Community Education

Diabetic Education Support Group Meeting Date Change

The October meeting of the Diabetic Education Support Group has been changed from the regularly scheduled 2nd Monday of the month to Monday, October 15th to accommodate a special guest speaker, Angie Mackin.

Diabetic Education Support Group

Meets second Monday of Each Month from September through May at 1:00 pm at the Panhandle Health Building Meeting Room.

Contact Shantel Pluid, RD, LD 208-267-3141 ext 4235 for more information

Healthy Holiday Meal Planning – Bonners Ferry Living Local Magazine November 2016

The October meeting of the Diabetic Education Support Group has been changed from the regularly scheduled 2nd Monday of the month to Monday, October 15th to accommodate a special guest speaker, Angie Mackin.

Angie Mackin is a Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA) who can offer unbiased and confidential help with Medicare and other health care choices to people of all ages and backgrounds. She is able to:

  • Determine general eligibility for health care coverage programs
  • Evaluate and compare health insurance plans and programs
  • Provide enrollment help with Medicare
  • Speak with 1-800 Medicare on your behalf
  • Make referrals to other agencies and programs
  • Collect and report possible fraud complaints

Let Shantel know if you’d like to schedule a private consultation with Ms. Mackin after the meeting to review your personal plan.

Certified Nursing Assistant Certification

Community Education

Why study for CNA Certification?

Many advantages exists for both men and women as Certified Nursing Assistants. Instructor Tracey Maas explains, “They are the back-bone of the healthcare system.”

A CNA has a wide-range of employment options. Employers hire CNAs to work in hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, outpatient medical and surgical offices, hospices, respite care, group homes, and in schools.

Choices available to CNAs include working with children, with the elderly, and with any age in-between.

For instance, many elderly people want to stay in their own home, but need some assistance with daily living. Often a CNA is qualified to offer that needed care. Many times indirect care like housekeeping and running errands are part of the CNA’s job. On the other end of the age spectrum, children with long-term problems and needs can receive good care in the comfort of their homes with assistance from a CNA.
Often CNAs decide that they want to further their education in the healthcare field and go back to school for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Registered Nurse (RN) degree. A CNA certification is an educational requirement for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) in many nursing programs.

Boundary Community Hospital employs nearly forty CNAs as full-time, part-time and per diem employees. Some have worked in our community hospital for many years; others are recent graduates of the CNA class.

Check out the CNA Program Offered by Boundary Community Hospital and North Idaho College

Scholarships May Be Available – Contact our Human Resources Department to find out more.