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Certified Nursing Assistant Schools
Are you thinking of establishing a healthcare-related career? Are you aiming to becoming an RN in the near future? Well, being a Certified Nursing Assistant out of School isn’t exactly the most celebrated career in the field of healthcare but it is one of the most rewarding and will definitely pave the path for you in becoming an RN.
When you go to hospitals during emergencies or just drop by for your appointment, the people who greet you first and make sure you’re okay are actually CNA’s, not the Doctors and Nurses themselves. See, it puts you in the frontline of patient care! Mind you, being a Certified Nursing Assistant isn’t exactly a career for just anyone. It takes a great deal of patience, hard work and genuine concern for patients to be one. One must also be in top-shape to be able to survive the responsibilities of being a CNA. You must be able to deal with stress because you will be dealing with a lot of it if you choose this path. Well, if you really do have genuine care and concern for others then you’ll be able to deal with all of this.
So you think you meet the expectations? Well, the most important step left for you to make is to decide how you want to receive you certification considering how much you are willing to spend on tuition. You can choose to enroll for online classes or learn at school. Make sure that you do an extensive research on the background of the school you plan on enrolling to. Choose a CNA School that is well established and you deem competent enough to give you proper training in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.
There are plenty of promising schools that offer CNA classes. Classes are usually spread throughout 6-12 weeks of intensive training. CNA classes include training in anatomy, basic patient care, nutrition, physiology, and infection control. A truly competent CNA school will also require you to have hands-on training in hospitals and clinics to make sure that you put the theories you learn in the classroom to good use in actual hospital environment.
To be able to take the certification test, one must have completed at least 150 hours of training. 50 hours of which is classroom instruction and lectures, and 100 hours of hospital and clinical training. One you have taken the certification test and passed, you are still required to take a TB (Tuberculosis) test, general health screening, and a criminal background check before you can seek employment. Most CNA schools will assist their graduates with these requirements and some actually help in seeking employment.
You can definitely go very far with this career in mind. So, you think you’re up to the challenge of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant? Then consider choosing how you aim to study and which school you deem competent enough to give you efficient training! Don’t forget to conduct an extensive research about your chosen school. Good luck in your endeavor as a Certified Nursing Assistant!