Who becomes a CNA?
- High school students who are interested in the healthcare industry;
- Parents who want to work while their children are in school;
- People who want to work with injured veterans;
- People who want to work with people with special needs;
- Family members who want to care for their loved ones at home;
- College students who are pursing a career in the healthcare industry, but need to work while attending classes
Healthcare facilities usually require Certified Nursing Assistants to have a high school diploma or GED and to pass a state approved training program.
What is a CNA?
As a CNA, you provide compassionate care for the elderly, wounded veterans, adults with developmental disabilities, and children with special needs.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Nurse Assistant (NA) are terms you will see that refer to those who have taken and passed a state test and are now licensed through their state to assist patients with activities of daily living (ADL’s). CNAs will help patients with dressing, eating, bathing, walking, or any other task that a patient might need help with.
Industry Outlook: United States
This is a great time to take advantage of the explosion in demand for Healthcare and Nursing professionals. These positions are offering great wages and excellent benefits.
The projected growth rate for CNA’s is expected to explode by 2020, as our population continues to age. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth is expected to be:
- 70% for Home Health and Personal Care Workers (10X the national average)
- 20% for Nursing Aides (2X the national average)
Industry Outlook: Colorado Springs
According to the 2015 United States Census, 10% of our residents are over the age of 65. This is approximately 40,000 people in our area who might benefit from the services of a CNA or NA. This number will continue to increase as our population ages over the next decade.