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CNA Career Ladder

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are a crucial part of the work we do here at Clark-Lindsey. We understand that our CNAs know the residents best and provide invaluable care and services. The role of the CNA is SO important that we've developed a Career Ladder to provide further opportunties for growth, career development and earning potential. You're never "just a CNA" at Clark-Lindsey.

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Career Ladder Positions

 

Peer Mentor:

Be a friend to our newest team members. Mentors help ensure a successful transition for new team members by checking in and providing support and encouragement during the first 6 months of employment. Eligibility: Must be a CNA in good standing for at least 3 months. Education: 6 hours total (TWO 3-hour classes)

Responsibilities: Participate in the initial portion of CLUB 102 to meet your new mentee. Connect with your mentee twice per week for their first two weeks of employment. Maintain a weekly in person connection from week 3-8. Continue to stay connected with your mentee twice per month for the remainder of the 4-month period, once in person and once via phone or virtually. Record and submit connections with your mentee on a Connection Card. Attend 1-hour continuing education and check in meetings every other month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential:$300 per mentee. paid in increments based on the retention of the new team member Notes/Scheduling: Meeting with your mentee is flexible based on your and your mentee's availability.

Minimum 1-year commitment to the program.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Mentors: Robin Farkas (RN), Lauren Bilbo (RN), Megan Byers, Patience Avorkliya, Nicole Preston, Gina Acierto, Pam Grant, Jessica Adams, Nina Gulzcynski, Pam Likens, Shannon Kamphaus, Rhonda Lyon, Revel Honnold, Rhonda Hardin, Kelli Cooper, Regina Younis

 

Orientation Specialist:

Orient new team members to Meadowbrook! Provide education.support and guidance as you show these newest team members the ins-and-outs of working on their unit. Eligibility: Must be a peer mentor in good standing for at least 3 months. Comfort and willingness to work on any unit. Education: 9 hours total (THREE 3-hour classes). Some homework to be completed outside of class. If you are already a Skills Specialist and have been through that training in the past year. only 6 hours of training (TWO 3-hour class) is required.

Responsibilities: Maintain role as a regularly assigned CNA. Complete a training checklist with your orientee during their first few shifts. Ensure the new team member is progressing well and feeling confident to be on their own. Participate in a conference with the DON and the new team member before signing off on the completion of the new team member's orientation. Continue to be a support system to newer team members as they acclimate to their new assignments. Be able to provide a meaningful informational tour to new team members. clinical students, and other relevant visitors. Attend 1- hour continuing education and check in meetings every other month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential: Receive an increase in pay of $1.00 more per hour while orienting new team members Notes/Scheduling: Orientation Specialists can also be a Mentor and Skills Specialist simultaneously.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Orientation Specialists: Patience Avorkliya, Nicole Preston, Gina Acierto, Jessica Adams, Rhonda Lyon, Regina Younis

 

Skills Specialist:

The Skills Specialist supports other CNAs by leading lift training, competency checks and assisting with Skills Days.  The Skills Specialist will become an expert on skills within the CNA Scope of Practice and helps new aides become proficient in these skills. Eligibility: Must be a Peer Mentor in good standing for at least 3 months Education: 9 hours total (THREE 3-hour classes). Some homework to be completed outside of class. If you are already a Orientation Specialist. and have been through that training in the past year. only 6 hours of training (TWO 3- hour class) is required.

Responsibilities: Lead various trainings for new and existing team members which can include managing proper set up and storage of supplies and equipment. room set up. managing the sign off and making sure hours are documented, preparing materials. and assisting with Skills Days. Be able to provide a meaningful informational tour to new team members. clinical students. and other relevant visitors. Attend 1-hour continuing education and check in meetings every other month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential: Receive an increase in pay of $2.00 more per hour when leading any training .

