If you’re looking to truly make a difference in people’s lives than becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant may be a good career choice for you. Being such a strong integral part in the well being of the elderly, sick, and disabled brings about repeated rewards and job satisfaction. At Heart to Heart, we pride ourselves on being able to train the next generation of CNA’s that will make a difference in the lives that they care for. Please take a moment to read about the other benefits of becoming a nurse aid.
The Certified Nursing Assistant will always be in demand because there is never a shortage of those that need healthcare services. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 18% through 2024.
If you work as a CNA your school may use that experience in the field to compensate for some of the nursing classes you might be required to take. In the long run, that means less money for education and less time in reaching your goals.
Becoming a CNA is relatively inexpensive. Our CNA program, for example, is only $925. Another benefit is that you have the opportunity to finish at a hospital, vocational college, or private institution instead of paying the high expenses at a major university.
Something New Everday
Being a CNA will present many challenges that will be exciting. One of these will be the multitude of environments that you have the opportunity of being a part of. Some of these include hospitals, hospice centers, community centers, and rehabilitation centers. A Certified Nurse Assistant or CNA job puts you on the front lines of patient care. Nursing assistants are vital to daily operations in hospitals, nursing care facilities, home health care and more. Your compassion and skill in patient care will help minimize the stress of those who are sick or unable to care for themselves.
Job Satisfaction (Working as a CNA)
This career is full of everyday rewards because it presents the chance to work so closely with the needy. Nurses, in general, are held in high esteem and respected for what they do. If you desire to significantly change the lives of others then look into becoming a CNA.
Working closely with patients, you are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. A certified nursing assistant gives patients important social and emotional support and also provides vital information on patient conditions to nurses.You will be able to work at Hospitals, nursing care facilities, community care facilities for the elderly
As a CNA, you’ll rarely have two days that are completely alike. Your responsibilities will depend on the time of your shift and the type of facility you work in. For example, if you work a night shift in a hospital, you’ll get an update from the day shift RN when you arrive at work. You’ll take vital signs and ensure patients have what they need for the night. Your nights won’t necessarily be quiet, however. You’ll answer call lights, empty catheters, help patients who may be going in for surgery and provide general support to patients who are upset or uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, the role of CNA during a day shift will include preparing patients for the day ahead; washing, dressing and feeding breakfast will be some of the first tasks of the morning. You’ll need to be organized and efficient since you’ll often be managing multiple patients at once. For instance, as breakfast is going on, you may be called to change bed sheets.
Certified Nurse Assistants not only offer support to their patients, but they help RNs as well. You’ll maintain charts and provide reports to the incoming shift. Nurses may also ask you to round up certain medical supplies, admit new patients or prepare a room.
CNAs perform many of the same tasks in a nursing home, but there are a few differences. In a hospital, patients will have meals brought to them whereas nursing home patients may need assistance to the dining room. You’ll answer call lights throughout the day or night and help patients get comfortable in their room or move about the facility. Depending on the nursing home, you may be assigned to a certain hall or area.
Working as a CNA brings the opportunity to develop long term relationships with other professionals in the health care industry. Having connections can further work for your benefit in advancing through the nursing field.
If you have questions about the CNA program we offer or anything related to the CNA industry please reach out to us. At Heart to Heart we always take each class and each individual student very seriously. As a graduate of Heart to Heart Healthcare Training, we know you will be taking care of our community’s loved ones, and that is a big responsibility. We want to make sure you learn everything you need to know to safely and respectfully take care of your patients. We pride ourselves in caring for each individual patient as if it were our own loved one, and teaching students the importance of doing the same.