One tenet of professionalism is a commitment to continuing to learn and grow within your field of interest so that your performance and conduct meet or exceed the standards of practice for your profession.  The long term care system in constantly evolving because of an enhanced understanding of those we care for on a daily basis as well as best practices, regulatory changes, and organizational changes.  NAHCA is committed to providing our members the very best educational resource to help them stay at the top of our profession.

The following is a list of educational resources that we have developed to meet the diverse needs of our members and to provide the best possible learning experience:

The NAHCA Virtual Campus of Care (NVCC):

NVCC is a distance learning platform that allows our members to drive their own learning experience.  It enables them to learn at their convenience, anywhere, anytime and on any device.  NVCC content is organized into five major categories: Clinical, General, Required, Exclusive and Elective Education.

The purpose of Clinical Education is to build on the fundamentals that each CNA received from their initial certification or licensure.  The content within the category of General Education is intended to help in the development of skills such as communication, team building and problem solving.  Required Education is our effort to help our members better understand the Federal Regulations that impact their scope of practice, as well as the requirements for education that help them stay in good standing for their recertification.  Exclusive Education houses some of our most prestigious course content.  Members who have demonstrated genuine commitment to their growth are assigned these courses.  The Elective Education category is available for members who wish to take an active role in course selection.  NAHCA’s leadership carefully considered our members as they developed each course and current feedback says we have succeeded in creating relevant and meaningful education.   

Professional Development Coaching:

This is a unique feature of membership.  Some members of the NAHCA team serve as Professional Development Coaches (PDCs).  They are selected based upon their depth of experience within the long term care system and service as CNAs.  As PDCs, they work to guide our members toward desired outcomes like helping to decrease turnover.  They also coach individual members on matters of personal and professional growth. 

The Geriatric Care Specialist (GCS) Course:

This ten-module course of study is dynamic and enhances the clinical knowledge and competency of those who complete it.  The GCS course starts with an in-depth look at Anatomy and Physiology and concludes with the Survey and Regulatory Process.  The comprehensive exam at the end of the course reinforces how well the member understood the content and that they attained a level of mastery.

The Certified Preceptor Course:

One of the most challenging issues in long term care is the high rate of turnover.  The majority of turnover occurs in the first 90 days of employment.  CNAs have a great potential to help decrease turnover by serving as a teacher, mentor and coach for the newest members of our profession.  This eight-module course is designed to equip our members with the tools necessary to serve as a bridge to help get the new staff through that critical phase of initial employment.

NAHCA’s Annual Conference:

Each year, the Association hosts the nation’s premiere gathering of CNAs, STLNAs, PCAs and other caregivers with similar scopes of practice.  Annual Conference provides 12 to 16 hours of education for all attendees, fantastic networking opportunities that allow folks to share best practices and culminates with the prestigious Key to Quality Awards Banquet where our members are recognized for the noble and humanitarian service they render to those they care for on a daily basis.

The CNA Code of Ethics and Federal Regulations Handbook:

This handbook was created to educate our members related to our strongly-held belief in a code of ethics that drives our conduct and performance.  A section on regulations was added because our members were being held responsible for complying with regulations that they had not necessarily been educated on during their certification course.  This section is accompanied by examples of how the F-Tag might be observed.

MyCareGiver Magazine:

Four times a year we publish this wonderful magazine.  The articles are authored by our staff and guest contributors.  The articles are written in relatable language and are intended to be an enjoyable read.  Each issue focuses on topics that are current and relevant.  A section of the magazine is also dedicated to recognizing excellence in the field through the column “The Scoop.”  MyCareGiver is primarily distributed electronically.  A limited number of copies are also printed for select distribution.

The Edge E-Newsletter:

News you can use that comes right into your email inbox.  This monthly periodical covers both the immediate and emerging issue with in our profession.  Our Steering Commission, staff and guest contributors strive to provide the news you need to be your very best.  The Edge also highlights caregivers who are doing exceptional work.

“Ask Lori Anything”:

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lori Porter, presents 10 to 20 minute video segments based upon questions she receives from our members.  These videos are intended to educate and entertain the viewer.  Lori is one of the most sought after speakers in long term care.  Watch one segment and see why.  You are definitely going to want to watch each new segment.  “Ask Lori Anything” is released every month.   

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