Education

Education is important in helping you make an informed decision. Midland Care offers general education for families as well as training for members of the health care community. 

Midland Care Progression Program
Have you thought about working in health care but have no training? New employees will join the Midland Care team as a Companion while participating in free education to receive their certifications. Midland Care will help you become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) with the option of progressing to a Home Health Aid (HHA).   You will be paid while participating in the Midland Care Aide Progression Program.   There is not an out-of-pocket cost to receive your certifications through Midland Care’s Progression Program. The Midland Care Aide Progression Program allows participants to get paid at a higher rate while employed as a Companion and working on their CNA certification. You would be paid at the entry level CNA payrate based on your location, which is $14 – $16.

The opportunity offers flexible schedules including days, nights, evenings, weekdays, and weekends. In addition, there are great benefits as a Midland Care employee.

  • On Demand pay option
  • Quarterly Incentive Bonuses – $500 for full-time employees & $250 for part-time employees
  • $1,000 sign-on bonus for full-time employees & $500 for part-time employees after completion of certification
  • Health insurance options for employee and dependents
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and dependents
  • Dental, vision, and prescription drug plans
  • Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA)
  • HRA program which assists employees with deductibles for Midland Care’s health insurance
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Extended Medical Leave
  • Bereavement Leave (up to 10 paid days)
  • Holiday pay (six holidays per year)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan, match provided
  • Free group life and AD&D insurance of $20,000
  • Optional voluntary life at group rates
  • Optional long term care insurance
  • Paid monthly volunteer time at non-profit organizations
  • On-site education center to provide professional development and CEU credits

Program Requirements
We welcome applicants 18 years of age and older to participate in the Midland Care Aide Progression Program.  Participants must meet a reading requirement for the HHA and CMA courses.

Apply for the Midland Care Aide Progression Program
Apply to become a Companion at Midland Care. No prior training or experience is required. Midland Care has an orientation program that will prepare you to be a Companion. This program is available in all markets Midland Care serves.

Complete the Interview and screening process
Once you’ve been successfully accepted into the Midland Care Aide Progression Program and completed the hiring requirements, you will be scheduled for your first day of work.

After you have started working as a Companion at Midland Care, you will be assisted through the process of completing your aide certifications.  There is no out-of-pocket cost for enrollment, textbooks, or certification testing.  

  • The time to complete your training for your certifications (course work and clinicals) will all be considered paid time.
  • Once each additional certification (CMA or HHA) is obtained, your payrate increases.
  • The CNA course consists of 45 hours of in-person and/or online instruction + 45 hours of in-person clinical, followed by a state exam. This is usually completed within 8-10 weeks.
  • The CMA course consists of 50 hours of in-person and/or online instruction + 25 hours of in-person clinical, followed by a state exam.  This is usually completed within 8 weeks.(Optional for some positions)
  • The HHA course is a 20-hour online class followed by a state exam.   This is usually completed within 4 weeks.

Opioid Education

Opioids are strong pain relieving medications. In general taking opioids as prescribed is safe and can be beneficial. However, they can also be harmful to your health and well-being. Your doctor wants to make sure that you understand the benefits and risks of taking opioid medications before they prescribe them for you. The following video will provide you with Opioid Education in hopes to allow you to make an informed decision about taking opioids.

Benefits (Good Effects) of Opioids:

  • Opioids can let me do my day-to-day activities by decreasing my pain. I understand it will likely not take away my pain completely.
  • I understand that other treatments together with opioids can do a better job of decreasing my pain and helping me function than opioids alone. These include physical therapy, exercise, counseling, injections, etc.
  • I understand that the benefit of taking opioid medications is to allow me to reach the treatment goals I have discussed with my doctor.

 Risks (Bad Effects) of Opioids:

  • Starting opioids may cause side effects
  • Long term use of opioids can have long term effects
  • You may feel more side effects (including drowsiness) when I first start taking opioid medications OR when the doctor increases the dose of the medication.
  • You are at higher risk of having an accident or injury during this time, especially if I drive or operate dangerous equipment.

Still have questions about Opioids?
If you have additional questions about taking opioids please talk with your doctor.

Resources:
At the beginning of the video, a form will be referred to. You can download the “Patient Consent” form. You can also access more information about Midland Care’s Palliative Care program.

Advance Care Planning and preparing Advance Directives are ways to make sure your healthcare wishes are followed by your family and physicians.

When your health changes and you are seriously ill, injured, or perhaps dying:

• Are there limits to the medical treatment you might want?
• Would your choices change if you became seriously ill?
• How would you want to be cared for when you are near the end of life?

Midland Care's Advance Care Planning, Advance Directive can help you think about and start the conversation about your end-of-life care. 

Download the Advance Care Planning Guide

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is a national education initiative to improve
palliative care. The curriculum was developed by nationally recognized palliative care experts with extensive input from an advisory board and reviewers. ELNEC gives professionals the knowledge and skills
required to positively impact the lives of patients and families facing serious illness or the end of life. Continuing Education credit is available. 

ELNEC features specially-trained, experienced healthcare professionals addressing eight core topics:
• Nursing care at end of life
• Pain management
• Symptom management
• Ethical/legal issues
• Cultural considerations in end-of-life care
• Communication
• Loss, grief and bereavement
• Preparation for and care at time of death

For more information about upcoming ELNEC courses, please contact education@midlandcc.org.