May 15th, 2015
Yesterday we had a skills lab for 6 new employees here at Central Penn Nursing Care. The skills lab is a helpful tool for employees to brush up on some pre-existing skills and learn a few new things before going into a home to care for one of our clients. Here at CPNC, we hire people who have hands on experience already or those who are in school for a related field. We hand pick people based on their level of experience to attend the class. Sometimes it is a refresher course, but everyone learns something to take away.
Peg Hamm is one of our RN Supervisors who teaches the class. She is a wealth of knowledge who also has a knack for teaching. We devised a curriculum for the lab that teaches caregivers to make an occupied bed, proper transfers, how to handle a catheter, change Depends™, administer personal care etc. It is a three hour class that moves quickly and gets new caregivers ready for the field.
At the end of the class the caregivers receive a certificate of completion signed by Peg and our President Eleanor Strayer. We also keep in touch with the caregivers to make sure they are applying those new skills out in the field and are here for them if they ever have any questions. We are on call 24/7 if any question or problem arises while our caregivers are out in the field caring for our clients.