CNA Training – A New Career Option for Baby Boomers?

cna trainingCNA Training for Baby Boomers

As more and more baby boomers reach retirement age every day, the need for quality CNA’s continues to grow. Generally, we think about baby boomers as the ones in need of the care, but let’s flip the tables for a minute. Our staff personally knows of more than a handful of baby boomers who recently decided to enroll in CNA training courses and to become licensed. They are now entering new, promising careers.

Why the decision towards CNA training? We interviewed one baby boomer. Her name is Marcy. She lost her husband to illness about two years ago and afterward she tried a few things to pass the time. First it was volunteering at the public library, but she quickly became bored. After that, Marcy tried the local soup kitchen and a few other volunteer agencies until she came across an ad for CNA training. Suddenly the light went on! During the last several years of her husband’s life she grew fond of the nursing facility he stayed at. She knew most of the patients, all the nurses, and felt a sense of community with them. So, guess what? Now Marcy has turned her love for the facility and the residents into a new career!

How does she like it? After CNA training, Marcy was a bit apprehensive. It’s quite different visiting with patients than it is caring for them. But, she’s happy to say, she absolutely loves it! “I didn’t really need a paying career. My husband’s pension more than pays for my expenses,” says Marcy, “but why not? The job is fulfilling and it keeps me busy. My mind is clear. I’m healthy, and now I feel that I have a new purpose for my life!”

CNA Training. Is It Right For You?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19% job growth between 2010 and 2020 for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants. Bottom line? CNA training graduates are needed! There is absolutely no age limit or restriction to taking CNA training courses. It’s open to anyone over 18 with a high school diploma or the equivalent. You don’t even have to worry about not being strong enough. CNAs work in teams when lifting is necessary, or you will learn to use a lift.

CNA Training Curriculum

Once you find the CNA training education program that works for you, you can expect to learn the following skills, including:

      • Assisting patients with personal bathing, feeding, walking, changing bed linens, and personal hygiene
      • Tracking vitals including blood pressure, temperature, pulse and other stats
      • Communicating with patients to encourage them through difficult periods, promoting physical and mental well-being
      • Practical experience using related medical equipment
      • Basic anatomy and physiology

Transitioning into a New Career

You can complete most CNA training classes  in as few as three weeks to six months, qualifying you to sit for the CNA training certification exam. Once completed, you have a variety of different employment options. You can work in a nursing home, rehabilitative center, hospitals, assisting living centers and retirement communities, patient private homes, hospice care and more.

Are you ready to become a CNA training graduate and take your baby booming life to the next level?

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