Health Support Specialist

Registered Apprenticeship Program

Leaders at the bedside

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What was HSS?

The Health Support Specialist (HSS) Registered Apprenticeship program was an approach to redefining how leading organizations and communities could prepare their workforce to serve older adults. HSS was guided by an understanding that the deep culture transformation we seek in older adult services starts with investments in a highly-trained and supported direct care workforce.

HSS represented a breakthrough in the traditional system of care delivery, creating opportunities for highly capable caregivers to advance in their lives and careers through cutting-edge skill training, rich on-the-job experiences, redesigned job descriptions, improved working environments, accessible career pathways, and meaningful wage increases.

The program ended in August 2020 but HSS remain leaders at the bedside, providing a new standard of excellence to inspire the aging services field for years to come.

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on-the-job training
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online classroom instruction

Challenging the status quo of caring for older adults.

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HSS Apprentices

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  • “I’ve learned to put the resident at the center of our work – taking the time to make them happy and get them more involved in their decision-making. Having consistent caregivers makes them feel comfortable.”

    DARLENE TUDAHL
    DARLENE TUDAHLHealth Support Specialist Good Shepherd Lutheran Services, Rushford, MN
  • “I feel like I have more responsibility in my current role than I did before. I also feel like I have more of a say in what goes on around here and feel like I can really make a difference now. Be sure it’s really what you want – it’s not a job, it’s a calling – and you have to really be in love with your job to dedicate yourself to it.”

    MOLLY TUBBS
    MOLLY TUBBSHealth Support Specialist Avera Morningside Heights Care Center, Marshall, MN
  • “Do it! HSS is a GREAT experience – a chance to learn things even the most seasoned aid hasn’t learned on the job.”

    NATASHA KISELEWSKI
    NATASHA KISELEWSKIHealth Support Specialist Good Shepherd Community, Sauk Rapids
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