Notes/Scheduling: Skills Specialists can also be a Mentor and Orientation Specialist simultaneously. Training opportunities are first come first serve.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Skills Specialists: Patience Avorkliya, Nicole Preston, Pam Grant, Jessica Adams, Shannon Kamphaus, Rhonda Lyon

Admissions Specialist:

First impressions are very important! The Admissions Specialist will be the first point of contact for new residents. We are looking for someone that is enthusiastic and embodies the core values of Clark-Lindsey! Eligibility: Must be a Skills Specialist OR Orientation Specialist in good standing for at least 3 months Education: 12 hours total (FOUR 3-hour classes). Some homework to be completed outside of class.

Responsibilities: Maintain role as a regularly assigned CNA. Maintain frequent communication with the social services for arrival dates and timing of new admissions. Ensure the room is ready prior to the resident's arrival. Assist with taking weights and vitals during initial contact with the resident. Provide a tour to both guests and residents of the facility campus including but not limited to: the laundry room. activity locations. therapy gym and dining areas. Educate both the new resident and family members of relevant policies and documents. Help with answering any questions the resident or family may have in the first couple hours after arrival. Attend 1-hour continuing education and check-in meetings every month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential:Increase of $1.50/hour when in role

Notes/Scheduling: Comfort Specialists can also be a Mentor and Orientation/Skills Specialist simultaneously. Day shift only. If you're currently on night shift and would like to pursue this role. please see your supervisor as you would be required to switch to day shift.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Admissions Specialists: Coming Soon!

 

Comfort Specialist:

Comfort is essential for all residents-especially at the end of life. The Comfort Specialist will provide excellent hospitality to the family , be well educated on end of life care and support the team to ensure a comfortable . dignified and peaceful end of life experience. Eligibility: Must be a Skills Specialist OR Orientation Specialist in good standing for at least 3 months Education: 12 hours total (FOUR 3-hour classes). Some homework to be completed outside of class.

Responsibilities: Maintain role as a regularly assigned CNA. Provide comfort and support and communication to both the resident and loved ones as needed. Maintain and ensure the comfort cart is available.Assist (alongside the primary CNA) with Post Mortem Care. Manage CODE LOVE. Assist in the preparation of the bedspread. memorial rose. and the signing of the memorial card for the family. Assist in the moving out process with family members and the donation process if necessary . Attend 1-hour continuing education and check in meetings every month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential:Increase of $1.50/hour when in role

Notes/Scheduling: Comfort Specialists can also be a Mentor and Orientation/Skills Specialist simultaneously.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Comfort Specialists: Coming Soon!

 

Team Lead (Day Shift Only):

The Team Lead CNA is the main point of contact during a shift. They are organized. responsible. accountable. and respectful. The Team Lead is a positive role model. ambassador of the workplace culture and enthusiastically supports the tea m. Eligibility: Must be an Admissions Specialist OR Comfort Specialist for at least 3 months    Education: 12 hours total (FOUR 3-hour classes). Some homework to be completed outside of class.

Responsibilities: Maintain role as a regularly assigned CNA. Developing daily assignments and groups assignments for fellow CNA's. Support quality initiatives such as the hydration program. intentional rounding and call light adherence. In charge of debriefing and follow - ups with other CNAs: ensure that all of the tasks have been completed as well as receiving overall feedback from fellow CNAs.Addressing any issues with the Director of Nursing.Attend 1- hour continuing education and check in meetings every month. Cannot miss more than 2 meetings per year.

Earning Potential:Increase of $2.50/hour when in role

Notes/Scheduling: Can still hold a role of a Mentor and Orientation or Skills Specialist simultaneously. Day shift only. If you're currently on night shift and would like to pursue this role. you would be required to switch to day shift. Team Leads can fill the role of Comfort Specialist or Admissions Specialist when necessary.

Next Class Offering: TBD

Meet Our Current Team Leads: Coming Soon!

 

What’s next?

After you become a Team Lead, you may be eligible for a variety of other positions at Clark-Lindsey as they become available including entry-level roles in Social Services, Life Enrichment, Residential Services and Marketing.