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.