Maui needs certified home health care providers to care for elderly and special-needs individuals. A recent AARP survey determined that 85 percent of island residents feel it’s very important for those needing help with the basic tasks of life due to aging or illness to have well-trained certified home health care providers in order to remain in their own homes. To meet that need, a new training program will begin Mar. 2 at the Maui Certified Nursing Assistant Training Center in Wailuku.
Curriculum for the state-licensed Maui training course will include introduction to the healthcare delivery system; basic information about human anatomy, physiology and infection control; and safety and emergency procedures. The 100-hour, three-week course includes 70 hours of supervised practical training in a laboratory or other clinical setting that will provide skills in basic nursing, personal care and restorative services.
The fee for the CNA course is steep–$2,066–but it includes a lot: background check (required), text, handouts, CPR and First Aid training, lab materials and supplies, student insurance and the state certification exam. Financial assistance is available.
Prospective students must be 18 or older and successfully complete a reading and math comprehension exam, undergo tuberculosis testing and pass the background check.
The Maui center’s training program director is Joy Tamaribuchi, director and owner of the West Kauai Nurse Aide Training Program. Tamaribuchi, who administers certification tests to students of CNA classes on Maui, has an extensive background in health care. She has taught the CNA program since 2004. The program has graduated hundreds of students, and since 2012, her student pass rate for the state certification exam is 100 percent. Tamaribuchi is the former director of nursing at the Mahelona Medical Center in Kapaa; she also is a former residential care home operator and was a nurse practitioner for the Department of State providing primary care services to officers and family members in U.S. embassies in various countries overseas.
Classes will take place from 3 to 9:30 p.m. weekdays Mar. 2-20. To learn more about the course or possible financial aid, contact Tamaribuchi at 808-346-3780.
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