Nurse assistants in demand, says Mansfield training center

( MANSFIELD — Most people who attend the Mansfield Nurse Aide Training Center use it as a stepping stone into nursing school, but Tiffany Behrendsen said students can work in health care immediately after graduation.

It takes just 15 days of training.

“We just want people to know that we’re here and we’re getting people jobs,” said Behrendsen, owner of the new training center. “It’s a three-week program to train individuals to become a (State Tested Nursing Assistant).”

The 2,100-square-foot facility, which houses a hands-on training center and electronically-equipped classroom, opened in March.

Office assistant Nicole Stidam, who handles the center’s marketing, said tours will be offered at the grand opening, noon to 4 p.m. Friday at 831 N. Trimble Road.

Behrendsen said STNAs provide personal care, home health care and work in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities. Classes cost $675 for three weeks. That cost includes first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, books and state testing fees.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the average hourly wage for an STNA is $11.67.

“This is a great way to step into the health care field,” Stidam said. “A lot of adults don’t know what path they’d like to take, and we sit down with them and talk about their options.”

Behrendsen said the Mansfield center often receives job leads it shares with students.

“I don’t think most people know the demand there is for STNAs — and there’s a great demand for male STNAs,” Stidam said. A high school diploma is not required.

“Just come in and sign up,” Behrendsen said. “We have 16 students every three weeks to keep the classes small and personal. We have students all ages, from all walks of life. Our goal is to … train you well and get you to pass the state exam. Then we help you get employed.

“What kind of person is needed in this field? Someone who is warm and caring and who wants to make a difference,” she said.

For information, call the center at 567-247-2273.