A successful Certified Nursing Assistant is a team player besides having compassion for the job and attitude of serving humanity. With all these characteristics in a person one has chosen a right career, which is very satisfying and rewarding.
New (CNA’s) initially are afraid of the increasing workload on them and the all the activities taking place very fast. Because of their initial limitations of knowing and doing the job satisfactorily, there are challenges faced by them. The persons who can manage their stresses properly are the ones, who have a higher degree of compassion for their assignment.
On the contrary persons, who view (CNA) as just a job meant for devoting certain hours and getting the payment to pay for their expenses, face all the difficulties, because of their attitudes and lacking of responsibilities. These people are just short term entries and remain unsuccessful. They are always looking for a change. The sooner they do the better it would be, because they are misfits. The (CNA) job requires lot of patience, self confidence, maturity, public relation skills and willingness to be team player. One gets lot of opportunity to improve upon all these characteristics.
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant:
Becoming a Certified Nursing assistant is not a difficult task as one may think initially. Every state has its own criteria of minimum time period fixed by them to become eligible for (CNA) test, training schedule and infrastructure facility available in a particular state. All the related information is accessible from State Nurse Registry or State Licensing Board. One can log into directory of nursing agencies that offer (CNA) Classes to find out details.
It is just for information (CNA) is known by a number of names like Nursing assistants, Nurse Aides, Orderlies, Patient Care Technicians, Home Health aides etc.
While applying for Health Care facilities it is required to furnish background check to rule out criminal involvement and drug test. Irrespective of the place one works one has to have training.
Features of Training:
- The health care facilities like nursing homes, advertise for free classes or one may be paid also during training.
- These classes are for persons, not having any previous experience about health care.
- These classes are full time with a duration span of 2 to 6 weeks.
- Free classes are offered on the condition that one shall be working in these organizations for a specified period in return of free classes offered by them.
- One also becomes eligible in respect of state expense expenditure also be borne by the employing organization.
One can get similar training through Red Cross organization or local community institution created for the purpose. These classes are for duration of about 6 months and their cost is around $500. The training one gets here is professional and very extensive. The (CNA)’s getting such a training become more confident in their job performance.
Qualifying (CNA) State Test:
After completing this training and passing the State test one becomes a certified nursing assistant. There are few places where after completing the training one can work for 3 to 4 months without certification. The state Test has two Parts. One is written theory test and second is clinical experience. Written test is of describing concepts learned in theory classes.
Essential Parts of Clinical Test:
The (CNA) candidates often feel clinical test to be little difficult, being getting nervous. The state examiner understands one’s cause of nervousness and is only looking for display of number of basic skills of caring for the patient. It is important to stress on the safety aspects like locking of wheel chair, fastening of belt, while transfer of the patient, elevating the bed railing and keeping in place as completing patient care demonstration.
Essentials of Patient Care:
There are certain privacy of the patient measures, which should also be observed like knocking of door before entering, raising of curtains around patient, covering patient addressing the patient with first name and provide explanation of caring steps before beginning. Washing of hands before and after completing the care besides wearing of gloves are essential part of patient care.