“Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses.
We must be learning all of our lives.”
~ Florence Nightengale
On Friday, September 1st, Cabrini of Westchester celebrated a second group of Nursing Assistant Apprentices as they completed five weeks of training to become Certified Nursing Assistants! In February 2023, we began partnering with the 1199 NationalFund to bring a Nursing Assistant Apprentice Program to Cabrini. This allowed us to bring on eleven additional staff members that received training through a grant initiated by the 1199 National Benefit Fund who contracted with Westchester Community College. All of the eleven staff remain employed full time and all but one are now certified nursing assistants in New York State! The remaining Nursing Assistant Apprentice who has not yet passed the CNA exam will have up to three chances to pass.
The second group of ten began their training in June 2023, and seven now remain employed on a full-time basis. They will take the nursing assistant exam this month. This addition to our workforce has helped tremendously to ensure we have the staff necessary to care for our resident population. The success of this collaboration with 1199 and Westchester Community College has allowed us to achieve staffing goals and we are currently offering training to a third group of Nursing Assistant Apprentices.
This third group began on September 11th as we welcomed sixteen new staff members to Cabrini of Westchester. A fourth group is anticipated to start in late October. There are also plans to include clients of Cabrini Immigrant Services in the fourth class!
Many thanks to 1199 SEIU, 1199 National Benefit Fund and SUNY Westchester Community College for being wonderful partners and for making this Cabrini CNA Apprenticeship Program possible.