CNA Schools in Louisiana
Louisiana CNA Schools
General requirements for education training programs in Louisiana stipulate that classroom and clinical coursework must instruct students to effectively handle the medical, psychosocial, physical, environmental and emotional needs of residents and patients in health care facilities. The most popular provider of CNA training programs in Louisiana are two-year local community colleges. However, technical and vocational programs do exist. Furthermore, many times educational programs are found wherever CNAs are employed, like long term care facilities, hospitals and home health agencies. No matter which provider sponsored program, all non-facility and facility based training programs must involve thirty-two hours of instruction before any direct contact with a resident or patient.
Curriculum guidelines of Louisiana CNA training programs require some specific areas of coursework. For example, students must learn how to correctly cater to a resident’s personal care needs including: skin and oral care, bathing, grooming, dressing, toiletry, bed-making, eating and hydration (fluid and nutrient intake and outtake). In addition, communication and interpersonal skills are emphasized to maximize patient interaction and promote residents’ rights and independence. Other nurse assistant tasks, like monitoring vital signs, measuring height and weight, transferring residents, and safety and emergency procedures (CPR) must be learned and demonstrated correctly throughout training. Finally Louisiana coursework guidelines stipulate that more general areas of health care must be covered as well, such as, infection control, body mechanics, common diseases and conditions, behavior modification, implications regarding the aging process, and basic restorative services.
Through either online or campus based programs, aspiring C.N.A.s in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Lafayette General Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center and Charity Hospital.
For more information contact:
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators
Nurse Aid Registry
5647 Superior Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-6049
(225) 295-8575 (phone)
(225) 295-8578 (fax)