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Becoming a Certified Nurses Aid and Build a Lifetime Career

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When you visit a physician's office you will see many Certified Nurses Aides assisting other nurses and doctors. The need for certified nurse's aid is very high, so many opportunities are available for the student fresh out of school and experienced individuals.

A certified nurse job entails service food to patients in a hospital, phone conversations to provide help and answers to questions, using and setting up equipment for medical exams, helping a patient with mobility, dressing, feeding and bathing a patient and also moving the patient from one area to another.

As with any medical profession, a practicing nurse must be certified to legally perform services by passing an exam upon completion of classes.



The federal government has implement guidelines to be followed for certification in the states. All educational programs must adhere to the rules. A CNA student must attend class for at least 75 hours of instruction time along with sixteen hours of hands on training. Certification is given only after the exam is passed. Another twelve hours of additional education must be completed annually to protect the nurse's aid certification status. Each state may have additional requirements as well.

While in high school, the recommended courses include biology and other courses that will help in the medical field. College courses in the medical field are also required. The higher the level of education obtained, the better the job and salary received will be. Having a degree in the field will open many doors and windows.

Having patience to deal with patients that are grouchy and groggy takes much energy to cope with. Being able to tolerate and control stress is another important virtue. If you are well trained, you will be able to avoid any muscle strain and contraction of diseases from the patients the service is provided to.

Many options are available to fulfill training required to become a nurse aid and remain employed in this field. Most accredited nursing schools and colleges offer training for the field to gain experience to become a successful health professional. The local and state government may also offer free programs to join the workforce and obtain hands on experience similar to an internship program. Local hospitals and specialized medical facilities will accept volunteers to help their patients meet their needs. Volunteering is another exceptional choice for training.

Employment at a hospital is recommended to learn more on the field. Since the duties are diversified, it is best to increase the knowledge and experience in this manner.

Business entities involved in the medical field are always seeking qualified individuals to employ. The possibilities include consulting on a freelance basis or working part time or full time as a nurse who is certified. Since the medical field is continuously growing, many options exist for the type of employment facility to work for. Some of the possibilities include hospitals, physician's office, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, surgery specialties, and mental institutions.

The number of job openings for this field is high with the highest need to fulfill elderly health care needs. The demand for certified nurse's aids is expected to increase by at least 49% over a period of 10 years. This percentage pertains to home nursing requirements alone.

Due to increasing costs to obtain medical attention and lack of insurance or poor medical insurance policy quality, the demand for lower level health care providers has increased. Patients who are hospitalized are released sooner to have more treatment and recuperation time at home with home certified aids.

The salary for a new certified aid is low. The local government pays higher than the average salary of $10.67 per hour. Salary paid will depend on where the employment is located as well as the contract provided and the shift the person will work. The field involved will also play a part in the salary. A provider working in a home environment will have a lower income rate. The low salary provided is also a means for decreasing medical expenses.

The medical field has always been a booming industry that is expected to boom even more. Plenty of jobs are available because nursing employees come and go frequently. With the turnover rate high, medical facilities continuously seek qualified individuals. Though the salary is not high, the experience can be rewarding on a personal level knowing services are given to people in need.
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