Mar 07 2012
What is a CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant?
A CNA or certified nursing assistant is a profession that gives individuals the opportunity to assist and work directly with a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. The duties of a certified nursing assistant will typically involve helping patients with their day to day activities including: bathing, feeding, grooming, vitals, and other monitoring. A CNA will essentially relay important data about the patient to the RN. They will also often have the most direct contact with the patient and will often know more about their patients than anyone else.
CNAs essentially get to do the grunt work in a health care facility. It is typically hard work and the turnover is often high. In many cases it is a good stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse. Certified nursing assistants can work in a variety of locations including hospitals, nursing homes, elderly care facilities, and residential homes.
To become a CNA an individual must have a high school diploma or equivalent and complete a certification program as determined by the state. CNA certification classes are offered by colleges, community colleges, medical facilities, and even online.
A Certified Nursing Assistant is not an entry level position but in many cases will still earn an hourly wage that will vary based upon the state they reside in. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for a CNA was $11.46 in 2008.
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