Community Education

Boundary County Diabetic Education Support Group

Meets second Monday of Each Month from September through May at 1:00 pm at the Fry Healthcare Education Center, 6671 Kaniksu Street, Building B, Bonners Ferry across from the Hospital helipad.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, it’s important to have support from other people with the disease such as the Boundary County Diabetic Education Support Group.

The more individuals know about the disease, the better they are able to manage their diabetes and prevent complications. The advantage of networking with other diabetics is that you can learn about health related issues and how it can affect your care. Many topics are covered including nutrition, exercise, reading labels, dental, ideas and suggestions from the group members.

Anyone is welcome to join the group including family members and caregivers. The group is moderated by Shantel Pluid RD, LD who is a dietitian at Boundary Community Hospital. Meetings are on the third Monday of each month September through May at 1:00 pm in the Fry Healthcare Education Center
at 6671 Kaniksu Street in Bonners Ferry. Call 208-267-3141 Ext. 4235 for more information.

Certified Nursing Assistant Certification

Standing (l-r): Gracie Adams, Aidan Webster, Nina Byler, and Malin Worley with Instructor Kris Patterson, RN in front.

Why study for CNA Certification?

Instructor Kris Patterson explains, “Whether at the local hospital, or at home with in-home services, the person more than likely helping take care of your personal needs is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  A CNA is someone who has completed a certification course that includes classroom, lab, and clinical experience to ensure they are able to provide personal care in compliance with the state’s regulations. ”

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.