MN nursing homes suffering staff shortage; local education opportunities to get certified

Residents of a nursing home
Residents of a nursing home(KAIT)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 12:39 PM CST
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St. Paul, MN. (KBJR) -Governor Walz is directing tens of millions of dollars to nursing homes to help fight staffing shortages.

Meanwhile, Advanced MN is offering free certified nursing assistant courses to recruit, train and deploy new certified nursing assistants.

Some courses are taking place on the Iron Range. Click here for more details.

The initiative will offer resources and support to those pursuing a CNA credential from the first day of class to the first day on the job.

Classes start January 17, 2022, and run through February 11, 2022.

59 hours – Virtual/Hybrid Nursing Assistant

16 hours – Skills lab

Itasca Community College February 11 & 12 (8:00-4:30pm) Makeup day: Feb 13.

Hibbing Community College Feb 7, 10, & 11 (3:00pm -9:00pm)

Mesabi Range College Feb 7, 8:00-4:30, Feb 8, 12:30-4:30, and Feb 10, 12:30-4:30.

Northwest Technical College February 7, 8, & 11 (7:30-1:30pm)

Rainy River Community College TBD

The governor announced an emergency action Tuesday, clearing the way for up to $83 million in state and federal money to nursing home facilities.

The action is meant to cover emergency costs and help nursing homes maintain their workforce amid a nationwide staffing shortage.

Walz also announced nursing homes would receive a temporary 5% increase on average in state payment as Medicaid works to set rates for 2022.

The 5% increase is meant to reflect the costs of the pandemic.

The additional funding will have to be approved by the Federal Government.

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