Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are extremely important in the current health care system by providing basic direct care to clients in a wide range of settings. The Bureau of Labor anticipates employment for CNAs to grow 21 percent through 2022 as the U.S. population continues to age making them invaluable at Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities. It is common for many CNAs to further their education by enrolling to become a (LPN) Licensed Practical Nurse or (LVN) Licensed Vocational Nurse or a RN (Registered Nurse (RN).
What are the job duties and responsibilities of a CNA? Certified Nurse Assistants tend to basic care needs of their clients by helping them bathe, eat, walk and transfer safely in addition to managing supportive household tasks.Â Most CNAs do not administer prescribed medication to their clients other than reminders unlike HHAs in certain states who have training that qualifies them. Some CNAs work under the supervision of a (RN) Registered Nurse or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to perform several medical-related tasks such as taking vital signs, changing dressings, and cleaning catheters.
What job training is needed to become a CNA? Training programs for Certified Nurse Assistants similarly to HHAs and depending on the state can be found at or technical schools, community colleges and some job training programs. Â Federal Minimum Training Standards for Certified Nurse Aide are also the same as HHAs include 75 hours with 16 hours of supervised clinical hours but some require up to 120 hours of training.
What certifications are required to be hired as a CNA? A Certified Nurse Assistant must pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). This certification offers a statewide certification and can even allow a CNA to practice in other states where accepted. Training programs require that the student pass a background check, CPR certification and drug test along acquiring mandatory vaccinations.
Where is a CNA typically hired to work? Certified Nurse Assistants unlike most HHAs who primarily work in homecare, may work with a number of different clients in a wide range of healthcare facilities. Long-Term Care institutions where employed might include a Hospital, Nursing Home, and Assisted Living Facility. CNAs are also hired by Home Care Agencies to care for clients in their private homes.
How much does a CNA job pay? According to Bureau of Labor statistics a CNA on the average makes about $10-$15/hour depending on the location where they work.