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How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Posted Jun 11 2012 12:00am
A post from Allison at CNA Training 101...

The heath care industry is one of the fastest growing industries today. With just a little bit of knowledge and certification, you can be a part of it and earn a lot of money. Being a certified nursing assistant can be a great career option and you can earn a good income while helping others in the path of recovery. But the question is how to become a certified nursing assistant? Many young people are trying to find the best answer for this question and here I will let you know the most effective of them.

Scope And Opportunities Of Nursing Assistant


Nursing Assistants are part of the team of professionals who manage the patients before and after a surgery and during illness. The patient can be permanently or temporarily disabled. The responsibility of the certified nursing assistant (CNA) is to make the bed for the patient, give them baths, and assist with feeding and other daily tasks. Other duties include keeping a track of the improvement in their health condition and note down any changes in behavior. The CNA also needs to report to the doctor.

How to become a certified nursing assistant?

There are certain step including education, state of mind and finding opportunities that will lead to becoming a successful CNA.

  • First you need to complete your high school diploma before applying for any certification. This is the minimum educational requirement in most of the schools.
  • You then need to enroll yourself in a CNA program that is organized by a heath care institute. Most of the courses last from 2 weeks to 8 weeks. But there are some courses that take 6 months to get completed. These longer courses are usually provided by community colleges.
  • Choose the institute properly. There are many health care institutes that may offer the course free of cost but you would have an obligation to work with them after the course is over.
  • Complete your CNA program and sit for the state level exam for nursing assistants. You not only need to complete the certification course successfully but you also need to pass the state exam so that you can be employed as a CNA in every medical setting. The state level exam is comprised of practical and theoretical parts. You have to pass both the written and clinical parts.
You may find some centers that just need you to pass the certification course, but the salary in those cases may be considerably less.

Be Passionate About Your Job

In addition to completing your education, it is more important to have feelings of compassion towards the patients, and a desire to help them through their current illness or injury. If you don't like doing something, you will never be successful in it. Job opportunities are widely available once you complete your course and state exam.

~~ Alison writes about how to become a nursing assistant and all things related to the job on her blog, CNATraining101.com .

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