Ready for a Career Change?

CNA at work

MAKE A DIFFERENCE: CNAs provide hands-on help, with heart.

Columbia Basin Care, the region’s only nonprofit long-term care facility, is offering free training to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). The six-week course starts in January 2016. Apply by December 15, 2015. Space is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Columbia Basin Care will train qualified candidates, and offer competitive wages and benefits to graduates. No previous health care experience is required — just a desire to learn, a heart to help, and a dedication to work that makes a difference.

CNAs work under the direction of nurses and are the backbone of health care, providing hands-on help and assisting patients with bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, oral care and more.

“It’s the hardest work you’ll ever do, but it’s the most rewarding,” says Julie Kimbell, who has worked as a CNA for nearly 30 years.

At Columbia Basin Care, nursing assistants work with highly qualified staff and have opportunities for on-the-job learning. The facility has the area’s only on-site geriatric nurse practitioner, Valerie Hiveley-Blatz, who specializes in elder care and serves as the primary care physician for many residents. In addition, a team of licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists provide comprehensive rehabilitation and restorative services.

With just a six-week investment of time and effort, a new career can take shape. But what does it take to be successful?

“You have to love people,” says Kimbell. “You’re important to their lives. You make a difference.”

For more information, or to apply, contact Cassie Hill, Director of Nursing Services,, or visit in person, Columbia Basin Care, 1015 Webber St, in The Dalles.