Responding to the statewide shortage of certified nursing assistants, Paramus-based Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has entered into a collaborative agreement with Bergen Community College to host a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program onsite at the hospital.
“I am deeply committed to furthering the growth and education of our workforce,” said Bergen New Bridge President and CEO, Deborah Visconi. “I believe it is our responsibility to educate future health care providers and leaders for our community and state. This new and innovative program will serve as a learning and career path for those who have a desire to care for others through a clinical career. This training collaboration will also bridge the gap regarding a shortage of care providers our state is experiencing, while empowering our staff to fulfill their academic and professional passions in an organization that promotes growth, supports diversity, and embraces inclusion.”
The program is available free of charge to staff at Bergen New Bridge who meet the program qualifications. Those selected will participate in a ninety-hour course, led by Bergen Community College instructors, in our new learning center located on the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center campus. Upon successful completion of both the program and the certification exam, graduates will become part of the Bergen New Bridge Long Term Care clinical team caring for the Medical Center’s long term care residents.
“Healthcare represents the No. 1 employment sector in Bergen County, making it a priority for our institution to provide students with the hands-on learning experiences required to quickly enter and succeed in the modern workforce,” Bergen Community College President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “This collaborative partnership with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center will help expand the personal and economic mobility of their employees, who will learn the skills needed to secure employment in the rapidly expanding healthcare sector.”
“Bergen County is fortunate to have in our County both the largest hospital, which has transformed under Deb’s leadership into an essential provider of quality and affordable healthcare, and the largest and best community college, “said Bergen County Executive, James J. Tedesco, lll. “Collaboration is one of the things we do best and this new CNA Training Program is a proud moment for all of us. It is a great day for the County, Bergen New Bridge, Bergen Community College and all those involved in developing this program, but it is an even greater day for all of the new students embarking upon the first day of their new career path.”
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