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Masonic Homes Evening Clinical Intro

You are almost done with the course, hooray! Classroom done! Now onto clinical...

Please refer to the linked documents before clinical. Steve plans to be at Minnesota Masonic Homes on Wednesday, October 14th at 3:00-m. Clinical begins at 3:30pm. In case you are unable to locate your instructor at the clinical site, please text or call
Steve (952-479-0172) or Survival (612-298-8044)

Clinical days - October 14 and 15th  (Wed - Thurs from 3:30pm - 10:30pm).

Please review the following documents:

Welcome document from Minnesota Masonic Homes, click here

Driving directions, click here 

Parking location, click here

Please review Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen | click here

Please note

  • Unless you have discussed with me regarding absent time in advance, please remember you must attend all three days to receive completion certificate. Make up will be arranged the following clinical cohort on space available basis.
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Masonic Morning Clinical Guide Notes

LOCATION

 Minnesota Masonic Homes | 11501 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437 | Phone: (952) 948-7000https://www.mnmasonichomes.org/

PARKING

Please park at the Unity Parking lot. The Dan Patch Parking lot would be quite a distance to walk to reach to the Unity Parking lot.

CLINICAL DAYS

According to your booking schedule. Please review Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen here


MEETING WITH EMPLOYEES AT MASONIC HOMES, BLOOMINGTON

When you arrive at Masonic, please follow signs to Unity facility entrance door. Please find the Unity Entrance parking. Feel free to mention that you are a nursing assistant student from ZANDU HEALTH INITIATIVE attending clinical. Alternatively, you can text or call me to update me of your location [Clinical Instructor, Steve Mandieka, 952-479-0172]. You may also call [Clinical Instructor, Survival at 612-298-8044]

When you arrive, please expect to be screened at the 24 hour desk and receive one face mask and full face shield that you will keep for the entire two clinical days in a brown bag. After screening, each student will wash hands in the 24 hour community room and head down to the classroom on ground floor. We will then have COVID-19 rapid test and review the COVID-19 Infection Control guidelines. Please also take time to review: Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen here

Clinical rotations will be on D1, that is, D Building First Floor. 

 


CONFIDENTIALITY (HIPAA)

Minnesota Masonic Homes Confidentiality Policy: No cell phone usage (texts/making calls/taking photos) when providing cares to residents/patients. We strictly abide with this policy at CLINICAL. If found using your cell phone, we will enforce this policy in accordance to the School Code of Conduct.

DRESS CODE

  • Eyewear or Face Shield
  • Athletic shoes (sneakers | no open shoes);
  • Transfer belt will be available at the facility (you do not need to bring your own);
  • Please have short nails 1/4-inch-long (no artificial nails);
  • hoodies, fanny packs or sun glasses should NOT be worn when providing care to residents;
  • Shoulder length hair must be secured back away from face.
  • Navy blue uniform
  • Student ID/Name Badge must be visible to residents and staff

MEALS | LUNCH | DINNER

  • Breaks are assigned by your instructor. Usually, a student takes a break at the same time with assigned nursing assistant. Please bring your own boxed lunch or snack. Refrigerator and microwave are available for use. A vending machine with pop and snacks is also available. Alternatively, you may also choose to buy food at nearby restaurants. Use the facility address to search for restaurants

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Travel light: If you bring any purses/books/skills kit, bags or phone along, please bring a lock to lock your items.

PATIENT/RESIDENT CARE ASSIGNMENTS

Clinical instructor or nurse manager will assign you to shadow a staff member. You will observe followed by active participation in the care of residents. The required outcome at clinical is the student will progress to independence with resident care in the three clinical days. Often, you will work with the same group of residents or the same resident assistant all three days. However, the instructor may modify assignments each clinical day depending on staff availability and student needs.

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete all two days to successfully pass your clinical experience. Plan to be on time to report to clinical. In addition, you may not leave early from the clinical site without instructor permission.

 

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Class Schedule - June - July 2020

COVID-19era Class Schedule - June - July 2020

Your health and safety are our top priorities, today and every day. Thank you for entrusting us with your education. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be feeling about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). With your health and safety in mind, we are changing how we provide education services. 

