BUFFALO – The McGuire Group, operator of five nursing and rehabilitation facilities locally, has found success in training individuals to become certified nursing assistants, CNAs, through a New York state-approved program at its McGuire Training Center, 425 Michigan Ave., Buffalo.

The group’s training program has been in existence for more than 30 years and currently graduates more than 500 individuals annually. Training consists of didactic and clinical components with 112.5 hours of training, including 10 days in the classroom and five days in the nursing facility. The program is facilitated throughout the year by a professional team of educators including Susan Mann, RN, program coordinator who began her career with the company as a CNA. Mann and her team not only teach more than the state-required 100 hours, they also train recruits the “McGuire Way” ensuring that they have the skills and ability to deliver the high quality care that is expected at the McGuire Group’s five-star facilities.

Prior to training, a CNA candidate will work for a short period of time as a resident aide at one of the McGuire Group’s facilities before beginning the formal program.

“We take our training component seriously. This introductory position allows new-hires to become acclimated to the facility, their team members, and the residents and results in a better understanding of the job and its requirements,” stated Angela Mostiller, lead human resource director for the McGuire Group.

The McGuire Training Center features a hands-on learning lab outfitted with resident beds, medical equipment and manikins for skill development as well as a computer lab for online learning and test administration. Individuals are required to pass a New York state administered exam to receive their certification. The enhanced training is reflected in a less than a one-percent fail rate.

In addition to offering the CNA training program, the McGuire Group utilizes a consultant master trainer to provide instruction for its registered professional nurses who complete the MDS care assessments. This training leads to certification by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators.

In addition to educating individuals within the company, the McGuire Group also hosts an annual rehabilitation symposium attended by more than 200 physical and occupational therapists from the community as well as physical therapy assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants and students.

“It’s essential to give our team members the tools and education they need to be successful,” Mostiller said. “Each person has a variety of talents and attributes that they bring into the organization. When we interview candidates, we’re looking for individuals who embody the ‘McGuire Mission Maker’ qualities of being compassionate, dedicated, courteous and informative.”

The McGuire Group facilities offer skilled nursing care, subacute and outpatient rehabilitation, memory care, palliative care, hospice care and respite/short-term care. The local Western New York facility is the Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda.

To learn more about CNA training or to apply for employment, visit www.mcguiregroup.com/career-opportunities/ or call 826-2010.

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