One of the implementation questions we are often asked is about classroom location. Many skilled nursing facilities, especially those facilities at capacity, do not have adequate space to house a classroom for their CNA training class. If you understand the value of bringing CNA training in house, but find yourself in one of these situations, don’t think that a lack of space is a reason not to proceed. Instead, consider the following options:
Offer a Hybrid Course. Many states allow CNA Edge to be delivered in a hybrid mode, meaning students come to class for the first day of training for orientation and receive their login information, but complete most of the coursework online on their own time. You, of course, would determine the schedule and ensure students stay on track with the coursework – just as you would do with an instructor-led program – and students would come into your facility once a week for skills instruction. With this model, you would only need to secure space in your facility for the once a week skills instruction. Some customers make good use of a meeting room or activity room for this. If space is extremely limited, you could break up your class into smaller groups and work in an office.
Partner with a High School. High schools often have space available, particularly after school hours, and are willing to establish an agreement with you allowing your facility to offer instructor-led CNA Edge training classes in their building. Furthermore, a relationship with a high school means you may be able to recruit juniors and seniors for your CNA training course. Becoming a CNA during high school could be just the ticket students need on their journey into other health professions.
Community Buildings. There are so many options within each community, sometimes it just takes thinking creatively or making a few phone calls. Churches, community centers, libraries, and even Goodwill or the Salvation Army may be willing to lease available space to you on a short-term basis. Having a CNA training class outside of your facility provides a great opportunity for you to extend your reach and show that you are contributing to your local community. While Straightaway may not have feet on the ground in your locale, we are more than happy to put our Googling skills to good use and make a few phone calls to help you find space to offer your CNA training class – just as we have done for numerous clients.
Yes, space limitations in your facility are a legitimate concern. As they say though, where there is a will, there is a way – and Straightaway is here to help you figure out the best solution to finding space in your community to host your CNA training class.