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.