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THE BACKBONE OF CARE: CNAs provide hands-on help, assisting residents with bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, oral care, and more.

Columbia Basin Care, in partnership with Columbia Gorge Community College, is offering free training to become a Nursing Assistant. This five-week class gives you the skills and knowledge to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

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 short 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 Julie Turner, Assistant to the Director of Nursing Services,, or visit in person, Columbia Basin Care, 1015 Webber St, in The Dalles.