Training Programs Provide Meaningful Career Paths
Bruce Raymond was caring for his grandmother at the end of her life when, he said, “I had an important epiphany. I realized that I was very adept at caring for people who were sick, and that I found it fulfilling.”
Raymond enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in 2016 and now works at MMC in The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit as he continues his education to earn his BSN.
“Being of service to others has profoundly changed me and added meaning that I’ve sought my entire life,” Raymond said. Across the country and here in Maine, the demand for talented, qualified health care providers like Raymond is great. MaineHealth is committed to workforce training and development efforts and has been for many years. MMC’s CNA program is now 18 years old. The hospital sponsors 90 students per year, and 95 percent of them are hired by the hospital.
The Maine Medical Center School of Surgical Technology, which began in the 1960s, allows students to rotate through MaineHealth-affiliated clinical sites from MaineGeneral Health to Southern Maine Health Care. Twenty students graduated in 2017 and more than half are now working at a MaineHealth hospital. NorDx has also created a program to train phlebotomists to meet the needs of our hospitals and patient service centers.