Aug 272012

First Steps To Becoming CNA Certified

We all know that getting a College Degree can be very expensive and a sad reality is that even after graduating and earning your degree you are still troubled with student loans. This is especially true of medical related courses like Nursing. Before you lose hope of being able to have a career as a Registered Nurse you can actually work your way to your dream by starting out as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

A lot of aspiring Registered Nurses have considered the alternative of being a Certified Nursing Assistant first as the requirements are easy to achieve and the training and certification will only take a few weeks to a few months to complete. Being a CNA is definitely a stepping stone to greater opportunities in a career and a profession.

Think about it as a Certified Nursing Assistant you will be exposed to the work that a Registered Nurse does, you will also be in the front lines and you will have direct contact with patients. Since you are in direct contact with patients your tasks would include some of these: answering patient questions, taking vital signs, making sure that doctor’s instructions and orders are followed and of course you also see to it that the patient is comfortable.

Not only will you be working directly with patients but you will also have the opportunity to work in different health care centers. Not only will you be working in hospitals but you will also be able to work in different settings such as homes for the aged, nursing homes as well as facilities for patients with disabilities.

Starting your career with as a Certified Nursing Assistant is also a good idea since you are already a working and earning professional. Most CNA’s earn from $20,000-$30,000 in a year and earning this kind of money will definitely help you pursue your Nursing career or other medical careers you may want to follow.

But before you dream about reaching your dreams through becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant you first need to be undergo training and you also need to be certified. The certification process for becoming a CNA is passing a number of tests as well as performing random procedures which you will be doing as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

There are some employers who offer to finance and/or provide the training required so that you can become a CNA. This usually works when the employer will hire you after you have completed your training and have become certified. If you were not be able to become certified for whatever reason then you may need to complete the certification on your own.

You can also choose to have the training in your local community college. It is important though that you make sure to check whether the place you are having your training with is certified and recognized by your State. After fixing all of your requirements you would need to make sure that you pass your certification in order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. You should take note that certification is done by state and if you move to another state you would need to go through the whole process of being certified again. You should be aware that different requirements may vary from each state.

If you are having a lot of responsibilities and priorities for the moment or if you do not want to be stuck in the traditional classroom setting for your training you have the option of having your training and certification at home through the internet; online training is becoming a popular since you can take your online courses at your own time and in your own pace.

Some tips to remember when undergoing the training is too make sure that you get your money and time’s worth by making the most out of all the classes. Ask all the necessary questions to help you become a better Certified Nursing Assistant.

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