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Brian’s Answer

Hi L!

A career in healthcare can be a humbling and rewarding experience - being there for others in their moments of need is a powerful experience.

There is a lot of great information about Certified Nursing. I'd recommend checking out 2 resources as your next steps - a national view of the role, and state specific requirements.

Brian recommends the following next steps:

Learn more about Certified Nursing as a career including salary ranges, requirements, reviews and advice, and even a sense of how many people are being sought for this job through the link to job listings at the US News and World Report: https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/nursing-aide
Then, check out requirements and information specific to your home state (looks like Missouri): https://www.nursinglicensure.org/cna/missouri-nursing-assistant.html
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi L:

Certified Nursing Assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

■ EDUCATION & TRAINING

Nursing assistants often need to complete a state-approved education program that includes both instruction on the principles of nursing and supervised clinical work. These programs are available in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures. Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

■ LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS & REGISTRATIONS

Specific requirements for nursing assistants vary by state. Nursing assistants often need a state-issued license or certification. After completing an approved education program, nursing assistants often must pass a competency exam, which allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary by state.

In some states, nursing assistants may earn additional credentials, such as Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they may dispense medications. Orderlies do not need a license; however, jobs might require certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS).

■ PAY
The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $30,850 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $42,110.

The median annual wage for orderlies was $30,030 in May 2020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $44,550.

Best of luck to you on your journey!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm#tab-4
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Janice’s Answer

Hi L-

Glad to hear you are interested in becoming a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). This is a very rewarding career and you will be exposed to other health professions. Your CNA experience will be exciting and rewarding!

Consider shadowing a CNA so you gain insight into this career.
Courses are taken to become a CNA. Go online and search for CNA courses in your area.
The CNA exam must be taken after you complete the course.
After you pass the CNA, begin applying to hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities as a CNA.

Good luck!
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Janice’s Answer

Hi L-

Glad to hear you are interested in becoming a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). This is a very rewarding career and you will be exposed to other health professions. Your CNA experience will be exciting and rewarding!

Consider shadowing a CNA so you gain insight into this career.
Courses are taken to become a CNA. Go online and search for CNA courses in your area.
The CNA exam must be taken after you complete the course.
After you pass the CNA, begin applying to hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities as a CNA.

Good luck!
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