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    Published on November 18, 2015

    Forrest General Hospital hosts open house for the Allied Training Center and announces new program

    Hattiesburg, Miss. (November 18, 2015)– On Tuesday, November 17, Forrest General Hospital hosted an open house for its Allied Training Center. The property at 2508 Adeline was renovated into the Forrest Health Allied Training Center in an effort to accommodate the addition of a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program. The renovation of this space provides a classroom area and a 2-bed skills lab where health care professionals in the CNA Training Program can learn valuable skills needed at the bedside.

    “We are excited to open the doors on our training facility to those interested in furthering their education in the healthcare field. Having seen many remarkable changes at Forrest General over my years of service, I am proud to see such growth for the betterment of our community,” said Ora Shaheed, MS, RNC, CNAA, systems chief clinical operations officer and systems chief nursing officer.

    In October, Forrest General received approval from the Mississippi Department of Health to become a Certified Nurse Aide Training Center; the program is the first of its kind for Forrest General.

    “This allows us to bring students in as employees to train and teach them our culture and the We C.A.R.E. philosophy from the start,” said Laura Shank, RN, MSN, CEN, director of education for Forrest General. Shank continued, “Students benefit by being employed while they complete their training and testing.”

    The program consists of three and half weeks of lecture, video, and skills training. Once students have completed the training program, they apply to the state for a date to take a didactic test and a skills test. Passing of both of these will allow them to carry the title of Certified Nurse Aide. In the future, Forrest Health will apply with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to become a testing center. This will allow CNA students to test at Forrest General rather than traveling to a testing center in other areas of the state.

    For more information on the Certified Nurse Aide Training Program at Forrest General, contact Forrest General’s Education Department at 601-288-2677 or fill out a contact form.

    Pictured, Left to right: Laura Shank, RN, MSN, CEN, director of education, and Ethel Payton, RN, MSN, program coordinator and clinical educator.


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