May 2024 Newsletter

Nurse Aide Test Prep

May 2024


Detach OBRA from Nurse Assistant Education & Certification


We did it! On April 25, 2024, we hosted our first virtual meeting to discuss separating OBRA from nurse assistant education and certification. The event was well-attended, and we exchanged valuable insights on this important and hotly contested topic. The meeting was not recorded to ensure participants felt comfortable freely sharing their perspectives.


Don't worry if you missed the first one! We are keeping the momentum going with our second webinar on May 29, 2024, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Register here for another engaging discussion.


We are seeking OBRA content experts and individuals with knowledge or experience in lobbying or political connections. Let's come together for another robust conversation!


P.S. Please sign and share our petition here, which has garnered over 200 signatures and raised over $1,000. Donations are not required to sign. Thank you for your support!


Vicky Castillo MSN, RN, CNE/CEO/Founder

FACETS Healthcare Training, LLC

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California Nursing Assistant Educator's Conference

June 7 & 8, 2024

This event is quickly approaching, and there are still spots available! 
Join us on June 7-8, 2024 for a transformative conference designed for California nurse assistant educators! Explore emerging trends, share innovative ideas, and build a supportive community while earning 10 CEH credits. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Catch Vicky Castillo MSN, RN, CNE, founder and CEO of FACETS Healthcare Training, as a featured speaker at the event. Meet Vicky in person at the exhibitor's booth too!


Use discount code FACETS to receive $75 off an attendee online conference registration. Attendee information and registration here

Sponsorship opportunities, vendor registration, and information here


The Secret Cocktail Visits California

June 9-10, 2024

Do you enjoy teaching and have considered starting your own nurse aide training program? A great opportunity is coming to Los Angeles, California this June. Victoria Randle, the owner of The Secret Cocktail (a healthcare school consulting firm), is holding a two-day seminar June 9-10.  In this session, participants will complete the entire application process to submit to the California Department of Public Health to initiate their own nurse aide training program. Want to join? Learn more here.
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Introducing Vizulingo - an innovative solution for language training!


In response to the rising demand for home healthcare aides and the critical need for effective language training, Vizulingo offers a cutting-edge approach!


Leveraging mobile virtual reality (VR) technology, Vizulingo provides tailored English language training for non-native speakers entering the home healthcare field. By immersing learners in realistic scenarios, Vizulingo enhances communication skills and empowers individuals to provide superior patient care. With a growing shortage of home healthcare aides, Vizulingo's approach is poised to make a significant impact by bridging language barriers and improving patient outcomes.


Discover how Vizulingo is revolutionizing language education for the home healthcare sector. For more information contact Mark Murphy/ CEO at 

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California SNFs Build a CNA Workforce

Recruit, train, and retain a robust workforce with the
California Certified Nurse Assistant Program (CNAP) resources!
Long-term care facilities are eligible for multiple financial awards to support CNA training efforts. Learn more here.
Questions? Email Kathleen or visit
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Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators

2024 MAVA Connecting For Success Conference

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) is hosting its annual conference, the 2024 MAVA Connecting For Success Conference, from June 24-27, 2024, at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, Massachusetts, 01752.


Attend a featured presentation by Vicky Castillo MSN, RN, CNE on Thursday, June 27 at 1 PM EDT, focusing on "Transforming Nurse Aide Education." For event details and registration, click here or contact Bethany


Georgia CNA Virtual Skills Evaluation

Streamlining the nurse assistant skills certification process
The CNA Virtual Skills Evaluation (CNA VSE) project is an initiative within the Institute for Disaster Management (IDM), developed to address the shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in the state of Georgia. The project grew out of IDM’s work on the CNA Career Pathway Initiative, where it was identified that the critical lack of CNAs in the state was due, in part, to barriers in the testing process. Through this project, IDM’s goal is to streamline the skills portion of the CNA testing process by utilizing a regulatory-compliant virtual evaluation platform. 
How does this innovative skills testing work? Answer: A Registered Nurse Evaluator observes the Candidate through Zoom using a camera instead of being present in the room during the evaluation. There will be a Proctor in the room with the Candidate; the Proctor assists with positioning the camera so the Evaluator can clearly see each task.
More information here or contact email


National Association of Health Care Assistants

Get $200 off - thanks to the official NAHCA 2024 partner KARE


Ahoy, CNA community! 🚢✨ Embark on an unforgettable voyage where relaxation meets adventure, and learning blends with fun! Join us from November 7-11 on the majestic cruise ship Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, casting off from Galveston, TX, for a spectacular journey to the vibrant shores of Cozumel, Mexico.


Did you know you do NOT have to be a CNA to attend? Bring a family member, spouse, partner, child, or friend. They must be at least 18 years of age and purchase the same room as you. Don't miss the boat on this extraordinary adventure – secure your spot now and get $200 off - a limited offer.


Cruise registration, sponsorship, and details here or contact Lisa Houck, NAHCA Director of Business Development & Relations at

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