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What skills are required to become a certified nursing assistant?

Asked Edinburgh, Indiana

columbus, georgia

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Nija’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

Hi Asia,

I hope you are doing well. It's great that you want to become a CNA and the field has created a lot of job opportunities to provide a service to people. First, you must have a high school diploma or a GED. Then, you have to attend a CNA program for a about 4-8 weeks and complete the program successfully. Finally, you must study and prepare to take the state exam to become a certified CNA. In addition, the following skills that are needed to be a successful CNA are listed below:

  • Excellent verbal and communication skills. Have a positive attitude and a good personality.
  • Being able to observe patient's day to day physical and mental health. A CNA must keep a keen eye on the patients and report the slightest changes.
  • The ability to follow set rules and protocol. Try your best to do a good job.
  • Have good time management and organizational skills.
  • Have empathy and compassion for the patients and their families.
  • Become CPR and first-aid certified
  • Patient and environmental safety.
  • Proficient in basic skills of patient care.
  • Vital signs and patient observation.
  • Knowledgeable in medical terminology.
  • HIPAA and patient privacy.
  • Use of proper documentation standards.



Nija recommends the following next steps:

  • Volunteer at a healthcare facility
  • Communicate with CNAs in the field and ask questions
  • Continue to do your research.