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How to Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Doctors and nurses are not the only ones that look after the ill, injured, or those dependent on others. Some of the most diligent caregivers operate behind the scenes performing specialized tasks. These persons are the Certified Nursing Assistants or CNA's.
If you like taking care of others you should take the opportunity to become a CNA. The training period may differ from state to state, but attending training is a requirement of all states. All CNA programs will involve both clinical and classroom training. At the conclusion of your CNA training you will be required to sit an examination before you can perform CNA duties.
When you become a CNA you will work together with and be supervised by an RN. The function of a nursing assistant is a very important one that meets the daily needs of the patient. The job may involve assisting patients with bathing and grooming, making beds and changing the linens, measuring vitals, and answering call lights.
Beyond continuing your education and becoming a Certified Home Health Aide, the options for furthering your education as a CNA are limited. However, if you’re thinking about moving up within the ranks of the healthcare industry, it’s a great career move to become a CNA.
1. Locate an accredited CNA nursing school near you. Not all states list approved CNA schools, but you can still take a look on the website of your state’s Board of Nursing. In addition, you can enquire at community colleges in your area, regional occupation centers, the Red Cross, and any local vocational school that offers the program that will enable you to become a CNA.
2. You should get in touch with any school that interests you. Have a look at their program to see what they offer and what you’re required to do. Take lots of notes to assist you in making a decision.
3. Use your notes to weigh each school against the other. Make an appointment to visit and tour the campus of the one you settle on.
4. When you visit the school ask a lot of questions. For example, you should find out if the school has open enrolment. Many schools offer open enrolment, which allows more students to complete the program rapidly. This can reduce the waiting period between CNA classes.
5. At the end of your course you need to sit an examination to become a CNA. The administering of the examination varies by state. In California, for example, the Red Cross administers the CNA exam. The examination itself also varies by state. In California the exam includes both a written and a skills portion. The skills portion calls for a physical display of skills learned in the clinical portion of CNA training.
6. Once you become a CNA you can start submitting applications for jobs in your area. Some great places to search for employment are assisted living facilities, and hospitals.