CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION
Nursing assistant programs can be completed in just a few weeks and generally include lab and clinical instruction. While enrolled in a program, you will learn basic nursing and personal skills, clients' rights, and effective communication techniques. Because nursing assistant programs require you to have certain basic functional abilities, good courses to take in high school in preparation for this occupation include math, reading, and English. Paying close attention to these areas in high school can also help students prepare for the assessment tests required by many CNA programs. Additionally, nursing assistants need to be able to effectively communicate patient information to nurses and other healthcare workers. Speech or writing courses in high school or other academic programs can help develop these skills.
Once you've completed the education requirements, nursing assistants must take a state competency exam. Some states then grant individuals the title of certified nursing assistant. However, the specific title can vary by state. Also, nursing assistants who have passed the exam are placed on a state's registry. To work in a nursing home, many states require nursing assistants to be on the state registry. Preparation courses are available for CNA exams. Prospective nursing assistants also should be familiar with specific state requirements. A state's board of nursing or health will have information on whether continuing education courses, background checks, or any other requirements are needed for full qualification as a nursing assistant.
Tricia CNAs might opt to advance to higher-level nursing positions, such as licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN). While experience as a CNA could prove helpful, additional education is also necessary.
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Kerrie Chambers, MSN, RN, CNOR, CNS-CP, CLNC
But if you are dedicated try to go the route of being sponsored by a hospital .
Some times you don't get trained properly by some online as well as some cna schools that are presented. Regardless what ever school you find make sure your credits are tranfereable. If I were you just go for the RN BSN because that is now the starting point now for career wise tract. But understand what nursing really is. Try job shadowing Talk with an hospital to really know what each job entails how long is expected. Talk about wages for labor and bebefits. Then you can make a more informal decision.
Not to discurage you but for you to understand to make a career fun it'll last longer if you enjoy what you do. Instead of thinking about it as work.
As others have already shared some great suggestions, I recommend that you job shadow at a local hospital or assisted living facility perhaps by becoming a volunteer. When my son was in high school he was a member of a "MEDICAL EXPLORERS" program where he spent approximately 3 hours per month shadowing doctors in the hospital touring every department. The program was sponsored by the local hospital and in partnership with the high school. Fast forward a few years later, he's now in a program (fellowship) specializing in Pediatrics. He gained valuable insights into what it would be like to become a doctor. While in medical school, one summer he took an "unpaid" internship in Pediatrics. That was probably one of the best experience of his medical journey.
Best of luck to you!
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