Becoming A CNA

A certified nursing assistant or CNA is a sought after position within the medical field. It tends to consist of providing personal care and help in the activities of daily living, otherwise known as ADLs. For people who live in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility, these can be crucial. Furthermore, for those that are dealing with dementia or those that have just had surgery, such as, joint replacements or others, the CNA is a crucial part of the living and recovery process.

ADL assistance means that if the patient needs help with ordinary daily tasks like bathing or dressing, the CNA helps them with it. This is a physically challenging, emotionally taxing position to be in, but for those who are naturally loving and giving it can also be an extremely rewarding one. For those in nursing homes who have no family, the staff of the facility where they live becomes their family.

CNA Training

To be a CNA, you need to attend a training course. While every state has individual requirements regarding the subject matter, length and number of clinical hours required before certification, there are ample options available. One universal component is that there will be a certification test after the course is over with.

The CNA Certification Test

The state, nursing board or the health department will regulate the test one needs to take to become a certified nursing assistant. The final test is the same no matter where you are, and it adheres to all nationally mandated rules. The parts of the test are written and clinical, and test book knowledge versus how one actually tends to a patient. Both must be passed in order to become certified.

Students pay for their training and testing if it was not arranged by their employer. However, those trained within their workplace do not cover the fees, even if they fail to pass the training and testing process. Employers pay for the whole bit if they arrange it.

Post certification, the CNA’s license is valid for no less than 24 months, and can be valid up to five years. It is even possible to transfer one’s certification between states, even though every state will perform a background check on a CNA candidate.

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