CNA training programs specific to the state are available in each state ensuring that one works only after complying with the eligibility criteria and passing the state administered CNA competence examination. These programs are available at a number of community colleges, which charge fees for the program and many students can become eligible to the financial aid.
The CNA training programs offered by long term health care facilities, no fee is charged on the condition that the CNA agrees to work with the facility for specified number of years. Certain hospital can offer free training by using funds available under Workforce Investment Act funds.
Deciding about CNA Training Options:
The CNA training can be obtained at the Campus venue of the training school or an online facility. Each type of training has merits and demerits to be considered by the candidate before joining besides ensuring that the training facility is approved by the State Health Board.
The major advantage of the Campus training is that the candidate is in face to face contact with the instructor as well as other students at the training facility as well as the laboratory facilities existing in the training facility center.
There are few candidates, who join a CNA training to make a change of their present career, so they prefer an online facility, where one can learn at one’s own convenience ensuring that they get the training as well as are in a position to continue their present job. They can leave their present job, when they get CNA certificate and an offer of appointment.
The CNA training can be completed in a short period of just 6 weeks at few training centers, whereas there are some centers, who offer their training lasting over almost 9 months or even a year. Considering this variable duration of training, one should choose the training center, which offers the training conforming to the individual state requirement.
One should perform following activities while choosing a CNA Training Center:
- Contacting the admissions representative of the center irrespective of the fact one is considering one’s training in a community college or free training offer available of a local hospital or nursing home. The admission Representative arranges a guided tour of the campus classes and help in seeing the real set up and interaction with faculty and students.
- Online courses because of absence of physical factors, has difficulties in its evaluation. However one can search online for the students comments related to the center considering for online training.
- One can seek advice of state health department for their recommendation of an online.
- The CNA training institutes have reputation based on the quality of education which can be checked from local health care facilities for their feedback.
A CNA acts as an essential link for putting into action the health care services of the facility under the supervision of a registered nurse. Depending upon the location they are also known by the titles of orderlies, nurses’ aid and patient care technician.
Looking After Personal & Emotional Patient Satisfaction:
The assignments of a CNA relate to personal care of the patient and satisfying the primary living needs. A CNA is always found to be at the frontline interacting with the patients, coordinating the treatment advised by the doctor for the patient simultaneously acting under supervision of the Registered nurse. To make the interaction worthwhile and effective the CNA undergoes training and proves his competency before certification, which is necessary to work at the job.
A CNA has primary skills required in health care in respect of recording the vital signs of the patient, taking thermometer reading, measuring blood pressure, pulse rate etc. besides assistance in operation of diagnostic equipments available at the facility, looking after bathing and dressing up of the patient in changed clothes, looking after safe transportation of the patient on wheelchair or stretcher trolley. Patients also get deep emotional companionship because a CNA can spend more time with them.
Patients having critical condition need more care from the CNA regarding lifting them to change their position on the bed from time to time so that they may not suffer from bed sores. Such patients require lot of care for taking them to the bathrooms, making them sit on the chair considering their safety aspects. CNA’s have the skills to give first aid when required, collection of urine and stool samples for carrying out investigations. A CNA can make the patients learn physical exercises, when the patient is idle, so that improvement in the range of motion can be maintained helping the patient to be more ambulatory with or without help.
The CNA’s are well trained for carrying out activities related to basic hygiene and patient caring jobs like brushing and flossing of the patient’s teeth or care of the denture, helping the patient take shower bath, shampoo washing and combing hair, helping male patients shave their grown beard etc.
CNA’s when needed help patients going to bath room or helping them with bedpan, emptying filled up urine bags and replacement of catheter if required. Some times the patient requires administration of enema to pass the stools.
A CNA is of great help to the Registered Nurse to share the overload of physical activities with the patients on behalf of the registered nurse at long term health care environment.