Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Designed to help you learn the skills necessary to provide important, quality care, our CNA training program makes it possible to embark on a rewarding, meaningful career that can make a difference to those in need.
By combining traditional classroom instruction with hands-on experience, our Certified Nurse Assistant training program not only gives you the knowledge you need – but allows you to build the skills necessary to do the job well.
Certified Nursing Assistants help with activities of daily living, including the following:
Clean and bathe patients
Help patients use the toilet and dress
Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
Serve meals and help patients eat
Depending on their training and their state of practice, some CNAs may maintain the responsibility of dispensing medication to patients or residents.
In a nursing home environment, CNAs commonly work as principal caregivers. A CNA may have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Due to the nature of this relationship, residents who stay in a nursing homes for extended periods of time may develop close attachments to their CNAs, and vice versa.
Certified Nursing Assistants work as part of a healthcare team, directly under the supervision of a licensed practical, or vocational, nurses and registered nurses. CNAs spend the majority of their working hours on their feet while caring for a varied, but high, number of patients. CNAs wear uniforms (scrubs) to maintain the cleanliness of their healthcare facility and the safety of the personnel and residents. Training for proper lifting and moving of patients is required or provided by most CNA employers.
What is a a CNA work environment like? In 2012, Certified Nursing Assistants held, roughly, 1.5 million jobs with more than half of all CNAs working in nursing and residential care facilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A heavier demand on the healthcare industry by an aging workforce will require more CNAs to care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities with special interest in chronic conditions and dementia.