Certified Nursing Assistant
A job as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) can be a fulfilling career
that allows you to help people every day. You can also use the CNA position as a way to get started in
the healthcare profession while working towards
aquiring a nursing degree or nursing diploma.
The Certified Nursing Assistant
position will allow you to start earning money within a few weeks to a month. The annual salary can
vary between $23K to $34K depending on what part of the United States
the position is located.
Within a short period of time, you
will have a source of money to sustain you
financially while attending a college or hospital based nursing school to
pursue a nursing degree.
What Does a Certified Nursing
The duties of a (CNA) involve helping
a person complete the typical Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The CNA also
changes the bed linens, observes a patient's condition and acts as the eyes
and ears of the registered nurses and
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
include a person being able to feed, bathe, dress, groom, use the toilet and move around by
You can perform this job as a self employed person who goes to
the patient's house or as contracted help for nursing or other care
Nursing facilities, home and hospice
care agencies, and other alternative residential care facilities such as board and care homes or
assisted-living facilities are the typical places of
employment for certified nursing assistants.
Many (CNA's) work as hourly workers
at the nursing and care facilities listed above.
Certified nursing assistants in some
states can also work as medication aides or activity coordinators.
Requirements For A Certified
To receive the state credentials to
work as a CNA, a person is required to:
- Depending on the state, receive
a minimum of 75 hours of training. (Some states require a minimum of 120 hours of
- Sixteen(16) hours of
supervised clinical training is required.
- A person is required to complete
12 hours of continued education annually.
A certified nursing assistant will
also be required to:
- Have the ability to learn,
understand and calmly follow emergency procedures
- Learn and apply CPR
- Initiating a Code Blue as required
The total number of Americans in need
of long-term care is expected to grow to 27 million by the year
Becoming a Certified Nursing
Assistant (CNA) may be the ticket to never worrying about finding a job.
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