A certified nurse’s aide is a member of the health care team, and has received training in the provision of health care to patients. They are also referred to as CNAs and their duties include bathing, dressing, feeding and monitoring the vital signs of patients, in addition to making their beds. Some of the CNAs also ensure that patients receive their medication according to instructions.
If you’re interest lies in pursuing a career as a certified nurse’s aide, there are some key things that you should know. Some important facts that you need to be aware of, if you want to become a CNA are discussed below.
You Need a High School Diploma or GED
Although most CNA programs require a GED or high school diploma, the requirements can vary between programs. Students are usually required to have attained the age of 18 years.
The Education and Training Is Very Brief
The fact that the education and training needed is rather brief, results in many persons choosing to pursue a career as a CNA. The training can actually be completed in one month, if you attend classes full-time. Before being allowed to legally practice as a CNA, you are required to pass a competency exam.
You Will Have a Variety of Job Opportunities
After the required training has been completed and you have been successful in the competency exam, then you can search for employment in a nursing home, hospital, clinic or hospice. You also may work at the home of the patients providing the necessary health care.
You Can Move Up In Your Career
Many CNAs continue training to eventually become licensed practical or registered nurses. The responsibilities and demands of working in the nursing field will be understood, as you gain experience working as a CNA. Additionally, before becoming a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse, you may be required to first complete the training and become a CNA.