Please find the class schedule below:  

Read more about the Blended/Online/Hybrid course here

 Week 1  Monday Tuesday  Time  Schedule Theory and Skills
Week 1 (Day 1 and 2) 6/22 6/23 4:30pm - 9:30pm  

Group A – Online

Group B – Online

 

Unit 1, 2 and 3

Unit 1, 2 and 3

Week 2 (Day 3 and 4)

Week 2 (Day 3 and 4)

6/29   6/30 4:30pm - 9:30pm  

Group A – Face2FaceSkills

Group B – Online

 

Week 1 Skills | Exams for Units 1, 2 and 3

Unit 4, 5 and 6

Week 3 (Day 5 and 6)

Week 2 (Day 3 and 4)

 
7/6  7/7  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Group A – Online

Group B – Face2FaceSkills

 

Unit 4, 5 and 6

Week 1 Skills | Exams for Units 1, 2 and 3

 

Week 4 (Day 7 and 8)

Week 3 (Day 5 and 6)

 7/13 7/14  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Group A – Face2FaceSkills

Group B – Online

 

Week 2 Skills | Exams for Units 4, 5 and 6

Unit 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

Week 5 (Day 9 and 10)

Week 4 (Day 7 and 8)

 7/20  7/21  4:30pm - 9:30pm

Group A – Online

Group B – Face2FaceSkills

 

Unit 7, 8, 9 and 10

Week 2 Skills | Exams for Units 4, 5 and 6

 

Week 6 (Day 11 and 12)

Week 5 (Day 9 and 10)

 
7/27 7/28  4:30pm - 9:30pm  

Group A – Face2FaceSkills

Group B – Online

Week 3 Skills | Exams for Units 7, 8, 9 and 10

Review Online

 

Week 7

Week 6 (Day 11 and 12)

 
8/3 8/4 4:30pm - 9:30pm   

Group A – Online

Group B – Face2FaceSkills

Review Online

Week 3 Skills | Exams for Units 7, 8, 9 and 10

 

Week 8

Week 8

 
8/10 8/11

TBD due to COVID-19

3:00pm - 10:00pm

Group A

Group B

Week 4 – Clinical (To be determined)

Week 4 – Clinical (To be determined)

 
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COVID-19era Face2Face Skills


More updates here regarding the Face2face Skills during COVID-19 era 

Your patience is kindly requested. Steve is updating the page, check back soon upon registering for the Face2face Skills. 


 Register for the Face2Face Skills online as sent in email.
 Complete the COVID-19 Symptoms Screening form.
 Receive confirmation of your booking.
 Prep for proctored exam and skills practice as indicated on your schedule.
 Attend face2face, additional COVID-19 screening will be conducted onsite.
Kind regards,
Steve Mandieka (questions or concerns, please text or call 952-479-0172)
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Masonic Homes Morning Clinical Intro

You are almost done with the course, hooray! Classroom done! Now onto clinical...

Please refer to the linked documents before clinical. Steve plans to be at Minnesota Masonic Homes on Monday, October 12th at 6:45am. Clinical begins at 7:00am. In case you are unable to locate your instructor at the clinical site, please text or call
Steve (952-479-0172) or Survival (612-298-8044)

Clinical days - October 11 and 12th  (Mon - Tues from 7:00am - 3:00pm).

Please review the following documents:

Welcome document from Minnesota Masonic Homes, click here

Driving directions, click here 

Parking location, click here

Please review Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen | click here

Please note

  • Unless you have discussed with me regarding absent time in advance, please remember you must attend all three days to receive completion certificate. Make up will be arranged the following clinical cohort on space available basis.
Read more

Masonic Homes Evening Clinical Guide

LOCATION

 Minnesota Masonic Homes | 11501 Masonic Home Dr, Bloomington, MN 55437 | Phone: (952) 948-7000https://www.mnmasonichomes.org/

PARKING

Please park at the Unity Parking lot or the Dan Patch Hall parking.

CLINICAL DAYS

According to your booking schedule. Please review Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen here


MEETING WITH EMPLOYEES AT MASONIC HOMES, BLOOMINGTON

When you arrive at Masonic, please follow signs to Unity facility entrance door. Please find the Unity Entrance parking. Feel free to mention that you are a nursing assistant student from ZANDU HEALTH INITIATIVE attending clinical. Alternatively, you can text or call me to update me of your location [Clinical Instructor, Steve Mandieka, 952-479-0172]. You may also call [Clinical Instructor, Survival at 612-298-8044]

When you arrive, please expect to be screened at the 24 hour desk and receive one face mask and full face shield that you will keep for the entire two clinical days in a brown bag. After screening, each student will wash hands in the 24 hour community room and head down to the classroom on ground floor. We will then have COVID-19 rapid test and review the COVID-19 Infection Control guidelines. Please also take time to review: Skill 6: Gown, Glove, and Bag Linen here

Clinical rotations will be on D1, that is, D Building First Floor.  


