Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster’s nurse aid program partners with nursing homes in Lancaster County


by Jen Kulju for Eastern Mennonite University and available here

Ramsuze Pierre takes the blood pressure of a resident at Mennonite Home with oversight from Bernice Reynolds ‘21, director of the nurse aide training program at EMU Lancaster. (Photo by Jonathan Bush)

A stepping stone to success

Developing a dream

A new nurse aide (aka Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA) training program at EMU Lancaster is providing job opportunities for those interested in the entry-level nurse aide position while meeting the needs of the numerous nursing homes in Lancaster County and surrounding regions. The program is the brainchild of Mary Jensen, vice president for enrollment and strategic growth at EMU, who sought out a solution to the shifting healthcare needs in the pandemic-laden summer of 2021 while serving as associate provost of EMU Lancaster. “We had one of the first RN to BSN programs in the Lancaster region and had developed a reputation in healthcare. While it became apparent during COVID that workers were leaving healthcare, there were also people who still needed jobs and wanted to work in healthcare, but had to start at the ground.” […]

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