First CNA Conference to be held at RLC on Oct. 18

INA, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2013) – A free CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Conference is being held in Rend Lake College’s Theatre from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 for those interested in learning more about their field.

The conference is the first of its kind at RLC and will feature several sessions and guest speakers. First to speak will be Phil Gillespie, Ombudsman of Shawnee Alliance for Seniors in Carterville. He will speak about culture change.

Speaker Tracy McCord of Hospice of Southern Illinois will follow with a session on hospice care. Three breakout sessions will be available in the afternoon: communication, the language of culture change and hospice case study.

One attendee will be named the 2013 Outstanding CNA Award from a list of nominees of area long-term care facilities at 1 p.m. Door prizes and giveaways will also be given out throughout the conference, and vendors will be on hand to speak to participants.

“Rend Lake College is very excited to host the CNA Conference for the first time,” said Kim Robert, Dean of Allied Health. “The sessions and guest speakers will offer a great continuing education event for CNAs who attend, and it’s a great way for RLC to stay involved with our students and our community. We’re optimistic about the success of the conference and hope to host it every year.”

Each participant of the conference will receive 0.5 college credits for the day and certification of completion. The CNA Conference is sponsored by RLC, Certified Nursing Assistant Educator Association and Illinois Nurse Assistant/Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program of Southern Illinois University.

To register or for more information, contact the Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Registration can be done beforehand or the day of the conference.

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