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Training for Certified Nursing Assistants
There are qualifications required to become a certified nursing assistant, and if you’re interested to become one, you have to receive proper training in order to do your job efficiently. For the basics, it requires a high school diploma and certification that you have finished your training (it can be in your local community college or a medical facility in your hometown). The length of time required in training to become a C.N.A is assorted – it all depends on where you enroll for the class. You don’t really have to have previous experiences in the medical field to enroll, so everyone is free to register.
Care facilities often offer training classes with pay. The average time of classes is two weeks, and the classes are held on site. Medical facilities offering training classes add in this kind of information when they advertise. If you apply for work in a facility that advertises classes free of charge, make sure to read every single condition. There are some amenities that need you to work for them for a certain period of time after you acquire the certification from free classes.
Who teaches the training class? Oftentimes a registered nurse (RN) is the one who trains the class. Because these sessions deal with a variety of topics (the scope can be positioning a patient, what to feed them, how to lift them, bathing them, and the basic care for them) a registered nurse is a great choice for a teacher. The registered nurse also teaches topics like how to deal with patients who are demented, patients who may be depressed, how to control the spread of infection and diseases, and how to deal with the catheter. It will be difficult if you are not interested in the condition of your patients, or simply cannot be bothered with medical facts. Classroom time is divided into two: theories and facts, and hands-on care.
A test will be meted out when the training class ends to find out the capability and skill of the student. The test consists of two parts: written test and clinical test. The written test touches on the basic questions about care giving, which shouldn’t be difficult if you have listened to your teacher because all of those topics were covered in the classroom discussions. When you perform your clinical test, expect to do five nursing duties under the supervision of the person who administers the test, usually a capable registered nurse of the state. The duties can be anything from what to feed a patient (basic nutrition), weighing a patient, the correct way to wash hands or giving a bedpan to the patient. Always remember to respect the dignity of the patient – your instructor will always take note of that. Patient dignity refers to simple things like explaining basic procedures to your patient before you perform it, knocking on the patient’s door, pulling the privacy curtain. Taking note of these simple things will be a great factor to your achievement as a certified nursing assistant.