Certified nursing assistants are a very important part of medical and recovery teams. They are the closest bond to the patient because they are closer to them than anybody else.
Their main duties include assisting closely with the patient’s daily activities. Among those, they help them bathing, showering, eating, and some times even going to the bathroom.
Some times you might be required to obtains urine, stool, saliva, or any other kind of sample that may be need it to be taken to the lab. However, you will not be cleared to obtain blood directly or to deal with catheters.
The main skills required to be in this field are to be patient and willing to help out other people. If you are the type of person with those qualifications, then you are more than half way into it.
You must be a persone that can communicate perfectly both orally and written. The reason for this is because you will be the link between patients, nurses, and doctors. You will be reporting everything you see such as food and liquid intakes, and inform if the patient is properly going to the toilet, at least regularly.
Getting trained for nursing assistant is relatively easy specially if you compare it with becoming a registered nurse (RN), PRN, or LVN. The main difference between getting a certificate and a bachelor is that you can get certified really fast. If you are really on a hurry you can get certified in about 4 weeks. That’s if you attend classes five days a weeks. On the other hand, you can take things slowly and finish the course in 6 months. In order to do it that way, you can take classes just once a week for about 6 hours.
During training courses you will be taught to properly read vital signs. That includes reading blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate.
You will also learn about the proper manners of dealing with patients and certain situations. Specifically how not to get into legal issues yourself and the institution you are working for.
There are different ways of taking the courses. The main one, and more popular, is the in-class course. It is liked by many because you get to practice everything you learn right away. You must also pass a course that will be taken at the end. You will be under the supervision of a registered nurse most likely, and you will be performing with a real patient, in real facility. You will have the opportunity to show your qualities and demonstrate that you are ready to be left on your own with a patient.
The costs for enrolling in cna training can start in the $500 dollars in some locations. And it can go up to $2000 in some rare cases. You should probably be aiming for something around the $700-$800
The course will include tuition, uniforms, books, exams, background checks and pretty much everything that is related to finishing the course.
You will be required to pass an exam at the end in order to receive your certification from local authorities.
Once you start working you can expect to get paid starting at $10 per hour and up to $15, depending on your state of residence.
Overall, it is the perfect way of starting in nursing, particularly in healthcare. If you believe you enjoy what you do, or you just want to earn more money, you can always continue your education and later become a registered nurse or other kind of nurse.