CONFIDENTIALITY (HIPAA)

Minnesota Masonic Homes Confidentiality Policy: No cell phone usage (texts/making calls/taking photos) when providing cares to residents/patients. We strictly abide with this policy at CLINICAL. If found using your cell phone, we will enforce this policy in accordance to the School Code of Conduct.

DRESS CODE

  • Eyewear or Face Shield will be available at the clinical site
  • Surgical Masks will also be available at the clinical site
  • Athletic shoes (sneakers | no open shoes);
  • Transfer belt will be available at the facility (you do not need to bring your own);
  • Please have short nails 1/4-inch-long (no artificial nails);
  • Hoodies, fanny packs or sun glasses should NOT be worn when providing care to residents;
  • Shoulder length hair must be secured back away from face.
  • Navy blue uniform
  • Student ID/Name Badge must be visible to residents and staff

MEALS | LUNCH | DINNER

  • Breaks are assigned by your instructor. Usually, a student takes a break at the same time with assigned nursing assistant. Please bring your own boxed lunch or snack. Refrigerator and microwave are available for use. A vending machine with pop and snacks is also available. Alternatively, you may also choose to buy food at nearby restaurants. Use the facility address to search for restaurants

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Travel light: If you bring any purses/books/skills kit, bags or phone along, please bring a lock to lock your items.

PATIENT/RESIDENT CARE ASSIGNMENTS

Clinical instructor or nurse manager will assign you to shadow a staff member. You will observe followed by active participation in the care of residents. The required outcome at clinical is the student will progress to independence with resident care in the three clinical days. Often, you will work with the same group of residents or the same resident assistant all three days. However, the instructor may modify assignments each clinical day depending on staff availability and student needs.

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete all two days to successfully pass your clinical experience. Plan to be on time to report to clinical. In addition, you may not leave early from the clinical site without instructor permission.

 

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Preparing for the Job Interview

So you’re a little nervous. Okay, you’re very nervous. That’s to be expected. Fortunately, there’s plenty of preparation you can do before the interview to boost your self-confidence and ensure you make the best first impression possible.

Keep in mind that a good interview is a win-win. Your goals are to learn more about the company, job and culture to see if they are a good fit for you, and to persuade the interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job. The interviewer’s goals are to promote the company and gather information about you. Everyone has something to gain from a good interview. The following tips will help make your interviews a success. 


Nail Down the Details

Double-check the interview time, location and the interviewer’s name and title. Scout out the address and parking options in advance.

 

Dress for Success

Plan to dress formally, in clean, properly-fitting business clothes. If you can, investigate acceptable business attire at the company and dress accordingly. Style your hair neatly. Make sure your shoes are clean and polished. Wear a watch and be conservative with your jewelry.

Do Your Homework

Conduct research about the company and the position you are interested in. Check the company’s website and annual report. Prepare questions you’d like to ask the interviewer about the company’s philosophy, aspects of the job you are applying for and what the company requires of its employees.

Prepare Your Answers

Give yourself a competitive edge by being able to provide well-organized, confident answers in the interview. You can prepare for many of the interview questions in advance by:

  • Reviewing your own experience and employers.
  • Reviewing your technical skills, so you can answer specific technical questions about your expertise. Assessing your strengths. Make a list of your strengths by category: Knowledge-based skills from education and experience; communication skills and other transferable skills you take to each job; and your unique personal attributes. Memorize several from each category based on the strengths your employer will need.
  • Examining your weaknesses. Make a list of your areas for improvement. Practice answers that minimize the area and focus on ways you handle that weakness.
  • Preparing your “elevator speech.” Have a short, concise response ready about reasons you want the job, and ways you can make a difference at the company.
  • Demonstrating your “fit” with short stories about your accomplishments.
 

