Specializing Your CNA Training – Mental Health First Aid

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Once you have completed your CNA training you may want to find ways to further your learning and qualifications. Additional study can be very rewarding but also can be quite time consuming. Deciding whether to take on another course either during or after your certified nursing assistant training is an important decision to make in your new career.

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is a fantastic step in securing your financial future and earning capacity, but a CNA salary can be improved upon dramatically by training and adding to your skill set. This will broaden your employment opportunities and put you in contention for higher skilled and consequently better paid positions. Specializing in a field that you are passionate about can also help you to secure employment in that field.

Specializing Your CNA Training in Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health first aid?

Mental health first aid is a relatively new qualification that allows medical professionals to effectively provide emergency mental health care and support to patients in emotional distress or suffering from extreme mental health issues. This certification is proving to be invaluable in promoting greater compassion, understanding and quicker assessment and treatment of persons deemed to be at risk. This can be a handy addition to your CNA training.

What facilities benefit from staff with mental health training?

Most facilities can benefit from having a staff member qualified in mental health first aid but in particular hospitals with psychiatric wards, both public and private, aged care facilities, maternity wards and emergency wards. Any high stress situation can lead to emotional and psychological consequences and appropriate mental health first aid is essential to early detection of at risk patients and early detection can lead to prevention of further emotional and mental health fall outs.

What other ways CNA training graduates can expand their medical training?

Home Health Aide – CNA training and Home health aide training are very similar. You may be able to accredited for prior learning if you choose to diversify your qualifications. A home health aide works within patients’ homes in the same way that a CNA would work with patients in a hospital.

RNA (Restorative Nursing assistant) – After CNA training a student can go on to specialize in applying restorative therapeutic treatments to patients under licensed medical supervision. RNAs can expect to be paid more than CNAs.

LPN (Licensed Practicing Nurse) – Additional training can allow a CNA to progress to an LPN. LPNs are able to provide basic nursing care and are paid on average almost twice as much as nursing assistants in most states.

RN (Registered nurse) – Registered nurses are able to carry out extensive nursing duties and make some decision on patient care. This qualification allows work in most if not all general medical environments in some capacity and pays much better than other nursing and nursing assistant qualifications.

Diversifying and furthering your education after the completion of your CNA training can allow you to make career advances, increase your earning potential and help the greater community in ways you may have never thought possible.

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