By Lanee’ Blunt
|Become a CNA.|
Make sure that your CNA program meets both Federal as well as State CNA (certified nursing assistant) needs. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant is an excellent way to enter the medical field even if you aspire to be a register nurse. The nursing assistant training prepares students to operate in health care facilities including nursing facilities, hospitals, home-care and hospices. State requirements differ from state to state for nurse assistant certification.
They have over two decades of experience in training nurse assistants. The Red Cross offers CNA students a training class that meets Federal and State requirements. The training is supervised by registered nurses and designed to meet the requirements of your particular state in which the Red Cross chapter is located. Most of the class sizes are small some no more than 14 students. The tuition is reasonable. After graduation the Red Cross helps students find a job. After the course is completed you are eligible to take the state certification exam.
CNA programs are available in community colleges, and vocational schools. Some programs can be completed in five weeks. After graduation and passing your exam you'll be qualified to work in home healthcare, long-term care facilities, private hospitals, and will be placed on a state registry. At the end of the course, you can take their state Certification Examination.
You must be computer literate and have access to a computer to take an online CNA course. The courses include introduction to healthcare, nursing arts I, II, III, additional online institutions offer comparable classes in CNA medical courses, convalescent care, health professional assistant class, home health aide course, and acute care nurse assistant courses.
Nursing Home Courses
There are some nursing homes that offer free CNA training due to a shortage of qualified certified nursing assistants, so they offer CNA training. However, most nursing homes do not offer this training and the numbers that offer paid and free training are limited, so do your research. The program must be supervised by registered nurses that have at least two years of experience with at least one year of experience in a long-term care facility.
American Red Cross: Start your Healthcare Career with Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
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