Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work with nursing staff to provide supportive patient care. A CNA will work in nursing facilities and hospitals. While you may want to become a certified nursing assistant as a jumping off point toward a career in nursing or healthcare, there are many additional reasons to consider becoming a certified nursing assistant.
The biggest reason many become a certified nursing assistant is to make a difference in the lives of their patients. CNAs provide essential services to patients when they cannot complete them on their own, and a CNA who can provide the essential services of dressing, bathing, toileting, feeding, and moving their patients while respecting their patients and their dignity can truly make a difference.
Because CNA training programs are certification programs, they are shorter than degree programs and the financial commitment required is far less. You can also participate in a CNA training program while working full or part-time in another position./p>
Working with different patients throughout the day provides variety, and a certified nursing assistant can also work in a variety of facilities. Hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities all need qualified CNAs to assist patients, and CNAs are also able to work in home healthcare. CNAs work with nurses, physicians, and other medical staff throughout their workday.
An aging population requiring more care combined with a nursing shortage means that CNAs are in demand. A high demand career means a high level of job security. As a CNA, you will be able to find employment and will know that your position is secure.
A certified nursing assistant program is less demanding than a degree program. Many CNA programs are designed around students who are completing the program while working full- or part-time, taking care of a family, or volunteering. CNA classes are often offered to meet a variety of schedules. Once you begin to look for work as a CNA, you will find the same flexibility in working schedules. CNAs can work day, evening, and weekend shifts to fit their needs.
A CNA certificate is an entry-level nursing credential that can function as a step toward a more advanced position in healthcare. Earning a certificate is a good way to gain experience in the nursing field without committing to a full-time degree program right away.
While a certified nursing assistant is an entry level position, it is also a rewarding stand-alone career. Working in healthcare is a source of pride for many and the ability to connect with patients on a personal level can be very fulfilling.
CNAs not only acquire the basic nursing skills that allow them to care for their patients, but working as a CNA provides personal and professional pride. Whether you are choosing to become a certified nursing assistant as a step toward an LPN or RN degree or you hope to continue working as a CNA throughout your career, it is a good choice for those who are looking for a quick and affordable way to enter the healthcare field. We offer CNA training with no waitlist. Contact Clement Career College for more information about this exciting career.