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Become a Certified Nurses’ Aide

If you are thinking of becoming a CNA, here’s a list of a few important criteria to be considered before making this serious endeavor.

To begin with, check the statistics of people who have graduated and are employed in this position. School websites can be a great asset for this information. Look for schools with a high rate of graduates and successful employment for those who have moved into this field of work.

When looking at CNA schools, begin with the curriculum. Check to see that the courses offered are akin to other schools in costs, modes, and techniques and discover the experiences the students who have attended there have had since graduating. Many nurse’s aide schools are similar, so this will, hopefully, be a simple task for you.

Next, check out the teaching staff. Attempt to discover their qualifications and be sure that they have actual hands-on experience in this field of work.

Also, consider the cost of the classes. This should not be the most important aspect of a school, but it will allow you to consider the affordability for you in gaining a degree. Also, check on scholarships and financial aid that may be available to you. This may be a great asset.

Lastly, take a little tour of the campus to get to know what’s happening there. Modern campuses will often be a signal of a school willing to invest in their programs. Be aware of the equipment to see whether it’s new or older, worn-out and outdated.

When you know what to look for in your local certified nurse’s aide classes, it will be easier to start the process of application. Your career is one to be thought out carefully and choosing the right school is the first step.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Ross says:

    Nursing aides might not perform heart transplants like the surgeons on “Grey’s Anatomy, but they still hold patients’ lives in their hands each day – literally. From bathing, spoon-feeding and toileting patients in hospitals to providing them with oral care and moving them from one operating room to the next, nursing aides, attendants and orderlies are actively involved in helping the frail and the elderly make it through the day. That’s why patience and endurance benefit those interested in pursuing a career in this field.

  2. Kevin says:

    If I were to become a nurse aide, I would hope to work for a Center whose mission is to assist health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations and public policy makers in responding to the challenges of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and well-being of people and their communities. I would want to work at a Center that is committed to the idea that the nations health will be improved if the public is better informed about the work of health professionals.

  3. Anthony says:

    I was like most people at one point, in the sense that I didn’t even know that there is a job out there that is perfect for me. It’s a job where you need little training, and can start working in a hospital within weeks. You work in a health care facility and perform tasks that keep elderly patients healthy and comfortable. CNAs help patients by cleaning their beds, moving them around the room, washing them, and even helping with basic physical therapy. They don’t perform as demanding jobs like a more highly trained nurse, but their jobs are crucial to keeping elderly patients healthy and comfortable.

  4. Jimmy says:

    I have come to realize that this is a good job, but like any career path, it is not for just anyone. Those interested in becoming a nursing aide should be compassionate, patient and have good speaking skills. It’s important for nursing aides to express compassion and empathy for the sick men and women they care for daily, maintain patience in the midst of stressful situations and be able to effectively share their patients’ concerns with doctors and other health care workers.

  5. Jason says:

    I have enjoyed working several years with hospice as a Hospice Certified Nursing Assistant, It’s just who I am. I have always been the one who takes care of everyone. If someone needs help – I help them. I love what I do, and I would never think of doing anything else. Even when probed about a bad day or bad experience, I try to remain a very positive, warm, caring person you might ever encounter. I think these are important qualities for a CAN.

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