Mother Lode Works Vol. 23

"Your source for employment news in the Mother Lode"

This week in Mother Lode Works...

  • Career Focus: Nursing Needs in the Region

  • Limited Spots Available for COVID Employment Recovery Grant

  • UI Claim Updates

Up to Date COVID-19 Information

- The official website for California COVID-19 updates and resources. - EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.

Career Focus: Nursing Needs in the Region

Nationally there is a shortage of nurses and nursing assistants. In the Mother Lode, our need is even greater due to a combination of population demographics and our rural location. While there is a bottleneck at the nursing schools responsible for training Registered Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses, training programs for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are widely accessible and are accepting new students continuously. The entry level training to be a CNA can be obtained in just 8 weeks and is typically free or low cost due to solutions created by businesses and partnerships with education and workforce development in the region.

Hospitals and other care providers are paying about $8,000 more in the Mother Lode than the national median for CNAs.

The skills are changing – more emphasis is being placed on taking patients vital signs, clinical experience, and nursing care. Working as a CNA provides excellent hands-on experience that can be applied towards the training that is required to become a fully qualified nurse.

Nursing and Nursing Assistant Shortage in the Mother Lode

Top Skills Requested by Employers for CNAs:

  • Essential nursing skills

  • Basic life support

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Blood Pressure

  • Vital Signs

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Clinical experience

  • Nursing Care

  • Personal Care

  • Respiration

  • Patient Hydration

  • Caregiving

  • Long term care

Consider starting a career in nursing today!

Training is available in the region with the following providers:

  • Avalon

  • Adventist Health Sonora

  • Columbia College

Mother Lode Job Training has workforce professionals available to help connect you with training providers. You may be eligible for scholarships, support services and employment placement services to ensure successful completion of these programs. Contact us today if you want to learn more about pursuing a career in Healthcare!

Visit for information on CNAs and a spotlight career video.