Becoming a certified nursing assistant or CNA is frequently the first stepping stone in a long path of being a health care provider. Sometimes nursing assistants go on to be a technician, a registered nurse or even a doctor. A CNA provides the care to patients that they cannot do for themselves, which can range from feeding them to dressing them, and from changing their briefs to emptying their catheters. While there are organizations that may hire a nurse aide who is not certified, certification tends to garner greater pay and employment stability because there are never enough of the certified varieties of nursing assistants.
Every state has its own individual licensing requirements for CNA candidates. Before you begin your training, check with your state to make sure you fit the age, educational and criminal history requirements to be trained at all.
Hunt down some CNA training courses near you. Many health care providers are required by law to hold a CNA class at least every six months, and sometimes as frequently as every three months. Visit nursing homes and hospitals, and ask them when they will be holding a class again. It is usually necessary to be hired by a facility before you become trained there.
Contact the most relevant agency in your state for nurse’s aide training if you cannot locate a class in your area. The agency you contact will be able to help you find both training and possibilities for either free training or financial aid. If you can, be trained for free. Generally, CNA training runs between $300 and $900, but it does depend on which state you are being trained in.
Once you have found a training class, fill out your Nurse Aide Registry’s verification of training form. The reason you send it in before you start being trained is that it usually takes between four and six weeks to get processed. During this time, you get your training, and then the registry verifies it and issues you your license, provided your training program was accredited. A good training program will request you fill out the form before your training commences so they can send it for you.
Pay attention and follow instructions in your classes. When you can, observe how experienced CNAs and RNs work, because there is a clinical as well as written theory portion to the licensing exam. You need to have knowledge and precision in your work as well as a caring bedside manner.
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