Certified Nurses Assistants play a vital role in caring for people who are ill. This growing profession focuses on helping people with activities of daily living and personal care. They work under the licensed nurses assisting with functions such as; daily bathing and dresses, feeding, helping patients walk and transferring to wheelchairs. They may work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and home health care.
Certified Nurses Assistants or known in some states as Licensed Nurses Assistants perform these functions and depending on the state my do even more for patients:
Taking a group of patients ranging from 5 patients to 15 in long-term care
Taking vital signs; blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiration
Obtaining Height and Weight
Bathing patients and helping them dress for the day. Skin care.
Assist with setting up feeding trays. Helping with feedings if necessary.
Positioning and turning patients who are immobile
Range of Motion exercises
Helping patients walk
Transferring to wheelchairs
Taking care of incontinence, changing patients and keeping skin clean and dry to prevent bedsores
How to become a Certified Nursing Assistant
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant has never been easier. The school only takes a few months and classes are held in community colleges, private schools and many adult school campuses. It requires both classroom time and clinical hours in order to take the certification exam. You will also need to be CPR certified and can take those classes from any provider that offers Accredited CPR Classes. Once you receive your diploma, you will be allowed to sit for the state board examination.
Some states even allow extra training to pass patient medications. These are known as Certified Medication Assistants.
In order to receive your certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will need to complete the required classroom time and clinical practice hours. Some schools do the testing on site or you will be sent to an independent testing facility. You will also need to pay the licensing fees in your state and have a federal background check.
Job Outlook and Opportunities
Employment growth for Certified Nurses Assistants is expected to increase by 21% between 2012 and 2022. This is a faster than average rate of job growth. Healthcare is always in need of more nursing assistants and there are plenty of exciting opportunities.
The average annual pay of a Certified Nursing Assistant is $24, 400 per year and about $11.73 per hour.
Number of Jobs, 2012
1, 534, 400
Employment Growth from 2012 -2022
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