Placements provide an opportunity for the learner to demonstrate that they are safe to practice their knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) with a variety of individuals in a variety of care settings. Eligible placement sites include nursing homes/homes for the aged licensed by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), home support agencies which provide service to DHW clients, acute care facilities, or other approved care settings.
The learner will be scheduled for and must complete a minimum of 330 hours of placement. Placements may take place 24 hours/7 days per week over 12 months of the year. The learner applies, under RN/LPN supervision and/or with a mentor, the KSAs that have been learned and practiced in the classroom and lab.
The placements are divided into two components—skills development and mentorship. The direct supervisory ratio in the skills development is 1 RN/LPN supervisor to a maximum of 10 students. The mentorship is a one-on-one experience with the student being matched with a NS certified CCA/PCW/HSW/HHP mentor and under indirect supervision of the RN/LPN supervisor. It is the responsibility of the education institution to provide the RN/LPN supervisor and if required provide a direct supervisory visit during mentorship.
There are resources and tools available to the employer to facilitate the success of the CCA student placements.