One of the most common concerns we hear from potential CNA training students is the worry that they won’t be able to juggle their current (often dead-end) job with the necessary medical training needed to put them in a position as a CNA. We have good news for you! Often, this is just a mindset problem more than anything else and by setting small, reachable goals for yourself, you really will be able to find the time and the mental resources necessary to enroll, pay for, attend and complete your CNA training classes without a hitch. We’ve compiled a list to help start the planning phase of your new career. Depending on your own personal needs and situation, you may need to fine tune or adjust this list, but it’s a great place to begin!
How to Fit CNA Training Into Your Already Busy Schedule
You’re busy, and depending on your situation, you probably feel that you’re a bit too busy to ever conquer all the things involved with CNA training and finding a new career. Well, guess what? You’re not alone! Most individuals, unless they are fresh out of high school and still living at home with parents, feel they just can’t complete the necessary steps. Bottom line? How badly do you want it? If CNA training and a new career is truly a goal to be reached, you’ll need to write out your plan of action and then take the next logical step. Things get easier when you commit them to paper. Take a look:
The Steps to CNA Training
Assuming you’re reading this article because you already have a full time job, simply take your career path one step at a time.
- Step 1 – Conduct an online search for all CNA training programs within your area. Compare the following: Length of CNA training class time, days and hours you will be required to attend, cost of training, possibility of making payments, job placement after CNA training, hidden costs such as class materials or state exam fees. Good places to compare include your local community college, adult education center, local Red Cross, medical training facility, local nursing homes or other medical facilities that may offer CNA training, and the option of online classes.
- Step 2 – Once you’ve decided on the right class to fit your needs, you’ll need to figure out the funds necessary for enrollment and class completion. Some CNA training centers allow you to make payments while others do not. Work out a budget on paper including your normal monthly bills to see if this is a cost you can handle. If it is not, don’t give up. Family may be willing to help you further your career or you may qualify for a FAFSA grant.
- Step 3 – Speak with your current employer if necessary to ensure you’ll be able to attend all CNA training classes and have ample amount of study time. Isolating yourself and excluding others from your decision can make the process more difficult.
That’s all? Yes! Those are the basic steps to pursuing CNA training and ultimately your new career. Broken down into smaller chunks, it’s not as difficult or overwhelming as it once seemed, is it? Now what are you waiting for? CNA training is your next step to a whole new life!