The Saratoga Sun -

Search for CNAs still a lingering condition


Doug Radunich

Merlynn Hoopes, RN, reads through "Nursing Assisting: A Foundation in Caregiving" by Diana Dugan, for information to use in teaching her next three-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training course. In the nearly 50 years she has worked in nursing, Hoopes said she has always seen a need for more CNAs in the field.

The search for enough Certified Nursing Assistants to well-equip nursing homes, hospitals and other medical facilities is still an ongoing battle, even in the Platte Valley.

Merlynn Hoopes, RN, program director and instructor of the CNA class, said she has always seen a need for more CNAs in the nearly 50 years she has spent in nursing. Hoopes began her work in nursing in 1966, and said she has loved it ever since.

"I love every aspect of nursing, and that's what it takes to make it," she said. "I have been doing this a long time."

Wanting to help others achieve the same happiness, Hoopes s...

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