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Resources and Information

State Licensing Update

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing Affairs (LARA) is now tracking CNA licenses. After completing your certification exam you must register with LARA.


The State of Michigan is pouring into the future healthcare workers and we encourage all of our students to take advantage of the funds available. Click below to take you to the state website.

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Employer Resource

How to Retain Your Staff

Retaining healthcare employees is crucial for maintaining a stable and skilled workforce in the healthcare industry. This is one thing that we feel everyone knows but is struggling to achieve. We have had some failures and successes when it comes to this also but here are a few strategies that we have found to be successful in retaining employees:

  1. Competitive Compensation: Offering competitive salaries and benefits is essential for attracting and retaining talented healthcare professionals. Regularly review and adjust compensation packages to ensure they are in line with industry standards and reflect the value of employees' skills and contributions.

  2. Work-Life Balance: Promote work-life balance by implementing flexible scheduling options, such as part-time or shift-sharing arrangements. Long gone are the days of having a set schedule and you expect employees to conform to your needs. This generation understands the importance and value of their personal time. 

  3. Professional Development Opportunities: Provide opportunities for professional growth and development. Offer continuing education programs, workshops, conferences, and mentorship programs to help employees enhance their skills and knowledge. Find the staff that wants to grow and grow them before they outgrow you.

  4. Recognition and Appreciation: Recognize and appreciate employees for their hard work and achievements. Regularly acknowledge their contributions through verbal praise, written notes, or formal recognition programs. I know it feels corny but everyone loves recognition!

  5. Employee Engagement: Foster a culture of employee engagement by involving them in decision-making processes, seeking their input, and valuing their opinions. Encourage open communication channels, where employees feel comfortable expressing their concerns and providing feedback. Actively listen to their suggestions and make efforts to implement feasible ideas.

  6. Strong Leadership and Management: Effective leadership and management are crucial for retaining healthcare employees. Ensure that leaders and managers are trained to support and motivate their teams. Provide leadership development programs to enhance their communication, conflict resolution, and team-building skills.

  7. Employee Wellness Programs: Implement wellness programs that focus on the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of employees. Offer resources such as counseling services, stress management workshops, health screenings, and fitness initiatives. Prioritizing employee wellness helps create a supportive and healthy work environment.

  8. Positive Organizational Culture: Foster a positive organizational culture that promotes teamwork, collaboration, and mutual respect. Encourage a supportive environment where employees feel valued and connected to their colleagues. Regularly communicate the facility's mission, values, and goals to ensure alignment and foster a sense of purpose. If you don’t have one, make one!

  9. Competitive Work Environment: Stay aware of industry trends and benchmark against other healthcare organizations. Ensure that your workplace environment, equipment, and technology are up-to-date and competitive. Most healthcare employees are looking for a facility that has the right tools to make their job easier. It’s the simple things like making sure your staff doesn’t have to look all over the facility for linen to do their job. Always inquire about what you can do to make their job easier. You’ll be surprised at the low-hanging fruit that you can take care of easily!

Remember, retaining employees requires ongoing effort and attention. Regularly assess employee satisfaction through conversations, surveys, and exit interviews to identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments. My bet is that if you start interviewing 3 random staff members a week asking “What do you need to make your job easier” (and more staff can’t be the answer) you will create a better working environment rapidly!

Student Resource

Job Seeking

Finding a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) job requires a combination of effective job search strategies and showcasing your skills and qualifications. Here are some tips to help you in your CNA job search:

  1. Update your resume: Craft a professional and well-organized resume that highlights your relevant skills, education, certifications, and work experience. Emphasize any specific achievements or responsibilities that demonstrate your competence as a CNA.

  2. Network: Tap into your professional network and let friends, family, and colleagues know that you are looking for a CNA job. They may have connections or be aware of job openings in healthcare facilities.

  3. Online job search platforms: Utilize popular job search websites and platforms like Indeed, LinkedIn, or CareerBuilder. These platforms allow you to search specifically for CNA positions and provide options to upload your resume and apply directly to job postings.

  4. Professional associations: Join professional associations relevant to the healthcare industry, such as the National Association of Healthcare Assistants. These associations often have job boards or resources for members seeking employment.

  5. Attend job fairs and career events: Look for job fairs or healthcare career events in your area. These events bring together employers and job seekers and provide an opportunity to network and learn about job openings directly from employers.

  6. Follow up: After submitting applications or attending interviews, follow up with potential employers to express your continued interest and inquire about the status of your application. This shows your dedication and proactive approach.

  7. Prepare for interviews: Research common interview questions for CNAs and prepare your answers ahead of time. Be ready to discuss your experience, skills, and how you handle different situations in a healthcare setting.

  8. Professional development: Continuously improve your skills and knowledge as a CNA. Stay up-to-date with current best practices and industry trends. Consider pursuing additional certifications or specialized training to make yourself more marketable.

Remember to customize your job search approach to suit your specific circumstances and local market. Persistence, professionalism, and a positive attitude are key factors in finding a CNA job. Good luck with your job search!

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