If you want to work in the health care field, you don’t have to spend seven years in school to be a doctor, or even three years to become a registered nurse. Instead, you can start helping people right away with training as a nursing assistant.
What is involved in a nursing assistant training program?
A Nursing Assistant, also called a Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA, is a certified nursing position in the health care field. Licensing is regulated on the state level, and you are required to go through a training program in order to be certified.
The training programs teach students the basics of patient care, including how to take a history and vital signs, proper techniques for feeding, bathing, and other self-care, as well as ethics and interacting with patients.
What can I do after completing a nursing assistant training program?
After completing a nursing assistant training program, you are eligible to take the certification exam to get your state license. With the license, you can work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the state your license was issued.
Certified Nursing Assistants often work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, hospice facilities, in patients’ homes, and other private and public health care facilities. The goal of a CNA is to assist patients with their basic needs, take vital signs, and help watch patients to make sure they are comfortable and there are no problems. They have frequent direct contact with patients, and are integral in their care plans. They work under the supervision of registered nurses and other health care professionals.
Many people work as nursing assistants to gain experience, and to pay for additional nursing training. Some nursing training programs give credit to students who already have some certification and are working in the health care field.
A certified nursing assistant is a good way to start a career in the health care field without spending years in school. After a short training program, you can be a necessary part of your patients’ care, and a valuable member of a health care team.