Best States for CNA Training

November 26th, 2014

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CNA training could be the answer to all of your problems. It could provide you with the skills and the opportunity to find a job that you not only like, but love. While every state in the United States offers this type of training, though, not every state makes the life of a CNA worthwhile. Some states pay their CNAs very little money for the work they do. If you want to make this your career, that’s not exactly what you want to hear, right?

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for CNAs will increase by 19% by 2018, due to the growth of the health care industry, growth of our population, and increase in the aging population, you might not want to settle when it comes to CNA training. So, what states should you set your sights on?

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Tips for Working Moms After CNA Training

November 24th, 2014

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As a mom, you already work hard every single day. Whether you’re keeping the house clean, taking the kids to soccer practice, or fixing healthy meals the kids will actually eat, your days are busy. When you decide to take CNA training and become a CNA, though, things get just a little bit busier. You may not have the time to do everything you used to do, or you may still have to somehow get all of those responsibilities done in the short amount of time you’re off work. After CNA training, time management becomes very critical to your life. If you aren’t sure how you’re going to devote 40 hours a week to work and still come home and take care of your children, here are a few tips that might help.

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Do you Really Need a Resume After CNA Training?

November 22nd, 2014

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It’s a question that is often asked by CNAs once they complete CNA training, and the short answer is always ‘yes.’ If you’re interested in finding work as a certified nursing assistant, the good news for you is that CNA jobs are currently in high demand, and they almost always are. Assisted living communities and nursing homes that provide senior care services have to maintain a certain number of CNAs in order to meet their licensing requirements.

In most cases, a minimum amount of CNA training graduates will be needed for each hall or wing of the facility, based on the number of residents or patients within. Other CNAs are needed as ‘backup’ as well, because the facility will have to have someone to take the place of any CNA training graduate who calls in sick, has an emergency that requires them to take time off, or decides to take their vacation time. Patients have to be cared for all day, every day, and that means hiring enough CNAs to make sure this is done properly.

You may wonder though, why you need a resume after CNA training if these facilities are always looking for CNAs to fill jobs slots. The reason this piece of paper is so important is that it gives you a foot in the door to the most competitive and preferred facilities in your area.

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After CNA Training: Problems You’ll Face

November 20th, 2014

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I would never consider myself an expert in CNA training by any means, but I do like to help where I can. I’ve learned a lot throughout my career as a certified nursing assistant, and if my advice or insight can help someone who is thinking about this line of work in any way, I feel like I’ve contributed. There are many fantastic aspects to this job, and I have to say it has been a life-changer for me. Like any occupation, though, there are issues that can and do occur. By reading this, you’re one step ahead of where I was 8 years ago: you have a chance to know what’s going to happen.

How does this help? Well, for one, knowing what problems you might face after CNA training can help you decide whether you want to actually go through CNA training and start this career. Secondly, knowing these problems can help you figure out beforehand how you’ll hand them. I wasn’t so lucky, but that’s okay. I’m quick on my feet.

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Indirect Care and Your CNA Training Exam

November 18th, 2014

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During CNA training, you will have the opportunity to learn about indirect care. This kind of care describes how you communicate with your patients, how you value their rights, and how you ensure their security and safety.

Along with being an important part of your work life after CNA training, this type of care will also be tested on your CNA training exam.

Unfortunately, many students forget about indirect care when they are attempting to earn their certification, often because they are nervous during the CNA training test. The pressure they feel might make them forget this learned behavior while they are demonstrating other skills. This can result in a failed exam, and a need to retake the test again.

In order to ensure you are correctly approaching each skill you are tested on, make sure you know what CNA training indirect care skills you’ll need. Here is a general how-to for each one.

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5 Traits of Bad CNA Training Graduates

November 16th, 2014

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New CNA training graduates often don’t appreciate or understand how difficult it actually is to be a CNA. For the seasoned CNAs who have been placed in charge of orientating you to the new facility you’ve joined, this can make training you on the job very difficult. These CNAs may have the knowledge and experience to help you, and may be eager to share what they know, but if you’re not listening or if you’re having problems learning, things can get bad fast.

After CNA training, pay close attention to your attitude and to the way you act. You may be a bad CNA training graduate and not even know it.

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CNA Training Skills- Bathing Tips Part 2

November 14th, 2014

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A couple of days ago, we discussed how important bathing was after CNA training for your patients and how it required compassion and empathy. We also talked briefly about the benefits of bathing after CNA training and touched base on observations that needed to be made. Today we are going to delve further into that subject and discuss what you should be looking for when you bathe your patients and what you should report to the charge nurse after CNA training. (Hint: Everything)

 

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CNA Training Skills- Bathing Tips Part 1

November 12th, 2014

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Assisting patients with their baths is going to be part of your job after CNA training. While you may not immediately understand how important this task is, it’s essential for your clients. It’s not only a chance to ensure your patients are bathed properly, but it is also a time when you can closely evaluate your patients to look for changes in their physical appearance and abilities.

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Are you too OLD for CNA Training?

November 10th, 2014

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Avoiding CNA training because you think you might be too old for it may be your go-to excuse, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one. While most jobs in the health care world require applicants to be healthy of both mind and body so they can complete their duties well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re cut off from CNA training once you reach a certain age.

In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret: there is no age cut-off.

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Benefits of Using a Support Group After CNA Training

November 8th, 2014

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It became quickly apparent to me after CNA training that the work I was facing was nothing short of challenging. Sure, it was great being able to help the patients I was working with, but life wasn’t exactly perfect. I was introduced quickly (my first day) to post mortem care, I faced aggravating co-workers, and patients who believed they were the only ones I had to take care of. Because of this, I knew I couldn’t go it alone. That’s why I quickly found a support group after CNA training.

A support group may not be your cup of tea, but you’ll need one after CNA training. Like many other jobs, there will be days when you just don’t know if you can go on, and the support system will help you manage the stress and frustration you’re feeling. While your friends and family will most likely be as supportive as they can, they won’t truly know what you go through on a daily basis unless they are CNAs too. A support group made up of CNAs can.

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