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How Can I Achieve CNA Certification?
Patients usually receive routine care from Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's), who work under the direction of nursing and medical staff. Specific high school programs, vocational-technical centers, community colleges and in a few cases patient care services, for example rest homes and retirement communities, all offer CNA training. You can get CNA certification by passing a state exam.
Learning to check blood pressure, take temperatures and bathe and feed patients are some of the basics of personal care covered in your CNA certification training. You will also learn about anatomy and bodily processes, diet, communicating with patients and correct actions to manage disease and control infections.
CNA's that work for health services that accept Medicare compensation are required to pass an aptitude exam based on Federal guiding principles. It may also be a requirement that these CNA's be licensed, depending on the state, which involves extra training and skills testing.
CNAs who work in nursing homes must complete at least 75 hours of state-approved training, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are also required to take and pass a proficiency exam.
On the Job Training
Teaching may be provided on the job in some cases by your working with qualified aides, and by getting orders from a certified nurse.
CNA certification is usually given to candidates in good physical condition, who pass a medical examination, skills tests and in some cases a background inquiry. Candidates should be tolerant and considerate, reliable and must possess the desire to assist the sick or senior citizens with routine, everyday tasks.
Opportunities for Advancement
The prospect for advancement as a CNA will be restricted. You will need extra training if you want to advance through the ranks of nursing. You can continue studies to become a licensed practical nurse or a registered nurse.