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.

You can find CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) in every area of healthcare: hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, labs, home health agencies and more.
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. 

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.