Careers at Lifespan Health System

Nursing Assistant Training Program

The Workforce Solutions, Training, and Teamwork (STAT) Nursing Assistant Program features a series of free, educational training and support services, now offered through the Lifespan Nursing Assistant School, for those ages 18 and older. The program was designed by and for Rhode Island’s growing healthcare industry and will meet health care industry needs by transforming, in an accelerated manner, a group of unemployed and underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders into a prepared, well-qualified nursing assistant (NA) workforce to help care for patients.

Advantages of the Lifespan Nursing Assistant School

Enrolled students will receive:

  • Free tuition and classroom supplies
  • Wrap around support at no cost (i.e., books, childcare support, transportation assistance)
  • Convenient virtual classroom instruction
  • Employment transition coordinator services to bridge internships to future employment
  • Opportunity for employment at Lifespan for qualified candidates upon successful completion of the program

Nursing Assistant Training Program Information Sessions

Upcoming Information Sessions

Recruitment is open for our September 2024 Nursing Assistant (CNA) class! Please attend an upcoming zoom info session to learn more.

  • Monday, July 1, from 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 3, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 9, from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Monday, July 22, from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25, from 12 to 1 p.m.

All information sessions are held via Zoom. Use the link and password below to attend:

Attend an info session

Meeting ID: 739 9596 2002 

Passcode: 23egv2

Nursing Assistant School

How to Register

For information about the next cohort, submit this Workforce STAT Interest Form and you will be notified by email when the next program is scheduled to begin.   

Sign up online

More about the Nursing Assistant Training Program

Each cohort of students complete a free program consisting of: 

  • Classroom trainings through the Lifespan Nursing Assistant School, clinical rotations, and a four-week unpaid internship (subject to change). 
  • Hands on experience at a Lifespan hospital. 
  • AHA Basic Life Support certification.
  • Structured work-readiness training and workshops to build employability skills. 
  • The possibility of employment upon successful completion of the program.
Nursing Assistant Training Program

Hear from a Nursing Assistant

“The Lifespan Nursing Assistant STAT Program granted me the opportunity to obtain my CNA license over the course of several months. After graduating, this program enabled me to acquire a nursing assistant position at Newport Hospital, where I have been working with an astounding group of individuals, providing exceptional care to all patients. Not only did this program provide me with a secure job, but working as a nursing assistant has confirmed my passion for working in the healthcare industry. I will forever be grateful for the countless opportunities this program has gifted me, and I cannot wait to continue to serve this community. It is only the beginning, and I am looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Job Responsibilities 

The program will train students to:

  • Take vital signs.
  • Perform EKGs.
  • Perform blood sugar readings.  
  • Perform denture care/mouth care. 
  • Bathe patients. 
  • Feed patients.
  • Provide incontinence care/bathroom assistance.
  • Make occupied/unoccupied beds.
  • Perform phlebotomy (depending on floor assignment.) 

Program Completion Requirements 

Students should note that:

  • Attendance is mandatory. Any missed clinical time will need to be made up before certificate is awarded.
  • A certificate will be awarded to those candidates who have successfully completed the program.