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Bartlett Regional Hospital Launches New Training Programs to Expand “Grow Your Own” Initiative

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Contact: Erin Hardin

Bartlett Regional Hospital is excited to offer a new licensed practical nursing (LPN) program in partnership with Alaska Pacific University (APU), in addition to welcoming another cohort of students into the hospital’s certified nurse aide (CNA) training program. The hospital is also opening its doors to high school and college students for summer internship opportunities in clinical and nonclinical settings.

“Today’s healthcare workforce shortage is not just a regional or statewide issue – it is a nationwide concern that presents challenges for patient care delivery,” said Kim McDowell, Bartlett’s Chief Operating and Nursing Officer. “We’re excited to expand our training programs and hope they help encourage people to explore a new career in healthcare so we can continue to build a sustainable workforce with talented members of our own community. If you have a passion for serving and caring for others and want to make a difference in many lives, we encourage you to apply.”

The LPN program is completed over two semesters and upon completion, participants are eligible to sit for the national examination and achieve Alaska licensure. APU representatives will be on the hospital campus April 11 and 12 to talk with prospective students and answer questions. The application deadline for the Fall 2023 cohort is July 1, and the first semester begins August 21.

The hospital’s CNA program is completed over 8 weeks and upon completion, participants can begin employment immediately and are eligible to take the Alaska competency evaluation. The application window opens April 10, and the program is scheduled to begin June 19.

Two, four-week internship sessions for high school students are available this summer. The goal is to introduce students to healthcare career options and provide flexible, hands-on learning opportunities. In the 12-week program for college students, participants work in a designated care area and shadow skilled professionals, gaining valuable experience and exposure to the hospital setting. The application deadline for all internships is April 7. The two high school sessions begin June 5 and July 10, and the college program begins May 22.

The Juneau Community Foundation, the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, and the Alaska Hospital and Healthcare Association provide generous support for the hospital’s training programs.

Interested applicants can apply and find additional program information on the hospital’s training opportunities webpage.