Anticipate Positive/Negative and Neutral Questions

Practice listening carefully to whether a question prompts an automatic positive or negative response. Turn the negative and neutral questions into positive examples.

Positive Questions

  • What are your strengths?
  • What can you contribute to our company?
  • What are your most significant accomplishments?
  • Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  • Why have you been successful?
  • Describe the ideal position for you.
  • Tell me about a situation in which you felt very effective on the job.
  • In what type of business environment do you function best?

Neutral Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • How do you communicate with managers/peers/subordinates?
  • How do you handle pressure?
  • What are your salary requirements and expectations? (Give a range, not a specific figure. Leave room to negotiate after the position is offered. Make it clear that salary is not the main reason you are interested.)
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What is important for me to know about you?
  • What is the key thing you have learned in your management career?
  • How do you set priorities?

What NOT to Ask

  • Personal questions about your interviewers, such as how they got their job, or what they think of the company.
  • The interviewer’s opinion of a former employee.
  • Politics or religion, unless the position is of a political or religious nature.

Wait to ask about company retirement plans, vacations, bonuses and holidays until you have received an offer or are in the process of negotiating an offer.

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Phone Interview Tips

Phone Interviewing

Tips Tip #1: Treat the phone interview as important as or more important than an in-person interview… Why? Because you are not inperson with the interviewer you miss out on subtle social interactions such as a firm handshake, eye contact, and overall body language. Due to the fact you’re on the phone means you have to work extra hard to stand out as the interviewer can’t ‘feel out’ the chemistry in-person. Take notes, ask questions, and do research beforehand like any other interview.

Tip #2: Focus… Cut out all distractions from your interview, it’s usually best if you can make the call in a quiet place at the comfort of your own home; but be sure that the television is turned off, your children are preoccupied, and the dog is fed. You, as well as the interviewer, need to have full attention on the phone call, and that can’t be accomplished with background noise.

Tip #3: Give yourself time… Many phone interviewees may try and fit their interview during their lunch break or in between classes. Make sure you have enough time to continue the conversation without cutting the interview short for you next commitment.

Tip #4: Have a computer handy… Having access to the web can be a huge advantage to your interview. The interviewer can’t see that you have a tab with the company’s website and a search engine for questions. Just be sure that the interviewer can’t hear your keyboard. Invest in a quiet keyboard if possible.

Tip #5: Print out your resumé… Having a hard copy of your resumé can help tremendously. Sometimes you may forget certain points or the interviewer may ask a question about your resumé they saw when you first applied. Above all else, you can use your resumé to take notes in the margins.

Tip #6: Be ready… Make sure you’re ready to answer the phone call five minutes before scheduled. Hiring agents sometimes call early as a tactic of testing candidates.

Tip #7: Do your homework… Prior to your interview, research the company online, talk to any contacts you have that might work there, and get a feel for the company’s culture by identifying its key focuses/priorities. Thoroughly review the job description of the position for which you are applying and come prepared with questions, as well as highlight why you would be the best fit.

Tip #8: Smile… The interviewer can’t see you, which makes it harder to project enthusiasm. Fortunately, if you smile it is proven to help convey happiness, enthusiasm, and excitement even over the phone.

Tip #9: Give clear, concise answers… Since the employer can’t see you face to face, you must be even sharper and concise with your answers. If you need a minute to gather or collect your answer, share that with your interviewer so there isn’t undefined quiet time.

Tip #10: Be honest… Just because you aren’t meeting in person doesn’t mean you should over-exaggerate yourself and your capabilities. Hiring managers sniff out candidates that seem too good to be true. Be honest about your capabilities. Not only does it convey trustworthiness, but also it helps the interviewer select their best candidates. The last thing you want as a new employee is to step into a role that is above your capabilities, because you fudged some details. Do yourself a favor, your future self will thank you for getting rid of overwhelming stress.

Tip #11: Avoid talking about money… If an interviewer decides to ask you about your desired salary don’t answer with phrases like: “I currently make X, but I want to make Y,” “I’m negotiable,” or “I’d rather discuss in person” These phrases tend to make interviewer move on. Answer instead with something like: “I need a better understanding of the total compensation package before I can state my desired salary.”

Tip #12: Follow up… Be sure to ask the interviewer for a timeline as to when a decision would be made, as well as their preferred way for you to follow up. Be sure to follow any guidelines the employer establishes.

