Frequently Asked Questions
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It is not necessary to reside in New Hampshire, however our program is limited to employers that are hiring for open positions in New Hampshire.
NH Needs Caregivers! is a training initiative – we are not an employer. We help to train LNAs and connect them with openings at skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities throughout New Hampshire.
An LNA – or also called a “Certified Nursing Assistant” or “caregiver” – plays a critical role in patient care. Becoming an LNA also serves as a starting point for a healthcare career that focuses on compassion and making a difference in the community. As an LNA, you’ll get a flexible work schedule in a close-knit community filled with purpose and job security.
An LNA provides basic nursing care which includes assisting patients and residents with bathing, dressing, eating and mobility. Among other tasks, they also take vital signs, work closely with other members of the healthcare team to observe and report information and provide companionship to those they care for.
Becoming an LNA is a great first step in entering the healthcare field – from an LNA to a Medication Nursing Assistant (MNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and/or a Registered Nurse (RN).
Starting off as an LNA can open doors to specialty fields outside of nursing too, such as:
- Social worker
- Occupational therapist
- Healthcare Administrator
- Physician Assistant
- And many others!
For a full list of career options, take a look at the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center’s Health Career Catalogue or download this NH Nursing Careers Pathways flyer.
The NH Needs Caregivers! Program is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is interested in gaining healthcare workforce experience and caring for others.
Tuition for the licensed nursing assistant (LNA) course is approximately $2600-2750. There are scholarships available to cover up to $2200 toward tuition for those who are currently working or committed to working in a skilled nursing or long-term care setting, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and other types of residential facilities.
Licensing costs are not covered by the NH Needs Caregivers Program; however, you may qualify for other funding sources.
We want every student to be successful in completing the LNA course. For that reason, is it important to be present for every class. Training partners are required by the Board of Nursing to have students meet a specific number of hours to be eligible for licensure. If you have an emergency and cannot attend class, it’s important to contact your training partner as soon as possible. You may be able to make up the time on a case-by case basis.
No, the program does not provide scrubs; however, there are budget-friendly options at Walmart and Target.