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Entering Healthcare As A Certified Nursing Assistant


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A certified nursing assistant works one on one with patients and is right on the ground floor of promoting patient safety and dignified patient care.

Most CNA jobs require their personnel to perform all non-invasive procedures such as washing and changing patients, providing oral hygiene, and promoting client exercise. However, a CNA’s scope of practice may vary state to state.

Education & Certification Required To Become A CNA

There are a few basic requirements to become a certified nursing assistant. You must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and a valid social security or state ID.

Most states will require that you take a CNA instruction course to prepare you for the exam that will provide your CNA state licensure. If you live in one of the states that doesn’t require a training course, you may consider taking one anyway, so that you will have an appropriate understanding of the material to be presented on the test, and so that you’ll know if a career as a certified nursing assistant is right for you.

Once you’ve accepted a position as a CNA, you will likely be tested for substance abuse and have a criminal background check performed to make certain that you are a safe practitioner. Home care CNA roles are also growing in demand, as populations age and in-home care becomes more popular.


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