Brief description of CNA – Certified nursing assistant
There are several other names for a certified nursing assistant such as patient care technicians, nurse aides and home healthcare aides. They usually report and work under the guidance of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. They are employed in almost all health care facilities such as nursing homes, health care centers, hospitals, home health care, long term care and rehabilitation centers.
Really speaking certified nursing assistants are not medical practitioners to provide medical treatment but they play a very important role in hospitals and home. They take care of patients needs such as dressing, bathing, assist patients while taking food and help them in many daily routine activities. The job profile looks to be easy but it’s very tough to do since the individual requires high degree of patience to love and care for patients.
To obtain this certification one has to register their name in a certified nursing assistant training program. This training is offered by community colleges, online courses and health care educational institutes. After completion of the training in any type of above mentioned study mode he/she must take up an exam to obtain the certification. During training the individual is given good exposure on practical and theoretical concepts in nursing assistance.
A minimum of seventy five hours of training is compulsory which includes fifty one theoretical classes and remaining for practicals. The cost of certification programs ranges from $400 to $1000 according to the mode of training. Training in community colleges is quite expensive compared with online. Main advantage of training in a community college is that students can interact with the patient directly and understand their needs thoroughly. Excellent hands-on experience is gained by the students.
CNA training program offered in health care facilities provide the student with hands-on live skills. Few of them also offer free training in this certification program but in turn they expect the individual to sign a contract to work for them for a period of six months after completion of the training. Online certification training programs are very flexible for the individual to pursue this training but one major drawback is no direct interaction with the patient or practical experience is gained by the student. Even federal government also provides training in this certification which includes Department of Education New York City.
Educational and other requirements:
- A individual who is interested to register his/her name for this CNA certification training program must at least have a high school diploma or its equivalent GED.
- Age of the student must be above 18 years.
- Must have good oral and written skills.
- Should be mentally and physically fit.
- Must be willing to work in shifts and have high patience.
Certified nursing assistant training programs curriculum varies slightly according to the state in U.S. Some of the most important topics covered as part of training are as follow:
- How to provide basic support and assistance patients.
- How to give moral support and encouragement for the patient.
- How to check patient’s conditions such as blood pressure, body temperature and heart pulse rate.
- How to care the patient health closely and help the patient to fulfill daily needs.
- Learning all techniques involved in patient care.
- Hands on experience on how to lay and support the patient while transferring from the bed to wheel chair and vice versa.
- How to use first aid kits and their regular practices during emergency situations.
- Things to follow very strictly to keep the patient room germ free and very clean.
Duties and responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant vary based on the work environment they are working in.
CNA Certification exam:
Only certified nursing assistants are only permitted to work in hospitals and other patient care centers. Certification became very important that ensures the individual is eligible for this particular profession. The exam pattern consists of both theoretical and practical exams where they test the individual proficiency in nursing assistance techniques. Mostly all are multiple choice questions based on the concepts of nursing assistance.