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What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

What You Should Know to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Mike Selvon | ArticlesBase

With the healthcare industry growing every year and with the long term projections expected to continue growing steadily, you can’t go wrong choosing a career as a certified nursing assistant. However, there are a certain number of courses and certifications that have to be met in order to become a CNA. Many CNA’s work in the long term and residential nursing care facilities and many people use a CNA certification as a springboard to get into more specialized medical fields.

Do you happen to know anyone who has some sort of disability and needs private nursing care on a regular basis? If so, the person that they probably have coming into their home to assist them is a certified nursing assistant. In addition to being there to help them out with their daily activities and hygiene requirements, this aid will also help them with the dispensing of medications and even emotional support if necessary.

If you think about it, due to the kind of care that the assistant can provide, it is only natural that quite a bond can be formed between patient and nurse. Many people think highly enough of their CNA, that they will look to them instead of their own family members, in order to gain help in making various decisions.

You don’t have to be fresh out of high school to become a certified nursing assistant. It’s not unusual for individuals in their middle-age years to decide they’d like to pursue a career path that allows them to not only help people, but to also have a good, steady income.

There are several ways to take classes to become a CNA. There are accredited programs at medical assistant schools in nearly every city and state. If you live in a rural area and have access to the internet, then certain schooling programs are also available online for the written portions, but you will still need to apply to the nearest medical center possible to get your “hands on” skills training.

As long as there are people, they are going to require care on one level or another and that is what makes working as a certified nursing assistant such a smart choice. Once you become CNA certified, you will have the choice of participating in home care assignments assisting a visiting RN, or you may choose to work in elder care or even with challenged children.

No matter which path your choose, working in nursing assistant jobs is a career choice most people agree is truly fulfilling.


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    Just an FYI...Please AVOID any/all online CNA training programs as they are NOT approved by any nurse aide regisitry from ANY State...
    Also, from above, Medical Assistants and Certified Nursing Assistant should not be inter-changeable words...
    If you have any other questions or comments please let me help you make the RIGHT choices when it comes to your CNA education please contact me.
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    I think CNA's are really under paid to do alot of work that is expected of them and this is the only reason why i'm just ready to skip that and just go for my LPN for BSN. I can't do daily routine care everyday and not get a good pay check. I feel like that now doing home health aide and i'm alittle bored with that.

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    unfortunate

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    I am a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and also a Certified Home Health Aide with a combination of at least 12 years of experience working in home care, nursing homes,assistive living and lastly hospitals. My last job was at avery prominent and high tech south jersey hospital where I worked as a Multi skilled tech, which is the same as being a CNA, PCT or CHHA,however a few months ago I was involve in a motor vichele accident which leads to me having a shoulder surgery which led to the lost of my job.With all my years of experience Iam now struggeling to find a job because my certification is not current and I don't have the money to do what needs to be done right now I desperately need a job so i canpersue renewal of certificate and continue to do what i love to do and realy know how to do.Please reply to unfortunate

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    about 5 years ago

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    The American Red Cross offers a Nursing Assistant Training Program and the class takes 3 weeks to complete.

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    about 5 years ago

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    Was very informative, but I don't think any CNA courses should be taken on the internet because they may not certife you.

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    retta

    over 5 years ago

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    i went to school for medixal nursing assistant i grad from the school but...i was and am not cerified..i want to be cerified i went to everestt inst in dearborn michigan they lied to us was not up front to us and no i did not get certi

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    samanthaandchris

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    I am looking for an online CNA class and I have been having some trouble finding any would someone please let me know of any? Please let me know at sweetpeaandsweetheart@yahoo.com. thanks

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