Depending on the state you live in, you can plan for CNA training to cost you around $300, maybe a little more. One thing people often overlook are the costs after CNA training. It is important to be aware of all costs involved before beginning your endeavor in CNA training.
Three Expenses After CNA Training
Shoes- Although shoes may not seem like a huge budgetary concern, the type of shoes you’ll need after completing CNA training and going into the field can get a bit pricey. There are a couple of factors to a good pair of shoes.
- Arch support- A shoe with arch support will help prevent leg, back and foot aches throughout your day.
- Slip resistant- As a CNA you will be giving patients showers and walking around on tile floors much or all of the time. It is vital that your shoes are slip resistant for your safety and the safety of your patients.
- Easy to clean- The CNA job is a dirty one. There are tons of things throughout that day that could accidentally land on your shoes. In order to promote good health, it would be wise to wear leather or another type of material shoe that can be easily wiped clean.
There are a variety of shoes that meet these standards. Medical uniform websites have hundreds of options for both males and females. However, shoes that meet these standards range from $60-$130. A one hundred dollar pair of shoes on top of your $300 dollar CNA training is a fairly large expense.
Scrubs- This is another post CNA training expense that we often overlook. We realize you could go to Walmart, pick up a set of scrubs and be done with it. However, it is important that you keep in mind the fact that you will be wearing these scrubs at least once per week and for hours on end. We suggest that you find a pair of scrubs that meets these standards:
- Stretch- As you learned in your CNA training courses, CNAs do a lot of physical activity. Running, bending, lifting, reaching all of which could be uncomfortable to do if you’re wearing the wrong scrubs. You will want your scrubs to have a little bit of a stretch factor. This way you wont accidentally expose your undergarments, or by the end of the day have excessively loose pants.
- Length- Length is another important factor. Whether your tall, short or somewhere in the middle, one thing you no one likes is pants that are not long enough. They look awkward and feel uncomfortable. Another thing you need to consider is if your pants are too long. If your scrubs are too long they will drag on the floor and soak up any liquid substance. This is not only disgusting but it is very unsanitary.
- Pockets- Scrubs need ample pocket space. You will be carrying around many objects during the day and if you do not have enough pocket space, or if your pockets are too shallow, it will become a hassle.
A quality pair of scrubs will wind up costing you anywhere from $20-$50. That doesn’t seem like too much of an expense, but when you consider that fact that you will need at least three pairs of scrubs it starts to get a little pricey. Be sure to add scrubs to your “after CNA training” expense list.
Medical Instruments- If you weren’t made to purchase your own medical tools during CNA training, you will definitely need to do so going into the field. Usually the only tools you will need to purchase are a stethoscope and a manual or digital blood pressure monitor (aneroid). However, you will also want to purchase a pair of medical utility scissors. All together these items are one last expense you will want to plan for.
Utility Scissors- $10
These three items total up to around$100 dollars.
In total, after CNA training, you will be spending somewhere in the ball park range of $350 to prepare yourself will all necessary items entering into the CNA workforce. Added to the CNA training expense of $300, becoming a CNA will cost you about $650 dollars. Make sure you are prepared for all post CNA training expenses.