Tip #13 Next steps… Be ready to be flexible to possible next steps or subsequent face to face interviews. Have your calendar readily available to schedule a next interview, if given the opportunity.

Tip #14: Say thank you ASAP… You didn’t have an interview at the office so there’s no commute home. Send the interviewer a thank you email as soon as possible before the interviewer stops thinking about you. You want to create a good impression, don’t wait to do so.

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Spring 2020 State Exam

Nursing Assistant Training - State Exam 

Please find more information about the state exam.

Q A What are the schedules and locations of the State Exam?

You can either register in-person or online. Click the links below to learn more about the registration process for each specific program:

Anoka | Brooklyn Park | Eden Prairie | St. Paul | Minneapolis | RosemountWhite Bear Lake | All the State Exam Sites in Minnesota

Technical and Community Colleges within the metro area: 

Anoka Ramsey and Technical College, Anoka | Hennepin Tech, Brooklyn Park | Hennepin Tech, Eden Prairie | St. Paul College | Minneapolis College, Minneapolis | Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount | Century College, White Bear LakeAll the State Exam Sites in Minnesota

Q A How much does it cost?

You will be required to submit two (2) fees for testing:

1. Administrative Fee. You will be required to pay the Technical College a fee for administering the examination. Contact your local Technical College to determine how much this fee is and the method of payment.

2. NNAAP and NA/HHA Examination Fees. The fees listed below have been established for the NNAAP and NA/HHA Examinations in Minnesota.

NNAAP Written Examination & Skills Evaluation  both  $64
NNAAP Oral Examination & Skills Evaluation  both  $64
NA/HHA Written Examination & Skills Evaluation  both  $64
NA/HHA Oral Examination & Skills Evaluation  both  $64
Written (or Oral) Examination ONLY NNAAP or NA/HHA  retest  $42
Skills Evaluation ONLY  retest  $22

Q A Search State Exam Sites by City

You can either register in-person or online. Most colleges are in-person registration. Click the links below:

Anoka | Brooklyn Park | Eden Prairie | St. Paul | Minneapolis | RosemountWhite Bear Lake 

Technical and Community Colleges within the metro area: 

Anoka Ramsey and Technical College, Anoka | Hennepin Tech, Brooklyn Park | Hennepin Tech, Eden Prairie | St. Paul College | Minneapolis College, Minneapolis | Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount | Century College, White Bear Lake 

Q A How do I register for the State exam?

You can register:

  • ONLINE
  • WALK-IN

REVIEW THE LINKS BELOW:

You can either register in-person or online. Most colleges are in-person registration. Click the links below:

Anoka | Brooklyn Park | Eden Prairie | St. Paul | Minneapolis | RosemountWhite Bear Lake 

Technical and Community Colleges within the metro area: 

Anoka Ramsey and Technical College, Anoka | Hennepin Tech, Brooklyn Park | Hennepin Tech, Eden Prairie | St. Paul College | Minneapolis College, Minneapolis | Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount | Century College, White Bear Lake 

Q A What do I need to bring at the State Exam?

Candidates are required to bring two (2) forms of current, not expired, official signature bearing identification to the test site.

One form of identification must be photo bearing. Photo copies will NOT be accepted.

Examples of proper identification include current, not expired:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • State-issued identification card
  • Alien registration card
  • Signed Social Security Card
  • Credit Card

Q A Do I need to wear uniform to the State Exams?

CANDIDATE VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

You will need to act as a candidate volunteer for another nurse aide’s Skills Evaluation and play the role of a nursing home patient (client). The evaluator will give you verbal instructions that will describe how you should act in performing the role of the client.

You must wear flat, slip-on, non-skid shoes, a loose-fitting top with short sleeves that can be rolled up to the shoulder, or tank top, and loose fitting pants that can be rolled up. You will be required to put a gown on over your clothing. In no case may candidates remove clothing down to undergarments. Prior to beginning the exam, you should inform the evaluator of any food or latex allergy or sensitivity to skin soaps or lotion. Any limitations to range of motion must also be communicated to the evaluator prior to the start of the skills examination.

For infection control purposes, you should not come to the test site with open areas/sores on the skin. Candidates with any open areas or sores on their skin should reschedule their skills test to a later date after their skin fully heals.

Q A What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions about your registration status, please visit our contact us page. Click here for more information

 

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