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Certified Nurse Assistant: Continuing Education
Ever considered working as a certified nurse assistant? This is a good move if you want to work in the medical field. CNAs provide basic medical support to patients, and are a very important part of medical teams. Federal Workforce dollars pays for continuing education in this field in some cases, and you may qualify.
Call your county employment office to verify whether you’re eligible for this free continuing education. Your local library and Area Agency on Aging are also good places to look. The Federal Workforce Program normally assists with job placement after the conclusion of the program.
A registered nurse, LPN, or doctor must always supervise a CNA. The chief responsibilities of these assistants consist of giving hands-on nursing care to patients in several different types of healthcare setting.
The CNA is often one of the first people a patient sees in a doctor’s office. Measurements of weight, height and vital signs are all taken by the CNA. As a CNA you may also work for a specialist or hospital.
A certified nurse assistant must complete a training program that is approved by his or her state of residence. He or she must also do at least seventy-five hours of training and take a competency test in order to be listed on the state registry of certified nursing assistants. Each state has its own registry and the nurse assistant must make a fresh application when moving to a new state.
When selecting a program ensure that the State Board of Nursing or whichever state agency responsible for approving CNA curricula endorses it. It makes no sense enrolling in an unapproved program. Bear in mind most states do not accept certificates from online or correspondence training programs.
Continuing education as a certified nurse assistant is one good way to enter the medical field. There are a lot of opportunities to make progress as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, once you decide to continue your education.