By Lanee’ Blunt
CNA's work under the direction of a RN or LPN and the majority of them work in nursing homes or residential care facilities. Certified Nursing Assistants are needed in home health and other healthcare facilities, and the job requires that you have patience, self-confidence and compassion. The job outlook for CNA's is good because with the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants will be needed in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, hospices, and hospitals, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To become a CNA you need a high school diploma or GED. The training may vary from state to state. There are classes available in community colleges, vocational colleges, and the Red Cross features a program. The Red Cross has a complete training class which meets Federal and State requirements. The training at the Red Cross facility is closely supervised by registered nurses and designed to satisfy the requirements of your particular state where the Red Cross chapter is situated. There are online CNA classes also which provide flexible payment systems, and the convenience associated with taking the coursework in your home.
The cost for the training may vary depending on where you take the class. Some training cost $300 to $600. There are free training classes offered at nursing homes, but you will be required to work at that facility for a certain time in exchange for the training.
Certified nursing assistants would be the principle care givers in nursing facilities. You will help patients in and from wheelchairs and transfer them in and from bed. Your duties will include patient bedside care, bathing patients, helping them get dressed, brushing their hair, and assisting while using the toilet.
Apply for CNA jobs
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the job prospects for CNA's with formal training is good especially in long-term care facilities, the job has a high turnover because many CNA's choose to leave the profession to get more training or another job. Send your resume to home health agencies, and nursing homes.
A certified nurse aide median annual wage was $24,010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are usually paid hourly wages around $11.54 per hour, but it varies in every state. A CNA with one year experience will make more than an inexperienced CNA, for example $12.00 to $14.00 per hour. Most nursing homes pay their CNA’s about the same wage as hospitals and offer attractive benefit packages.
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