Congratulations on deciding to start your new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. There a few things to consider before you take the next step and start your CNA training.
Things to Consider Before Beginning CNA Training
1. Availability of work- The estimates for growth in certified nursing assistant positions are considered to be above average, the current figures predict a 20% increase in employment opportunities in this field by 2020.
2. Pay rate – After completing CNA training you could be earning anything from $7 an hour to $15 and hour depending on what state you will be working in. This hourly rate is set to rise as with the demand for staff.
3. Job description – CNAs are responsible for basic daily medical duties and compassionate care. After your CNA training you are permitted to carry out low level medical duties but unlike an LVP or RN you are not permitted to do any actual official nursing work.
4. Training requirements – CNA training involves a mid-length full time or part time course that culminates in assessments at the end of course. This training is a prerequisite for working as a CNA and involves placement at a medical facility for on the job training.
5. Exam requirements – At the end of your course you are required to complete 2 assessments. One being a written open book exam, the other being a practical skill set assessment generally involving a real patient in your placement facility.
6. Advancement opportunities – There are extensive opportunities for further study and career advancement with both the public and private medical industries from the entry level CNA training position.
7. Industry – The medical industry is one of the most sort after areas of employment. It is considered to be one of the few industries that are relatively recession and automation proof. People always need medical attention, and attentive, hardworking CNAs could be setting themselves up for life long career in this desirable industry.
8. Difficulty of work – Whilst work after CNA training can be exhausting and physically demanding there is usually scope for diversifying your role if you are finding the work to physically taxing. Being a CNA does involve keen mind and great common sense but does not require intense academic knowledge. Textbook knowledge is fantastic for passing your written exam but will only get you so far on the ward.
9. People skills; Contact with patients – This is not a job for those who do not like people. A huge amount of CNAs daily duties involve working closely with patients and providing care and assistance no matter what kind of day you are having. Cheerful, bubbly and caring CNAs are most likely to thrive in their jobs after CNA training.
10. Government support – Because of the increased demand the government is creating more and more incentive programs to convince people to take on CNA training and to convince education providers that they should be offering it. The not too distant future may hold some interesting developments in rights for nurses and nursing assistants in the work place.