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Why Become A CNA

If you are interested in a career in the medical or healthcare field, training to be a CNA, or certified nursing assistant, can be an ideal choice. Although there is training involved and you have to be certified in the state you live in, it takes a lot less training than if you wanted to be a doctor or nurse, for example.

CNA training takes less than a year, as compared to up to six or more years to become a registered nurse or doctor. Some hospitals even provide CNA training at no cost to those interested and qualified. Nursing assistants help patients with basic skills such as bathing, eating and dressing as well as dispensing medication.
Another appeal of the profession is that CNAs are always in demand, even in tough economic times and there are a variety of places you can work. Many nursing assistants work in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, although hospitals and clinics also hire CNAs and many CNAs work in patients’ homes too.

The hours can be flexible, and many facilities offer part time or full time work; in fact you can often work as little or as much as you need to. Many nursing assistants enjoy the flexibility and the fact that they can work four days on and three days off. Salaries are good in the industry too, and there are plenty of opportunities for advancement, regardless of where you choose to work.

Of course, if you are training to be a CNA, you probably like helping and caring for people, and it can be one of the most rewarding careers around. If you enjoy working with people, want a satisfying career with flexibility and challenges and want to work in the medical field with job security, becoming a CNA may be the career for you.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Andrew says:

    CNAs are an essential part of the long-term care workforce, but more than 60 percent of CNAs working in nursing homes experience work-related injuries, at least that is what I have read in certain news stories. This is not to say that this is not a good career path. It certainly is and most jobs in the health care industry are in high demand and will continue to be more in demand in the coming years, as the population ages. If the thought of those duties disturb you, then this career path is probably not for you.

  2. James says:

    I was looking at a graph about Certified Nursing Assistant jobs and I noticed that the wages vary by employer and by the assistant’s level of experience and responsibility. Depending on the employer, assistants who work full time may receive health insurance, paid leave, and a retirement plan. However, many jobs are part time and not all employers offer benefits. Wages also vary by employer and by the assistant’s level of experience and responsibility. Depending on the employer, assistants who work full time may receive health insurance, paid leave, and a retirement plan. However, many jobs are part time and not all employers offer benefits.

  3. Matthew says:

    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. The CNA training takes that to a very basic level and the job of the CNA is often vital to the effective medical treatment of other health care professionals. For example, the CNA who spends the most time with a nursing home patient may be the first to notice a change in that person’s attitude that reflects a serious medical condition or a reaction to a change in their drug regimen.

  4. John says:

    This seems to be a very hard job that is very under appreciated to say the least, when you go into a hospital who is it that takes care of you, is it the doctor, no it is the nurse and nurses aides. This is a great job but not very glorified if that is what you are after. If you are after a job that will gratify you by helping people this is it.

  5. James says:

    James that is so true you have a hard time sometimes finding that employer that is willing to offer you the things you need to survive and it is certainly that way for the nursing profession. I have however found that when they do find that right employer they are loyal and will work for them for years if not their entire career.

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