Nurse Assistant
Training Program
ONLINE Information Session

Keene Program: Thursday, December 3rd at 12:00pm OR 7:00pm

Lebanon Program: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 12:00pm OR 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 12:00pm OR 6:00pm

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Program Overview:

Do you enjoy helping people, learning, and working with a team? Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Cheshire Medical Center (D-H CMC), in collaboration with River Valley Community College (RVCC), are offering Nurse Assistant Training Programs in Lebanon at the RVCC Lebanon Academic Center, and in Keene at D-H CMC. You will learn entry-level nursing skills, how to be a valuable and adaptable employee, communication for the healthcare professional, how to care for people and be empathetic, along with teamwork and a diversity of skills for the workplace.

Up to eight (8) individuals will be selected and hired by D-H Lebanon to become Nursing Assistants working in our Lebanon area inpatient units.  Additional cohorts will select up to four (4) individuals to be hired by D-H CMC to become Nursing Assistants working in our Keene area units.  The training program is taught using a combination of classroom instruction, skills lab, and clinical training. If selected there is no cost to participate in the training. Upon completion of the program and obtaining your Nurse Assistant license, you will be offered a full-time Licensed Nurse Assistant position.

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Attributes of a Successful Licensed Nurse Assistant:

  • Enjoys working with people
  • Effective communicator
  • Open-minded
  • Team player
  • Proactive
  • Thoughtful & compassionate
  • Helpful
  • Engaged
  • Courteous & Respectful
  • Acts with dignity & integrity

The Role of a Licensed Nurse Assistant:

Licensed Nurse Assistants (LNAs) are the heart of medicine, a compassionate touch, and foundation of the care teams that provide care to our patients. The role of an LNA is fast-paced, interesting, and patient safety guides every interaction. LNAs work under the guidance of registered nurses and other medical workers. Much of an LNAs work is spent directly with patients. LNAs:

  • Obtain and record patient vital signs, temperature, pulse, height, weight and blood pressure, intakes and outputs
  • Document in patient’s electronic medical record
  • Assists the RN – tasks delegated by their direct care RN
  • Assist other LNAs with designated assignments
  • Assist with discharges/admissions
  • Keeps room/unit clean
  • Provide exceptional patient experience and care

Program Timelines:

Lebanon Fall Program 2020
Online Information Sessions December 9th
12:00p – 1:00p
6:00p – 7:00p
February 3rd
12:00p – 1:00p
6:00p – 7:00p
Interviews December 14 th & 15th February 9th & 10th
Program Enrollment December 18th February 12th
D-H Pre-employment screening December 21st– January 9th February 15th – February 26th
Classroom/Skills Training/Clinical Training January 19th – February 22nd March 1st – April 5th
Job Shadowing Dates February 3rd & 4th March 17th & 18th
NH State Competency Exam February 23rd April 6th
Anticipated Start Date March 22nd May 3rd

*Dates/times subject to change

Keene Winter Program 2021
Online Information Sessions December 3rd
Interviews December 7th & 8th, 2020
Program Enrollment December 15th, 2020
Pre-employment Screenings December 11th – December 31st, 2020
Classroom/Skills Training/Clinical Training January 11th – February 25th , 2021
Job Shadowing Dates TBD
NH Competency State Competency Exam February 26th, 2021
First Day of Work March 22nd (based on licensing)

*Dates/times subject to change

Spotlight on a current LNA:

Meet Laura:

Laura is a current Licensed Nurse Assistant working at D-H.

“I began my journey in the summer of 2019.  I was coming from nearly a 13-year career as a Special Education teacher.  During my time as a teacher, I was fortunate to take some time away and have my fraternal twin boys.  It was during that difficult time of having my boys’ 8-weeks prematurely and spending time on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that changed me.  The care that the nursing staff provided my family and me was invaluable.  Our nurses showed compassion, they were happy, friendly and provided us with a smile every day.  I knew then that the nursing career pathway was one I wanted to follow so I too could give back to other families the way they did to us.  When I saw the advertisement for the Nurse Assistant Training Program through Dartmouth-Hitchcock, I knew that this opportunity was meant for me.  With support of my family and a strong desire to emulate the care I received from the NICU staff, I knew the timing was right.  This training has given me the opportunity to build a career in healthcare and a pathway into nursing.  The staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock were a welcome cheerleader to my journey.  They were there every step of the way to help and support me in becoming a successful LNA.  The training was able to provide with the foundation in building a rewarding career.  I get to come to work and do a job that I know impacts patients in a positive way knowing I have a community of support and collegial appreciation for my work.  The environment allows me to be the compassionate touch, a friendly smile, and helping hand to someone in need.  I will not lie; some days are harder than others are, especially when a patient’s health takes a turn for the worse.  That said, knowing that I have helped someone in one of their most vulnerable times, by providing them a little ray of sunshine, is worth it all!  My advice to someone looking to get into the LNA field would be to take the leap!  This is one career where the rewards are endless!”

Documents to bring to the information session:

  • Valid government issued photo I.D. (e.g. license, passport, etc)
  • Current resume