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Become a Certified CNA
Are You Right for to CNA Job?
To become a CNA you must be able to show empathy and have a yearning to help people before you can even think about becoming a certified CNA. It can be an extremely satisfying job, but it is not easy to do. New CNAs often experience dismay when besieged by the workload and quick pace. Nursing assistants who handle stress best when faced with difficult circumstances are those with genuine concern for the people they are looking after.
Certified CNA assistants who see their work as "just a job that pays the bills" more often than not are unsuccessful and may have made a wrong career move. Self-confidence, tolerance and a certain level of maturity are essential to do the job well. In addition, good interpersonal skills with an emphasis on being a team player are particularly important qualities for all health care workers.
How do You become a Certified CNA?
Becoming a CNA is not as difficult as you may think. However it is important to know that each state has different requirements regarding the amount of time required for training and testing. You can get in touch with your State Nurse Aide Registry and/or State Licensing Board for details.
Nursing Assistants, Nurses Aides, Nursing Assistants, Orderlies, Patient Care Technicians, and Home Health Aides are just some of the names CNAs are known by, depending on where you live and work, so keep this in mind as you do your research. Another point to remember is that you must be prepared to submit to a criminal background check and a drug test as this is now a requirement.
Certified CNA Assistants are in Great Demand!
A lot of long-term care and hospital services have been having trouble hiring and keeping competent staffing in recent years, and being a CNA is not for everybody. Our country has a predicament in the area of direct care giving with shortages in CNAs rating among the top causes. This shortage of caregivers together with rising long-term care needs of elderly people is basis for the great demand for CNAs and resultant job opportunities.