Who becomes a CNA?
- Family members who want to care for their loved ones at home
- 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
- College students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, but need to work while attending classes
Healthcare facilities usually require Certified Nursing Aides 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 Aide (CNA) or Nurse Aide (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.
CNAs have more contact with the patient than any of the other healthcare providers in a facility. CNAs know from day to day and hour to hour what their patients are doing, how they are feeling and if there is any change in their physical, mental or emotional state. CNAs are the eyes and ears for the nurses and doctors.
As a CNA, your training will consist of learning to perform the following basic duties:
- Communicating with the patient and others on the job
- Bathing and dressing the patient
- Helping patients into and out of bed
- Setting up and storing medical equipment
- Taking vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and respiration
- Feeding the patient
- Changing bed linens
- Collecting patient specimens and data
- Answering patient calls and delivering messages
80 hours of training to become a CNA:
- 40 hours of theory
- 20 hours of hands-on practice
- 20 hours of providing care to the elderly and adults with special needs at our clinical site