How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) are the bedrock of home health and other healthcare outlets that require patient assistance with activities of daily living. The CNA career path can be very rewarding. A job worth serving the society and your emotional being is something always desired for. If you are searching for some similar achievement in life, then a CNA is the best title. Here’s how to become a CNA.
• Make sure there is a desire to serve. A caring, nuturing attitude is required for anyone who wants to be in this profession.Pass the high school diploma or get your GED first, before trying for any of such jobs.
• Complete the six to twelve week program for CNA education offered in most states. These programs may be found via the Internet, yellow pages or word of mouth -- check the link at the bottom. Make sure the program is accredited in the state where work is being sought.
• Contact state aid registry or licensing program. Board officials will be able to advise on what to look for from an accredited program and as well as a listing of local schools. This is also the organization that will keep a record of any complaints or criminal activity on any CNA.
• Pay for the training class. The costs vary from $300 to $600 for a program. Financial aid is often available. Each school will have financial aid requirements.
• Send resumes to home helath agencies in the area. Home health is often the primary employer for CNA’s. Many CNA’s work for multple agencies in order to acquire the number of weekly hours desired. Hospitals and nursing homes are also primary employers for CNA’s.
Being a Successful C.N.A.
Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.
A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.