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Starting a Careers as a Certified Nurse’s Aide

A certified nurse’s aide is an allied health care worker who has been trained to provide basic health care to patients. Certified nurse’s aides are also known as CNAs. CNAs spend their days making beds, bathing, dressing, feeding patients and taking vital signs. Some CNAs may also administer medication to their patients.

If you are interested in starting a career as a certified nurse’s aide, then there are a couple of very important things that you need to know. Below are some key facts that you need to know about becoming a CNA:

You Need a High School Diploma orGED

The requirements needed to start a CNA program can vary, but most programs require that you have a GED or high school diploma. Additionally, many programs require that students be at least 18 years old.

The Education and Training Is Very Brief

Many people choose to become CNAs because the education and training needed is very brief. In fact, if you attend school full-time, then you may be able to complete the training in one month. Keep in mind that you will have to pass a competency exam before you can legally practice as a CNA.

You Will Have a Variety of Job Opportunities

After you complete the necessary training and pass the competency exam, you will have the opportunity to work in a hospital, nursing home, hospice or clinic. You can also provide care to patients in their homes.

You Can Move Up In Your Career

Many CNAs go on to become licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. The experience that you will get working as a CNA will help you understand the demands and responsibilities of working in the nursing field. Additionally, you may be required to become a CNA before you can become a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Jorge says:

    A CNA is what they need in the in home health care profession correct? You don’t have to be a nurse but you have to have certain training that allows you to treat certain things right? This was a very helpful post in information you of what you need in order to get this far anyway. Keep posting helpful info like this because I will check back later.

  2. Steven says:

    I see one big reason to be in the healthcare field in any capacity is because there are more elderly people. The population is getting older statistically for several reasons like fertility. It is also down to people not having as many children now or as in my case none at all. We decided many years ago that we simply did not want to have them and there are many women who have made this decision.

  3. Amanda says:

    You can move up in your career that is true but it takes a lot more school to do that. The courses are short in nursing school which is actually a little scary when you think these people are taking care of you in the hospital when you are sick,you want them to know what they are doing right? This is a great post with some thought out reasons.

  4. Claudia says:

    Getting the exposure to other Health Careers has got to be one of the great benefits of a nursing career. CNAs work closely with licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses. This provides an opportunity for you to watch these professionals daily to understand their work, which is beneficial if you plan to advance to these positions in the future. You also have the opportunity to obtain professional guidance from them so you can make choices that are best for you.

  5. Georgette says:

    I noticed that the majority of nursing assistants happen to be from Haiti. This makes me wonder if that country, despite the floods and earthquakes it has experienced in recent years, has continued to churn out people with nursing assistant degrees. My Aun’t friend is an elderly woman and she has hired and fired many live in nurses and all of them are either Haitian or Jamaican. I’m just wondering about where all those nurses are getting their degrees. I think it might be in the U.S., and it’s more a matter of people from those cultures that are interested in these jobs.

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