If you want to work in a career as a nursing assistant, there are a few steps that you will need to take. Some healthcare facilities do have opportunities for nursing assistants that do not require CNA certification. However, if you want to work as a certified nursing assistant, you will need to complete a training course and take an examination before you can do so. Let’s learn more about CNA training and becoming a nursing aide.
In order to be able to sit for a nursing assistant certification exam, you will need to complete an accredited CNA training program. These programs are sometimes offered at hospitals, rehabilitation centers and continuing care communities. You can also search for this type of program at a community college or allied health college. The American Red Cross in your area might also provide CNA training programs. If you are not sure where to take a nursing assistant training program, you can contact a healthcare facility in your area. They should be able to point you in the right direction.
During a CNA training program, you will have classroom instruction, demonstrations and labs as well as clinical hands on experience. You will learn how to protect a patient’s privacy and provide them with care that gives them the compassion, kindness and dignity they deserve. Your training course will teach you further people skills so that you can effectively communicate with your patients.
Your CNA training will teach you a variety of other skills. You will learn how to take a patient’s vital sense and how to make notations in their chart. The training will teach you how to safely roll over a patient who is unable to move on their own. You will learn how to use lifts and other devices to aid you in the care of a patient. Your training will teach you how to bathe a patient and how to change a patient who is unable to go to the restroom on their own. These are just a few of the skills you will learn during your training.
After you have completed your coursework and clinical experience, you will need to take an examination. You must pass the examination in order to become a certified nursing assistant. In most cases, you need to have at least an 80% on your test. The test will include multiple choice questions that will test your knowledge of how to provide the best care for your patients. You will then have a skills portion of the test where you will need to demonstrate your ability to perform several different duties as a a nursing assistant.
When you pass your examination, you will become a certified nursing assistant. In order to continue a career as a nursing aide, you will usually need to complete CEU credits and other educational requirements every year or so. There will be courses you need to take in order to keep your certification valid. In some cases, your employer will pay for or help you pay for the continued education.