program at Good Sam is through Gateway Community College. I did some looking around online, and many other healthcare institutions/providers also offer similar programs - you didn't say if you are an employee of BGSMC - I think that's one of the requirements for this particular program. Many of them are through nursing homes and LTC (long-term care) facilities, if you don't mind taking that route, in exchange for a commitment to work there for a period of time.

My understanding is that the classes run like 8 to 10 weeks, but don't quote me on that one - like I mentioned earlier, I'm still waiting for a callback for an interview..... You'd go to class a couple of times a week, and then have a clinical component in the hospital once a week.

One good source of info is the Arizona State Board of Nursing website, as far as the requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant goes:

http://www.azbn.gov/

Specific link on the website pertaining to CNA AZBN approved programs with phone numbers:

http://www.azbn.gov/documents/education/NA%20Training%20Approved%20Programs%20List.06.09.pdf

AZ CNA Examination and Certification Requirements:

http://www.azbn.gov/documents/education/CNA%20Examination%20and%20Certification%20Requirements.pdf

AZ CNA Minimum Competencies:

http://www.azbn.gov/documents/education/CNA%20Competencies.pdf

AZ CNA Training Programs First-Time Pass Rates:

http://www.azbn.gov/documents/education/CNA%20Competencies.pdf

AZ_LPN_8_26_13

462 Posts

Just an update.... I was accepted on Friday 10 July to the CNA training program and will begin my training on 21 July. The course is given at the hospital, and lasts approx. ten weeks, with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus a clinical day but I don't remember off hand what day of the week that will be on. It's actually taught at the hospital by an instructor from one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. After the ten week course, and passing the exam, I will be a CNA at the hospital. I'm looking forward to actually getting some hands-on experience in patient care in a hospital setting while I'm waiting for placement in nursing school.....

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