Are you looking for an exciting healthcare career that gives you a chance to provide intimate, hands-on health care to patients? Think about a career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). These healthcare professionals assist patients in many ways under the guidance of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse.
To become a CNA, you will need to obtain a high school diploma or GED, plus nursing assistant training. CNA programs are available at community colleges, trade schools and medical facilities. Be sure that the program you select is approved by your state’s nursing board or by the National League for Nursing Accredited Commission (NLNAC). Accreditation is essential, particularly if you plan to continue your education in the future. In CNA classes, you will learn about infection control, vital signs, and providing personal care. Many schools now offer online options for obtaining a CNA certificate.
Upon successful completion of your training, you will need to pass a CNA certification examination. This exam consists of written and practical components. The written portion consists of multiple-choice questions, and you will receive 90 minutes to complete the test. Next, you will receive 30 minutes to complete the clinical skills exam. This portion will test you on four randomly selected skills to demonstrate your competency. Every two years, CNAs must complete at least 48 hours of continuing education. Employers often cover the cost of these courses.
The Job Duties of a CNA
As a CNA, you will care for patients who are ill, injured, disabled, and otherwise unable to care for themselves. In most health care settings, CNAs are the health care professional most encountered by patients. A CNA performs a variety of primary duties that are essential for the comfort and recovery of patients. Some of the responsibilities you can expect as a CNA include the following:
- Monitoring patient vital signs
- Answering patient calls
- Documenting patient health issues and reporting them to nurses
- Feeding patients
- Cleaning rooms and bed linens
- Dressing wounds
- Bathing patients
- Stocking and gathering supplies
With an aging population, the pressure for health care workers has never been higher. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the next decade’s growth rate for nursing assistants is 9%. The average salary for CNAs is $32,320 per year. An option for increasing wage and employment opportunities is a CNA to RN program.
As a CNA, there are many health care settings in which you can use your skills. The settings include local hospitals, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. Within all these settings, you can treat various patients from the very young to the elderly. Additional opportunities will open as you gain further experience in your career. If you want to advance your career as a CNA in a variety of healthcare settings, check out the opportunities available for you right now at CnStaffing. The professional recruiters at CnStaffing can help you find a job that fits your lifestyle and helps you reach your professional goals.