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The Benefits Of Obtaining A Nursing Assistant Certification

Dec 13, 2007
If you have ever considered a career in nursing, then you may want to consider getting a nursing assistant certification first. Many say that job prospects in other areas may be diminishing, but careers in healthcare are growing rapidly. However, this growing field tends to make the number of educators even smaller, which impacts their programs, which in turn makes it more difficult to break into the field and some of these programs even have a waiting list.

Which is why many choose to begin their career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). In a nursing assistant program, the course of study is shorter and is usually a bit more available through adult education departments or community colleges.

Sometimes becoming CNA certified can be an advantage to getting into other programs as well. This can also prove helpful as many of these education programs have recently started requiring CNA and/or other health field related experience in order to begin instruction.

Your nursing assistant certification can be just one step on your way to obtaining your professional license to be a nurse, however many individuals enjoy the career freedom that being an assistant gives. You can use your assistant status to obtain employment in a residential care facility or a private care facility.

The general guidelines that need to be met in order to become CNA certified, begins with having a high school diploma or GED. And as previously indicated, CNA programs are usually offered through adult educational schools, community colleges and vocational schools.

Some hospitals still offer the program but they are rare. The minimum amount of instruction required is usually 75 hours. However some states require more hours and the programs range from 75 to 150 hours.

There are several subjects required in order to receive your certification, from physiology and anatomy to infection control and nutrition. It also covers such topics as feeding and bathing (personal care skills). Ambulation and safe transfer are also likely to be taught in the majority of programs.

Once you have met the instruction hours training requirements and have graduated from your nursing assistant program, you will have a period of 120-days to take the final exam. This exam will include sections for both clinical and written examples of problem handling skills. Once you pass this final exam, you will receive your nursing assistant certification.

The state registry of nursing assistants will add the student's name once they have received their certification. Normally a state requires, in order to maintain an active certification, some type of continuing education. This is often done through continued learning courses counted by the hour.

With the demand for competent medical field personnel constantly rising, obtaining a nursing assistant certification is an even more crucial step to furthering a medical career, as it brings you one step closer to meeting the demands often cited by medical institutions.
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