How DO I choose a CNA Training Program

CNA jobs are in huge demand right now.  No, I’m not exaggerating.  At least once a week we receive inquiries from employers looking for CNAs to hire.  However, they are looking for Certified Licensed CNAs but the job outlook is excellent as of this writing.

CNAs work in many different types of medical institutions such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Adult Day Care, Clinics, physicians’ Office, and even Schools.  Some locations are fast-paced.  Some require CNAs with versatility and confidence.  Some require CNAs to be both physically and mentally strong.  CNAs truly play a crucial role in patient care.  I don’t think these facilities can function without them, to be honest. 

CNAs work under an LVN or RN or higher so, in terms of patient care, the responsibility is low to moderate.  This career can be quite rewarding as you have an immediate hands-on impact with so many types of patients.  Many patients spend the majority of their time with their CNAs compared to other healthcare workers.  However, the job of a CNA can also be demanding as they are responsible for direct patient care, in some cases bathing, cleaning, feeding, and other bare essential tasks that patients need assistance with.  CNAs are amazing people really. 

CNAs are also a popular stepping stone towards a career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), or higher.  Some LVN/RN training programs require CNA training prior to acceptance, for example. 

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CNAs learn a wide variety of skills.  Those who work in hospitals often have years of experience to be able to deal with the fast-paced nature and respond quickly to critical patients.  Nursing home patients require direct care services that require patience and compassion.  Home Health Care patients often require assistance in mobility and performing personal care tasks that they cannot do themselves.  Assisted Living Facilities have more patients who are more independent and can be a good training ground for CNAs.  Adult Day Care has physically or mentally challenged residents who return home in the evenings.  These patients require a different type of care.  Clinics and Physician’s Offices need CNAs to take vital signs and provide basic care to patients who visit the clinic.  Some schools require a CAN to help with the provisioning of food and health services to students.  This simply scratches the surface of what all CNAs do.  Before I forget, here are the starting salaries for CNAs.  We think Indeed’s survey is fairly accurate –

  • Education / Training:  5-10 weeks
  • Prerequisites:  No

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