Training Programs Are Growing Our Workforce

Colton Mailloux and Malorie Powers
Colton Mailloux and Malorie Powers, shown here working with a training mannequin, are participants in the Nurse Assistant Training program offered at Cheshire Medical Center.

At Cheshire Medical Center, our priority is to hire well-trained, competent individuals to care for our family members, friends, neighbors, and community. Training programs are not plentiful in our region, so we're answering the call and building our own.

We focus on developing educational opportunities and career training programs that expand the skillset and expertise of our current employees so they can advance their careers. Cheshire also has been expanding its workforce development programs that train individuals for specific careers through a collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Workforce Readiness Institute (WRI).

"With these training programs, we are able to ensure that our organization has the workforce we need and that our staff have the skills needed to serve our community," says Anthony McLean, DEL, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Cheshire's director of inpatient services. "These programs are absolutely essential to the continued success of our mission."

Nurse Assistant training programs

Cheshire offers two workforce development programs on-site for individuals to become Licensed Nurse Assistants. Both of the programs include Cheshire employees, as we hire individuals into the programs or they are current employees that transfer: One is taught by Cheshire staff instructors, the other is taught by River Valley Community College and includes community members.

Candidates for both programs apply to the program and, if accepted, are paid a training wage during the 125-hour program. Upon successful completion, the participants work as Licensed Nurse Assistants in our inpatient units for a minimum of two years in return for Cheshire's sponsorship of their tuition and testing fees.

Our Nurse Assistant training programs are offered year-round with both daytime and evening class options. To learn more about LNA trainings and register for the next online info session visit WRI's LNA page or call Sarah Tatro at 603-354-5454 x2317.

Medical Assistant Apprenticeship training program

Cheshire's on-site Medical Assistant Apprenticeship training program — an 11-week, US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship — is offered annually. Students who successfully complete the program earn 25 credits from Colby-Sawyer College, and can earn an additional 21 college credits during their 2,000-hour apprenticeship for free.

Trainees can use the credits earned toward completion of an Associate of Science in Health Science (60 credits) at Colby-Sawyer. While pursuing their degree, Cheshire employees can use their tuition reimbursement benefits, potentially paying minimal — if any at all — out-of-pocket expenses to earn their degree.

Upon completion of the classroom training, the student must pass a national exam to become a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, then complete a 2,000-hour apprenticeship where they are evaluated on behavioral and technical competencies. Cheshire employees have a 100% pass rate on the national exam.

In addition to these programs, Cheshire also collaborates with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Workforce Readiness Institute to offer training programs for Surgical Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians. To learn more about the MA and other training programs, visit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute website or call Sarah Tatro at 603-354-5454 x2317.

Opportunities for LNAs, MAs and other healthcare professionals

Nurse and Medical Assistants are the heart of medicine and the foundation of the care teams that provide care to our patients. Cheshire is always hiring a range of clinical positions across inpatient, outpatient, family and specialty areas. Visit our Careers website for more information about working at Cheshire, or search for open positions.