HAMPTON, Va. - Lisa Terry started working with seniors as a certified nursingassistant last year. She left her job as a security guard for thesecurity of a job in healthcare.
"I give them a bath somedays. I might have to feed them, assistthem to the bathroom, you know, just general care," she said.
The best part she says, Riverside Regional Medical Centertrained her for free.
They also paid for most of Mercy Haag's education. She startedas an activities coordinator at a seniors home and now, 15 yearslater, is an assistant director of nursing.
"I love it. I enjoy my position right now and hopefully one dayI will become a director of nursing," said Haag.
All Hampton Roads Hospitals have similar scholarship programsand we found out all of them are hiring.
"We have jobs that require little training such as certifiednursing assistants. We have 90 openings for CNAs today," said MikeMartin, Vice President of Lifelong Health and Aging RelatedServices with Riverside.
Martin says the reason is simple, people will always needhealthcare and as baby boomers get older we'll need even more ofit.
"It's almost hard to get your arms around the fact that theworld has never seen this many older people."
Riverside already serves more than 3,000 seniors a day atdaycare centers like PACE in Hampton, and through homehealthcare.
So yes, Martin says job security is better in healthcare than inmost places and Terry says so is the pay.
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