In February 2021, NextStep received approval from the Washington Department of Health to launch its innovative Nursing Assistant training-to-placement program in Washington state. NextStep's blended-learning program provides a rewarding CNA career opportunity to displaced workers who have been left behind by traditional training models and meets long-term care providers' critical staffing needs.
The blended-learning Nursing Assistant training includes three elements: the digital course, divided into skills and delivered online or via mobile app; the practice lab, covering physical skills required to pass the state CNA exam; and a 16-hour clinical job shadowing experience.
NextStep's Nursing Assistant program is one of the most rigorous in the industry.
We partnered with over 70 respected long-term care providers in the United States.
We reach learners left behind by traditional training.
NextStep provides displaced workers an opportunity to start a new, rewarding CNA career.
Avamere is excited to grow their business partnership with NextStep in the state of Washington to assist our senior care communities with the critical need for compassionate certified nursing assistants. Our mission is to enhance the lives of everyone we serve, including our dedicated team members. We look forward to welcoming our first NextStep CNAs beginning in early 2021.
— Avamere Senior Director of Talent Acquisition Lisa Marie May
Demand for skilled nursing assistants is poised to continue growing, even after the pandemic subsides. The current administration’s support of innovative approaches to developing workers in health care benefits residents through high-quality career options and care teams. In Colorado, we have shown the value our blended-learning nursing assistant training and job placement program delivers. We are excited to bring this program to Washington.
— NextStep CEO Chris Hedrick
Washington has been at the forefront in addressing the challenges of this pandemic, particularly related to the virus, education and employment. Trained healthcare workers are a vital resource, and their value is particularly evident this year as they deliver compassionate care on the front lines. Being able to offer quality training in a way that is no-cost to the student and facilitates job placement is a great option for our state.
— Washington Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck