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What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nurse (CNA)
You can’t go wrong with a career as a certified nurse (CNA), especially with the medical industry advancing each year and with the projections for long-term growth in healthcare. If you’re interested in the field, you’ll be required to train for a certain amount of hours in order to gain certification. Many CNA’s find work in long-term care and other nursing facilities and a lot of CNA's end up using their qualifications as a launch pad to get into more specialized healthcare fields.
Do you know anybody with a disability that needs a private nurse to come in and care for them? Most likely the person performing this service is a certified nurse (CNA). The CNA works in hospitals, retirement homes, assisted living facilities and private homes, helping to dispense medications, and assisting patients with their hygiene and daily activities.
The nurse CNA will also offer emotional support to those who need it. Because of the kind of care provided, it is only natural that a bond will form between patient and nurse. Many patients look forward to seeing their CNA every day, and it is a rewarding career in many ways.
You don’t need to be a fresh high school graduate to become a nurse CNA. The steady, decent income and the humanitarian factor of the job attract many middle-aged individuals.
There are a number of ways to take CNA classes. Almost every city has accredited programs at colleges, hospitals and some long term care facilities. Certain training programs are also available online for the theory sections. This is great if face-to-face training is inconvenient to you, once you have Internet access. However, you will still need to get your “hands on” skills training at your nearest medical center.
People are always going to need medical care at some point, and that makes working as a certified nurse (CNA) a smart choice. You can choose between performing home care assignments with a visiting RN, and working in geriatric care or even with challenged children, once you become certified.
Working as a nurse CNA is something most people agree is truly rewarding, no matter which patient category you choose to work with.