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A Certified Nursing Assistant career is a great choice for someone who has a desire to help others but who may not have the time or money to attend nursing or medical school.

But that shouldn’t be interpreted to mean CNAs have few responsibilities and an easy work flow. The day-to-day activities of a CNA are varied and can be complicated one minute and a breeze the next; but the work is seldom routine.

CNA work is appealing due to its hands-on nature and practitioner’s ability to work closely with doctors and gain vast amounts of applicable medical knowledge without years of academic training. The work is also incredibly stable as CNAs fill an essential healthcare role that is expected to become even more in demand in coming years as an expansive baby boomer population continues to age and require more and more medical care.

The required academic experience of a CNA is considerably less than that of a Registered Nurse who will likely have a minimum of a four-year bachelor’s degree or a doctor who may have eight or more years of school in addition to residency work. A CNA can expect to attend an accredited program for about two years to achieve an Associate’s Degree before undergoing certification testing. Some practices may require additional hands-on training but that varies by practice and does not follow a set routine.

Activities of a CNA may involve taking vital signs, weighing patients, assisting patients getting into or out of bed or walking, delivering messages, monitoring vital signs, collecting samples for testing, assisting with patient hygiene, feeding and monitoring food and liquid intake. CNAs may also assist doctors with diagnosis and treatment of conditions ranging from colds and flu to a yeast infection or more serious ailments such as diabetes and cancer.

This work may take place in a variety of settings that range from a doctor’s office or clinic to hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient care settings and even in-home environments where the CNA may work with limited supervision. It is important to know that a CNA is fairly low in the hierarchy of a medical practice’s staff and may be prone to being given jobs that are less desirable to others in the organization.

Currently, the average national salary for a CNA is about $29,000. While that may not seem like a lot compared to other professions, consider the stability and in-demand nature of the job. That is extremely beneficial, especially in a down economy. Additionally, CNAs pick up valuable knowledge along the way and with additional education have many doors to advancement available to them.

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After President Nixon unilaterally de-linked the dollar from the gold standard and went to China for trade talks, the American job market became very vulnerable.

Millions of high paying factory jobs were lost in America, and these jobs and factories were shipped to China to build the Chinese and Asian economies.

This process of massive job losses has continued to this day but there are some areas in the service sector where the jobs cannot be shipped to Third-World.

Certified Nursing Assistants and Pharmacists are in this uniquely positive position.  Unlike factory workers who can be shown pink slips at any time and ruthlessly fired, Certified Nursing Assistants and Pharmacists are physically involved with the patients during the entire period at work [...] Continue Reading…

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One of the most rapidly expanding specializations for Certified Nursing Assistants is in the area of home healthcare. As more and more independent-minded baby boomers settle into the senior age bracket and need living assistance, but aren’t willing to leave their homes for a special facility, this type of medical care is only expected to further grow in coming years.

CNAs have long been an integral part of the medical community, working in doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals. Home healthcare adds another interesting facet to the field that has a reputation for being stable, well-paying and personally rewarding.

Home healthcare patients can range from those who recently had surgery and need extra assistance while they recuperate to those who can no [...] Continue Reading…

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