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SPI Provides Professional Tools for Licensed Nursing Assistants

By Roxie Severance | October 26, 2018
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First Annual NH LNA Day of Education and Celebration draws over 100 health care professionals.

Earlier this month, Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) from across New Hampshire gathered at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield to learn and be recognized for their work.

Over 115 LNAs joined the NH LNA Day of Education and Celebration on October 3.  Participants were honored for their work and offered helpful tools and strategies that they can incorporate into their health care settings. Laura Remick, workforce and education coordinator at North Country Health Consortium provided welcoming remarks to the attendees, thanking them for their dedication to the residents and families they serve. Roxie Severance, health care sector advisor for the Sector Partnership Initiative, spoke to the group about the origins of the event and explained that a North Country Regional Health Care Workforce group was formed to provide a full day of education and to honor LNAs for their hard work.

The theme of the NH LNA Day of Education and Celebration was Tools for the Toolbox. Attendees learned about the Music and Memory program, oral health care, hospice care and Alzheimer’s habilitation. The full-day event offered participants five contact hours, networking opportunities and tips on best practices.

Event participants expressed their gratitude for the learning and networking opportunity and expressed the need for similar offerings in the future.

Participants shared the following thoughts:

“I am glad that I attended this event. It was a wonderful opportunity to get together with other LNAs in the field and learn from one another.”

“Staying up to date on new advances and techniques in health care is a must and an event like this provided the platform for us to do so. If given the opportunity, I would attend more than once a year.”

The NH health care sector

The health care sector has significant current and anticipated workforce needs, which is a challenging and worrisome for the provision of care. Given the position employers are in, it is important to make sure the current workforce is recognized and appreciated. It’s the duty of health care stakeholders to recognize each member’s importance and dedication to the health care team and the patients they serve. It’s also crucial to provide opportunities and resources for building the skills and providing the tools necessary to advance professional development and advance along the career ladder.

Thank you

Thank you to our sponsors, North Country Health Consortium’s Northern NH Area Health Education Center, Coos County Nursing Home, Delta Dental, North Country Healthcare, New Hampshire Hospital Association, Genesis Country Village Center and the NH Health Care Association for helping us put this special event together to recognize LNAs throughout the state.

Questions about the health care sector?

For more information about SPI and the health care sector, contact Roxie Severance directly at 603.733.6072 or rseverance@nhhca.org.