Personal Care Assistant (PCA) / CNA Trainee Full-Time, Paid Training Position

Pioneer Medical Center is offering paid training, preparing employees to test for Montana certification as a CNA.

If you are thinking of starting a meaningful career in healthcare, whether as a career CNA or as a first step in your RN/LPN nursing education, you can get a full-time job with pay and benefits to do both the hands-on patient care & on-line training in our 4-6 month training program.

CNA’s are part of the Nursing team. Nursing requires people who are caring and patient, physically fit (requires dependable attendance, lots of walking, lifting, pushing & pulling), and have an excellent teamwork attitude.

Good communication skills, in speaking, reading, writing and entering information in computers are used every day. The training program includes instruction on recording information in patients’ computerized medical records.

At Pioneer the nursing team works 3 or 4, twelve-hour shifts each week. All team members work their share of weekends and holidays.

Our training program is open to women and men.

Montana does not require a high school diploma or GED to license as a CNA.

For more information call our HR group at 4O6.932.46O3 or download an application from this site (you can also get an app from the Receptionist at Pioneer Medical Center) and send it in or drop it off.

Pioneer Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The Job Description:


Under general supervision of a licensed Nurse, assists in the delivery of patient/resident care. Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary care team to meet the physical, psychosocial, educational and spiritual needs of the patient/resident and family. Participates in scheduled and ad hoc hands-on, classroom and on-line training, learning skills required to test for the Montana CAN certification.





  1. Learns, and then supports and models behaviors consistent with Pioneer Medical Center’s Mission, Vision, Values, Code of Business Conduct and Service Expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.
  2. Learns, and then uses a holistic approach, performs basic nursing care and treatments within scope of practice, as directed by the supervising licensed nurse, to include the goal-directed plan of care for each patient.
  3. Learns how to, and then enters complete, accurate and timely information entry into patients’ medical records, as indicated by patient need and documentation guidelines, consistent with departmental policies and procedures, including but not limited to, the activities of daily living (ADLs), vital signs, intake and output measurements, and hourly rounding.
  4. Adheres to Pioneer Medical Center safety standards, policies and practices. Anticipates and identifies problems and safety issues, then initiates appropriate action.
  5. Learns and uses performance improvement principles to assess and improve the quality of patient/resident care.
  6. Learns and then uses collaborative, supportive and caring behaviors in communication with patients/residents, families, visitors and the interdisciplinary care team.
  7. Takes responsibility for identification of own growth and development needs; meets all training program, system and departmental educational and continuing education requirements.
  8. Performs all other duties as assigned or as needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.




Common policies and procedures, both organizational and departmental

Compliance Program

Code of Conduct

Regulatory standards (i.e., State Survey, OSHA)

HIPAA and confidentiality requirements

Patient care treatment, planning and assessment within scope of practice

Patient rights

Infection control and safety practices, policies and procedures

Basic medical terminology

Basic anatomy and physiology

Customer service techniques and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary care team with a variety of developmental and sociocultural backgrounds

Performance of tasks and procedures as directed by the RN and/or LPN in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols

Operation of patient care equipment and electronic applications

Incorporate cultural and age appropriate care into all aspects of communication and patient care; scope of services provided will encompass age groups ranging from infant to geriatric

Demonstrate professionalism, empathy and sensitivity necessary to develop & maintain a competent & caring presence, elicit patients’ cooperation and allay patients’ apprehensions

Provide/relay information to patients, residents and/or families, and report on patient condition and/or significant observations/information to other members of the interdisciplinary care team, as appropriate

Communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing

Establish and maintain collaborative relationships

Work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary care team

Work with general supervision

Prioritize work tasks and re-prioritize as necessary, optimizing use of time available to function effectively in a sometimes chaotic work environment with a large number of rapidly changing priorities

Lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds, unassisted

Participation in a Healthcare Provider CPR or BLS certification training program


Customer service techniques and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary care team with a variety of developmental and sociocultural backgrounds

Performance of tasks and procedures as directed by the RN and/or LPN in accordance with established policies, procedures, and protocols Operation of patient care equipment and electronic applications


Incorporate the learned skills listed above into effective patient care.


Professional conduct in dealing with difficult situations with co-workers, patients, families and visitors. Requires ability to deal with patients with acute, chronic and complex disease processes and those who are dying.

Resourcefulness in dealing with simple to moderate complexity requires ability to prioritize duties with assistance of nursing personnel.



Ability and willingness to be present for, and fully participate in, the scheduled and ad hoc training necessary to prepare for the Montana CNA licensing exam.

Ability to, and demonstrated consistency in, learning and doing all tasks related to the patient care teamwork involved in good patient care.

Physical, mental and emotional fitness necessary to fully contribute to the interdisciplinary care team.



Normal patient/resident care environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust or extremes of temperature. Regular exposure to odors and difficult patient/resident care activities.

May be required to work varying shifts. Will be required to work weekends and/or holidays.

Will be required to learn care in several care areas, as assigned.

Utilization of computers and electronic applications for clinical information systems.

Routinely participates in the situations typical to caring for patients dealing with injuries, illnesses, dying and death.

Frequent standing, walking, lifting, bending and stooping.

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