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Finger Lakes Hires: Have You Heard? Region in Need of Nursing Assistants

Contact: Michael Woloson
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board spotlights regional needs in healthcare including Nursing Assistants

While healthcare systems continue to operate under unprecedented stress during the pandemic, including recent mandates for vaccinations and continued workforce shortages, Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) continue their work as the “backbone” of healthcare.  They perform non-medical services and supports for residents who need help with daily living activities. They assist in the safe and compassionate care of residents under the direct supervision of licensed professional nurses (LPN). CNA work is the intimate care of our friends and family members and often the people – patients interact with most and over time develop long-lasting relationships. Although a CNA is an entry-level position, it is a pivotal stepping-stone to further healthcare professions, such as LPN or RN or healthcare management. Healthcare professionals often share “they have a calling to take care of others”. If this is you – you are needed now more than ever!

Senator Pam Helming said, “CNAs are an essential part of the health care system, serving on the front lines of patient care and attending to the physical and emotional needs of our loved ones. Our region needs nursing assistants and nurses more than ever, and this need will continue to grow. I encourage anyone who has a passion for helping others and serving their communities to consider a career as a CNA and to take advantage of the local training programs available. Thank you to Finger Lakes Works for promoting awareness of these workforce needs and opportunities.”

Nurse Assistants Program of Study

Adult and secondary nurse assistant programs prepare students to become certified nurse assistants. (CNAs) in New York State must be obtain their CNA license by the New York State Education Department in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health.  In order to work as a (CNA) in New York State, a person must successfully complete an approved nurse aide training program and pass the exam. Local training programs are available through Finger Lakes Community College and Finger Lakes Health.  Training sessions are scheduled to start on November 4, 2021 and January 11, 2022 through FLCC; November 8, 2021 and January 4, 2022 through Finger Lakes Health. 

Occupational Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow eight percent from 2020 to 2030.  Average annual wage four the Finger lakes four-county area is $32,300.00 according to Jobs EQ (labor data software tool). Local hospitals and nursing homes offer full and part-time positions available on all shifts along with competitive pay rate, generous benefits, in modern, high-technological environments.

Next Steps:

Finger Lakes Works is a system of workforce development partners offering career counseling, workshops, training funds for eligible working families, on the job training opportunities for businesses, tax credit information and much more!  To contact the career center nearest you and find out what career awaits you.


The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is to improve the economic well being of job seekers and employers in the region by aligning human potential with opportunities in the workplace.

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