Walz announces new initiative to train and deploy licensed practical nurses

ST. PAUL – Governor Tim walz plans to train, deploy approximately 1,000 new certified nursing assistants to long-term care facilities by the end of next month.

Walz on Monday announced a new partnership between the state government, colleges and long-term care providers to recruit, train and deploy new CNAs to help long-term care facilities with staff shortages.

Our goal is to train 1,000 CNAs in two months to strengthen staff and provide needed care for Minnesota patients during our COVID-19 response. Not only that, through this training program, we can help maintain a stable workforce for long term care for years to come.

Qualified Minnesotans will be enrolled in certification courses at Minnesota state campuses.

Currently, sixteen colleges in the Minnesota state system train approximately 400 National Guard members for deployment as temporary emergency nursing assistants.

Walz says statewide enrollment shows more than 11,500 students enrolled in CNA programs between 2017 and 2020, of which only 5,100 graduated from CNA. He says helping these students complete their program will increase the number of students pursuing a CNA degree, which is critical for the state.

The Walz administration plans to use $ 3.5 million in federal funding from the US bailout to fund the CNA program.

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