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The Appeal of a Career in Nursing Assistance

In today’s economy, every college student wants the assurance of knowing a job will be waiting for them once they finish school. Nowadays, students are picking their career choices based on what jobs are available. Despite the economic decline, the medical profession has continued to grow, attracting more people to the field.

One of the most in-demand medical careers is certified nursing assistants or CNAs. The appeal of becoming a CNA begins with the necessary schooling. Unlike doctors, CNAs don’t need a full college degree to join the profession. Instead, nursing assistants earn certificates that qualify them to work in the field.

The certificate saves students numerous years and a good deal of money they would have spent on medical school. Once you consider the fact that a large group of people in the medical field is about to retire, the career becomes even more appealing. In fact, CNAs are so in demand that schools like Charter Health Care Training are offering certification programs at exceptionally reasonable prices.

These classes, followed by an exam, are all that is required to reach certification. Through a combination of hands-on training and book work, students are taken on every aspect of a nursing assistant’s job. The hands-on training allows students to practice techniques and learn the ins and outs of the career before ever stepping foot in the workplace.

Once training is finished, the student can move on to the exam. The certification exam is given in two parts, a written test and what’s known as the clinical skills test, or CST.  In the clinical exam, the student is required to demonstrate their knowledge of human beings. After the student passes the exam, they are awarded certification and can begin their new career.

CNAs won’t have trouble finding jobs. Being in an in demand career ensures a very bright future!

5 Responses so far.

  1. Gertrude says:

    There are few occupations where one is in a position to make such a positive, lasting impact on another human being as a nurse does. Every day, nurses work with people who are at their most vulnerable – both physically and, often, emotionally. It’s the decisions these nurses make, and the care they deliver, that facilitates the patient’s healing, sculpts their perception on the experience, and often determines their condition (and their attitude about that condition) afterwards. I know from my own experience when I recovered from rhinoplasty surgery.

  2. Lucille says:

    I’m sure this is a very rewarding (or thankless) industry to work in and the demand for such services is certainly needed by the aging population in this country and all over the world. But every now and then, you hear a story that just makes you shake your head or just laugh at the absurdity. One such story is a news report I came across about a certified nursing assistant hired to care for an elderly Glenwood Road resident who was arrested Thursday night for allegedly hiring a prostitute to come to the residence while his client slept upstairs, police said. The details of the report are even more funny.

  3. Ronald says:

    The work of nurses and that of nursing school teachers is important. For instance, researcher Sheila Ridner, PhD, MSN, RN, Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is conducting a pilot study to examine the effects of yoga therapy on cancer survivors who have recently undergone treatment for some form of head or neck cancer. It certainly is a wonderful career path and a rewarding path. My friend’s wife got her RN degree and she loves her job.

  4. Clifford says:

    A decade ago, international nurses who qualified to work in the U.S. waited about one to two years to obtain a green card a stark contrast to the stories of foreign-educated nurses arriving today. Now the majority of international RNs hired in the U.S. have been on a waiting list for five to eight years as a result of retrogression a backlog of green card applications created because the federal government lowered the cap on the number of visas granted each year.

  5. Shane says:

    I will admit that when most people hear the term “Certified Nursing Assistant (we are calling it CAN here on this blog), the first thing that comes to mind is a career in a nursing home. While it’s true that this is probably the industry’s biggest demand for CNAs, there are other places to use this certification. One of the first things many nurses say they learned is that nursing isn’t about dispensing medicines, giving shots or even taking orders from the doctor. It’s all about learning to listen to your patients.

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