All Health-care-aide-training Posts

Should You Become a Health Care Aide? Instructor Nancy Scott Explains Training & Careers

Jul 5, 2019 3:51:44 PM

 Nancy Scott RN (centre) wins the Herzing College Teacher of the Year award for her outstanding work with health care aide students

Health care aides (HCAs) are in high demand in Winnipeg, and across most of Canada. Our rapidly aging population and dwindling health care budgets have long-term care facilities bursting at the seams.

Meanwhile, many seniors are opting to stay in their own homes for longer, creating a need for trained health care aides who can assist them to live safely on their own.

If you're looking for a career in healthcare that doesn't require years of training, but involves challenging, meaningful work—becoming a health care aide is an ideal option.

My Review of the Health Care Aide Course at Herzing College Winnipeg

May 8, 2019 3:05:37 PM

Photo: Herzing graduate, Sheri Richard in her Health Care Aide uniform at Extendicare Oakview Place in Winnipeg.

It's always really exciting to catch up with Herzing grads, and see how much their lives have changed since finishing school, and starting a brand new career.

Health Care Aide graduate, Sheri Richard, is a great example. She switched career paths later in life, when she could no longer find work in her field, and needed a new direction.

Sheri knew she wanted to help people, so she started looking around for quick training options. A 5-month Health Care Aide Diploma was an ideal fit.

And even though she has 3 children and a very busy schedule, Sheri took the leap, and started the program. Turns out, it was the best decision she ever made.

Here's what she told us about heading back to school, starting her Health Care Aide career, and where she's working now.

From Bank Employee to Health Care Aide: Meet Susan Zirk, 5 Years Later

Feb 12, 2019 10:35:40 AM

Susan Zirk in her health care aide scrubs, in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Updated November, 2020

Are you considering becoming a health care aide, and wondering if you'd be a good fit for the role? Want a more meaningful career that focusses on helping others - but doesn't require years of training to get started? You're definitely not alone.

Meet Susan Zirk, a Herzing graduate who gave up a career in finance to pursue a new life as a health care aide (HCA).

In many ways, Susan's story is similar to so many health care aide students we've worked with over the years.

Winnipeg Needs More Health Care Aides: Should You Get Training?

Dec 17, 2018 9:19:35 AM

Herzing Health Care Aide students pose for a photo 

Health Care Aide Training: How Do You Support a Grieving Family?

Oct 26, 2018 11:14:26 AM

Facing the death of a patient is a natural part of working as a health care aide. But that doesn't mean it ever gets easy.

Top 3 Health Care Careers You Can Train for in Under 9 Months (Winnipeg Edition)

May 3, 2018 5:37:44 PM

A health care aide student at Herzing College practices patient care procedures

For many people, finding a quick college training program that leads directly to paid work is a top priority.  And there are several good reasons students are drawn to condensed certificates and diplomas—like cheaper tuition, shorter disruption to work and family life, and a much faster start to a career.

But when we think of health care careers, it's not fast training programs that come to mind. Doctors, nurses, and other clinicians spend years earning an education. Most people assume that meaningful work in health care takes a huge investment of time and money on training.

5 Ways You'll Improve Patients' Lives as a Health Care Aide

Jan 16, 2018 4:25:14 PM

Have any doubts about how important health care aides are in the medical profession? Wondering exactly how you'll be supporting patients, and improving their quality of life, as a health care aide?

4 Reasons Health Care Aide Training is a Smart Career Move

Nov 15, 2017 10:51:36 AM

Considering a career in health care, but aren't sure which training program to pursue? Budget cuts to provincial health programs and services have made many students wary of entering the field—but not all areas of health care are cutting back.

Front-line roles, such as health care aide (HCA), are actually expanding, driven by the needs of our aging population—needs our hospitals and long-term care providers are struggling to meet.

Health Care Aide Training: Top 5 CPR Myths & Mistakes

Nov 8, 2017 11:01:38 AM

Health care aides work on the front lines of health care, and support patients of all ages. They assist children coping with debilitating medical conditions, adults with special health care needs, and elderly patients striving to maintain independence in their homes or long term care facilities.

CPR and First Aid certification should be included in any reputable, high-quality health care aid training program. Students must be prepared to intervene in cases of emergency, and know how to perform potentially life-saving procedures on patients of all ages.

Health Care Aide Skills List: 10 Hard & Soft Skills Every HCA Needs

Aug 30, 2017 10:10:05 AM

Updated May 2021.

Considering becoming a health care aide (HCA)? The personalized support HCAs offer patients makes this career path particularly rewarding—and increasingly important.

As Canada's population ages, demand for in-home and daily health care support is on the rise.

But working as a health care aide is challenging. It takes resilience, physical and emotional stamina, and a clear understanding of how to provide safe and effective patient care.

Read on to discover 10 of the most important hard and soft skills you'll need to succeed in this career.

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