CNA Jobs Is This The Right Job For You

How does one what is the right job for them? There are literally hundreds of different types of jobs that anyone can do. CNA Jobs are one opportunity that enters an individual into the medical industry and allows them to work directly with others.

The acronym “CNA” represents Certified Nursing Assistant and is, although very important, an entry level position. With this in mind, the pay is not minimum wage; in fact, with the need for  certified nursing assistant’s constantly on the rise, the pay is also increasing. Of course, the location, who the employer is does and where the CNA would actually be working will have an impact on the pay.

Where ever there are doctor’s offices, nursing facilities, clinics, hospitals, adult care centers or other businesses who care for individual’s medical needs and require the skills that a certified nursing assistant can perform will need to have a CNA on staff. There are medical offices and medical centers in almost every city across the United States who offer this particular position. With the population who requires medical assistance on the rise, the availability of positions will also be growing.

Now we know that the need exists, how does one know if being a certified nursing assistant is right for them? There are a number of ways that one can determine if they will like being in this type of position or not. An individual can inquire from a CNA as to what their take on the position is, one could visit an educational institution and “sit in” on a class or lab which will get an idea or even talk to a counselor to obtain an insight of what is required.

Since a CNA is more of an entry point, one may think that the tasks required are fairly simple but in fact they are more complex than you might think. Not only will the individual need to be knowledgeable about the human body but will also need to know how to properly perform a number of tasks. The medical knowledge is important as it is required to provide proper medical care for another and knowing how to do each task correctly will ensure that the patient receives the appropriate physical care.

Caring for another individual requires strong physical and mental capacities. One must be able to assist one with standing/walking, moving one from a bed to a chair, assist the patient with performing various exercises. The right individual:

  • will be compassionate
  • will have patience
  • will be dedicated
  • will be dependable not only to their employer but to the patient(s) as well

Simple tasks such as changing beds, assisting the patient with getting dressed, personal hygiene tasks, assisting with walking and transportation needs will be required from time to time. Of course, a CNA will also need to be able to take the patient’s blood pressure, take their weight and even assist with the administration of medicine if necessary. Some of the more personal tasks such as changing bed pans can make some decide that being a CNA is not for them.

Being a certified nursing assistant can be very rewarding while being draining at the same time. It is a position in which there is always something to be done and you never know how the patient will be feeling or how they will react when it’s time for you to provide a service for them. For the most part, CNA Jobs are worth your time to look into if you like to help others and are willing to put the effort into making your job the best ever.

7 Responses to “CNA Jobs Is This The Right Job For You”

  • Crispaul says:

    There’s no real CNA colleges per se but there are many progarms out there. These progarms are typically 6 weeks-12 weeks in general. I doubt you will find CNA progarms at the 4 year university level but you can find them at community colleges. It’s typically just one class, usually under the nursing program. Or, you can look at adult schools in your area. Just google the different school districts near to you and look up adult education. For example, in Sacramento the Twin Rivers School District offers a CNA program. Also, I think you will probably get good quality training as a CNA in almost any program. It’s a very simple vocation to learn. I think the training is basically some common sense and you just need to learn some legal things. From what I have heard however, you definitely do not want to remain a CNA forever. Although CNAs do a very important job, do think about moving on to other careers as well. I heard burn out and boredom is widespread.

    • Moka says:

      can you ?YES but it will require you to plan, bugedt and follow that bugedt without exception. you will probably start at about $ 8.00 an hour depending on where you live (possibly a little higher).the good thing is if you work hard, show up as scheduled, follow procedures and are flexible in working as needed you can easily get 40 hours a week or more. you will have to find a very inexpensive apartment (efficiency that includes all utilities would work great), don’t be wasteful, eat as many meals as possible at the facility (employees can usually get a meal ticket that is inexpensive or even free) cut expenses wherever you can, buy used scrubs but do not skimp on the shoes. a good pair of shoes will not only last longer which saves money in the long run but they will also be more comfortable which makes working more easier on you. this can be done, it will not be easy, do not get a larger apartment with a roommate unless you are 100% sure they will be there for the entire lease period and will always pay their bills on time.being a CNA is hard work, often under-appreciated but it is important rewarding work.good luck

    • Jesus says:

      I was recently asked my oiinpon on nursing shortage and some comments made on whether they pay nurses too much ..My reply . Can you really pay a nurse too much for being with you or your family when they are sick or possibly dying? A life or death decision which usually comes from the nurse as SHE/HE are the ones at the bedside with the patient. Is it really too much to pay us for risking our lives every day being exposed to all of the diseases that patients have and we give our all to care for? I say absolutely NOT when we are paying millions to say ..a football player, an actor or people who only entertain our lives. Has it gotten that bad that our actual life and those who care for it aren’t worth much??????????GD Star Ratingloading…

      • Sheldy says:

        I am a CNA student right now and am chsioong to become certified as a way to build up my credentials before applying to nursing school next year. CNAs deserve so much more recognition and pay for what they do. For those who have been enrolled in nursing school or are already RNs (who are not CNAs), exposure to a nursing home would make you a better nurse in you haven’t seen one or worked in one before. It is tough, and the nurses are expected to maintain a smile throughout the entire shift. The difference in the dynamic of a nursing home compared to an acute care facility is striking, really.GD Star Ratingloading…

        • Samuel says:

          Check your state laws carefully but I am not aware that the scope of pccitare for an RN-BSN allows people to treat’ conditions from an independent office in the manner you suggest. You could certainly become a nurse educator within a hospital organization.It would be wise for you to become a Nurse Practitioner they have more independence and could set up an office along the lines you are suggesting.

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    • Said says:

      I had a CNA license in the State of Arizona but did not keep it. I went to the cnmtuoimy college in Apache Junction Arizona. How do I go about obtaining record of this license and what do I need to do in the way of continuning ed. My legal name Is Sheryl.

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