Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Leadership Academy

Once a month on Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00PM

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 nursing home residents and staff—more than one-quarter of the nation’s known COVID-19 deaths. Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable due to their age, their health, and their communal living arrangements. Nursing home staff who care for our seniors are among the nation’s most needed and most at-risk essential workers. We need to do whatever we can to keep the virus from spreading in nursing homes and to prepare and equip staff so that they can protect residents and themselves.

ECHO-Chicago series provides training via Zoom to expand Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) knowledge and skills to better administer care within the skilled nursing facility setting. In our sessions, you’ll gain skills through evidence- & case-based learning led by care experts from the University of Chicago. This series will address the COVID-19 specific training gaps relevant to CNA leadership who play the largest role in resident assessment, clinical decision-making, therapeutic planning, and transitions of care. CNAs will learn from experts and from each other, and the expert team will gain valuable insights from the direct experience of community providers. Between ECHO sessions, CNAs will have frequent check-ins with additional content, opportunities to network, reminders/lessons learned, and motivational messaging. 

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Treating & Managing Dementia
  • Depression &  Isolation
  • Transitions of Care
  • Communication & Documentation
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Health Disparities & Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Managing & Promoting Mobility
  • SNF Outbreak Response


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Topic Specialists

Jacob Walker, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Stacie Levine, MD

Director of Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program & Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Lauren Gleason, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Monica Long, RN

Nurse Educator with Symphony Post-Acute Network

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