New OLIE Course – Mental Health Awareness

Riverside’s Behavioral Medicine Department sponsored an online training on Mental Health Awareness presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (course overview below). 

They have now made available a video of this course is via OLIE to view on demand. To view, log into OLIE and search under; NAMI. It will be the first course that appears in your search results, and the name is: National Alliance of Mental Illness Webinar – Mental Health Awareness (course code CLNBEH314). 

The first step to supporting your own and others’ mental health is awareness. This training will provide a foundation of knowledge on mental health & wellness. We will share resources, dive deep into the definition of wellness, learn how to recognize when someone is struggling, and identify ways to be supportive. Attendees will also leave the session with wellness strategies to better manage stress and engage in self-care. 

 Lastly, to reduce the stigma around mental health, a NAMI Chicago Ambassador will share their story of hope and recovery.

Note: This video is two hours in length but does allow you to stop and start as needed to view it. It may be slow to load based on your Internet connection due to the file size. 

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Riverside’s Organizational Development & Learning Department moves to Hoover on 4/5/2022

Organizational Development & Learning (ODL or Educational Services) is moving to Riverside’s Hoover Building on 4/5/2022 and will re-open for service on 4/6/2022. There will no longer be Riverside staff at KCC’s North Extension Center in Bradley as of 4/4/2022.

Where is ODL moving?
On 4/5, the Organizational Development and Learning (ODL) Department is closed to move to Riverside’s Hoover Building. The Hoover Building is located at 1905 West Court Street in Kankakee, IL. Our front door is the door facing Court Street. We plan to be fully re-opened on 4/6 at 8AM.

Why is ODL moving?
To move closer to the customers we serve and to be back on the Riverside Campus. We are grateful for the wonderful support from KCC and all of Riverside since 2017 when we moved off-campus. Our new space will allow us to be more efficient—and provides additional meeting space for the entire health system.

What are the ODL Phone Numbers and Hours?
Primary hours are 8AM to 5PM. Our phone numbers, fax and extensions stay the same.

Please continue to send training documents (checklists, etc.) to

Where is the HeartCode CPR skills station?

The HeartCode CPR station continues to be accessible 24-7 in B307 at Riverside Medical Center on the 3rd floor—south of the Room of Magic at the hallway intersection with the D Elevators. B307 is also our satellite office at RMC. We also have a HeartCode station at the Hoover Building.

How do I reserve a projection screen, AV equipment, HeartCode station, or CPR manikins?

Same as before–call or email ODL. You will need to plan for pick up and return of equipment.

How do I reserve a room for use in ODL at Hoover?

Call ext. 22702, or 815-935-3276, or email If you need access to complete online training, please call ahead to reserve a computer for your use.

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Hoover Open House Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out to view the recently renovated section of the Hoover building that will soon be home to Riverside’s Organizational Development and Learning Department.

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Earn while you Learn: Attend school with Riverside and KCC to become a C.N.A.

The Riverside Growing Your Future Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) Apprenticeship Program is currently accepting applications (click here for the application form). Applications for summer session are due to Riverside’s OD and Learning Department no later than April 25, 2022.  

Please contact the OD and Learning Department at 815-935-3276 or extension 22701 for more information—or turn in your completed application to OD and Learning or no later than 4/25/2022 for the summer semester. You will be notified if you are selected for the program along with your Director no later than 4/29/2022.

What is the Riverside C.N.A. Apprenticeship?

Riverside is committed to helping our employees throughout their career journey and has helped Riverside employees complete their C.N.A. while maintaining their Riverside job.  You can EARN while you learn.

The Summer 2022 Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship is an 8 week, competency-based program in which students attend classes at Kankakee Community College and complete hands-on clinical experiences 4, 8 hour days per week for Monday through Thursday (32 hours per week classroom/clinical time). Your registration fees, course fees, and books or related materials to attend the Kankakee Community College (KCC) C.N.A. program, if accepted into the program, are all paid and you are also paid for your 32 hours per week to attend the program by Riverside for your current position. 

Note: Fall semester is 16 hrs per week, meeting two days per week.

What happens when I finish the program?

Upon successful completion of the program’s coursework and meeting State of Illinois requirements including passing the NATCEP exam, participants become a registered State of Illinois C.N.A.

If offered a C.N.A. job at Riverside Healthcare, participants are expected to accept the position at Riverside for a minimum of 18 months or pay back the educational funding received towards his/her C.N.A. to Riverside.

Who is Eligible?

Interested Riverside employees must meet all KCC admission requirements for the C.N.A. program to be eligible to participate in the apprenticeship program and must be in good standing as a Riverside employee. Also, he/she must have worked at Riverside a minimum of 6 months before the program starts on 6/6/2022.

When does the program start?

Orientation for the summer session is 5/9 and classes/clinicals are 6/6 to 8/1.

What do CNAs do?

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are very important members of our Riverside healthcare team. Becoming a C.N.A. is often the first step in someone becoming a nurse.  C.N.A.s are responsible for helping the entire clinical team and patients too. The compassion and skill of a C.N.A. in giving patient care helps reduce stress for those who are sick and unable to care for themselves. We employ C.N.A.s in the hospital and in our senior life areas. Being a C.N.A. is hard work—and very rewarding.  It is a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a patient’s life.

Can I apply for the fall semester?

Yes, if interested in the fall semester (starts end of August 2022), please complete this application and note that you are interested in the fall. Return applications to Riverside’s ODL Department (email

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Transition to Practice Program – Cohort 3 Graduation

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer LaTivia Carr, along with Riverside Vice Presidents Kyle Benoit, Kathy O’Grady, and Dawn Willbarger, were on hand yesterday afternoon to congratulate our newest graduates of the Riverside Healthcare Transition to Practice Program. This six-month program helps new graduate nurses transition from academics to practice, further developing critical thinking, decision-making, leadership skills, and clinical skills to become successful partners in our health care team.

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