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ASN Programs Offer New Beginnings

May 26, 2016

The Jewish Home’s Annenberg School of Nursing (ASN) is bustling with activity! As the vocational nurse (VN) Class of 2016 prepares to graduate on July 14th, recruitment is in progress for the Class of 2017.

The school is hosting Open House informational events on June 7th, July 19th, and August 2nd. Led by ASN director Marie Cordeiro, MN, RN, these events include an overview of the program, admissions process, financial aid, curriculum, and clinical sites. Cindy Thomas, admissions coordinator, and Barbara Noblet, financial aid director, will be on hand to discuss important enrollment information and answer questions.

In order to reach more potential students, ASN is also making Open House info available on their website. Online you can view a PowerPoint presentation, which provides an overview of the program, admissions process, financial aid, curriculum, and clinical sites. You can also see videos featuring current VN students talking about their experiences at Annenberg and sharing the impact ASN has had on their lives.

If you’re interested in the field of nursing, ASN offers three ways to begin and expand your career:

The 12-month, full-time vocational nurse (VN) program includes classroom and skills lab instruction as well as clinical training at local hospitals and other sites. A VN is trained to administer medication, change dressings, monitor vital signs, and maintain patient charts. The program prepares students for the NCLEX-PN® licensing examination.

The 22-day nurse assistant (NA) program focuses on all aspects of patient care. A NA learns to monitor vital signs, perform basic procedures and assist patients with activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and shaving. The program is designed to prepare students for passage of a state certification examination.

The home health aide (HHA) program trains students to help people who are elderly, disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They help with activities, such as bathing and dressing, and provide services such as light housekeeping. This is a five day (40 hours) program.

Registration for the nurse assistant and home health aide programs are ongoing.

There is a growing demand for nurses at every level as our population continues to age and nurses retire from the field. It is anticipated most future openings will be in nursing care facilities and home health care services. The number of VN positions in particular are expected to grow 25% from 2012 – 2022, faster than all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Annenberg School’s vocational nurse Class of 2017 is scheduled to begin on September 6, 2016. For more information, please register to attend an Open House by calling Cindy Thomas at (818) 757-4431 or visiting the ASN website at

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