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August 4, 2013
Times-Republican

Marshalltown caregivers complete preceptor training

JOPLIN, MO. - Malinda Lutes, Sandra Hegele, Alanna Miller, Heather Schwarz and Rebecca Thompson certified nursing assistants at Villa del Sol (a skilled nursing institution in Marshalltown), recently graduated from NAHCA's Certified Preceptor course. The multi-media program, written and delivered by NAHCA, the National Association of Health Care Assistants, provides instruction and coaching to ensure the CNA student understands how to effectively mentor and train new nursing assistants entering the profession of caregiving to the frail and elderly.

By completing the course, exercises and a final exam, they have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and tools needed to reduce CNA turnover, integrating them into their "training process" and therefore building the most consistent and stable team of professional caregivers at Villa del Sol. Studies consistently demonstrate the immediate and hard cost of one CNA position turning over is $3,000 minimum; the NAHCA Certified Preceptor course will assist in reducing turnover and building a consistent caregiving team to focus on quality resident care.

Since completing the intensive eight-module NAHCA Certified Preceptor course, Malinda, Sandra, Alanna, Heather and Rebecca will be functioning in the role of preceptor, orienting and training newly hired nursing assistants, focusing on their success in delivering quality care at Villa del Sol.

Manpower hiring for harvest seasonal work

Manpower is hiring 30 to 40 individuals for general labor positions for harvest seasonal work in the Tama/Toledo area. Job candidates should be available to work seven days a week, be able to work at various positions and be willing to learn new skills.

Jobs will be starting in late August/early September and those seeking employment should contact Manpower at 641-753-3117 or email marshalltown.ia@manpower.com for details on upcoming job fairs and how to apply.

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