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11/29/2012 12:14:00 PM
Regency Manor hosts CNA training
10 women have jobs waiting For them
CNA Schools of the NW Teacher, Maggie Steffy shows students Naomi Milliron, of Chelan and Elke Reiter, of Manson, how to properly roll an elderly patient using ‘Amanda’ a dummy.
CNA Schools of the NW Teacher, Maggie Steffy shows students Naomi Milliron, of Chelan and Elke Reiter, of Manson, how to properly roll an elderly patient using ‘Amanda’ a dummy.

Iona Adams, of Chelan, cared for her mother-in-law, Lillian Adams, before her death last summer. And the experience deeply moved Iona.

"Before she died, my mother-in-law said 'get out of your job and become a CNA'," Iona said.

On Friday, Iona and nine other students completed a CNA training course conducted at Regency Manor in Chelan and they all have jobs waiting for them as soon as they pass the required state exam.

"I love it here," Adams said about Regency Manor, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility. "Everyone is upbeat and the patients have a great sense of humor."

Ten women of different backgrounds who trained at Regency, all completed a three-week, fast-track course to become Certified Nurses Assistants through CNA Schools NW. At graduation on Friday, Nov. 16, all 10 students either had jobs or had jobs waiting for them in Chelan County.

R.N. Maggie Steffy, who has 40 years of nursing experience, led the first-ever CNA class at Regency Manor.

"Regency has been very gracious and they have been very good teachers," said Steffy, of Liberty Lake. "And they will benefit, too."

Regency Manor hired five of the last 10 nurses' assistants trained by CNA Schools Northwest, she said.

"They already have jobs lined up," she said. "There's a real need for this. It's enjoyable to teach these classes in outlying areas. These students want to be here. They want jobs. They are fun to teach."

Lexi Lieurance, administrator at Regency Manor, said the most financially efficient way to offer people employment is by hosting the program in-house.

"This program educates local community members in a profession that can offer them year-round employment," Lieurance said.

As the students progress through the course, leaders at Regency Manor had the opportunity to hand-select a crew for their own facility.

Five of the 10 graduates were offered jobs at Regency Manor. The other five students are already placed in other area facilities.

Regency Manor committed to hire students Naomi Milliron of Chelan, Elka Reiter of Manson, Stephanie Ringo of Entiat, and Elizabeth Snelson of Wenatchee.

Dawn Ingersoll of Wenatchee, is among the other graduating students.

Ingersoll said caring for her grandmother, Lois Lewis, until she died just a few months before her 100th birthday, was what motivated her.

"I really like to take care for people," Ingersoll said. After passing the state exam, Ingersoll will work at Beneficial In-Home Care in East Wenatchee.

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