Certified Nursing Assistant or Aide Training Varies in Each State of the U.S.A.

Certified Nursing Aides assist seniors with the hands-on care needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle while coping with age-related issues and diseases.  As America's population continues to live longer, we are also requiring more years of caregiving services.  Hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, assisted living communities and senior home care agencies all hire nursing aides who have formally passed their state's C.N.A. exam and maintain a certificate in good-standing.

Federal law created the training requirement and designation for the nursing aide position, but each state implements their own nursing aide exam and may add additional requirements on top of the training required by the federal law.

Nursing Assistant hours vary from a minimum of 75 hours of course work to a maximum of 180 hours (Maine requires 180 hours of training for C.N.A.'s).  The most common number of hours required are 75 and 120 hours.  Review the hours of C.N.A. training required in your state and request information on C.N.A. classes in your area.

Caregiverlist's C.N.A. School Directory provides information on the costs and admission requirements to become a C.N.A.  Employment opportunities are many for anyone with C.N.A. training and a caring and kind personality.  Anyone looking for a fulfilling career could test the waters in the caregiving industry by starting out as a professional caregiver and applying with one job application in their area on Caregiverlist (multiple companies use Caregiverlist's hiring platform and often hire as many as 5 new caregivers and aides weekly).

Review an Insider's Guide to Becoming a C.N.A. and take a practice C.N.A. exam as you explore this career opportunity.  Caregiver certification training consists of 10 hours of online training and can also provide an introduction to working as a professional caregiver.

Nursing Home Dental Care May Be Lacking Report Shows

Nursing homes care for senior residents who have a wide variety of care needs.  However, the level of staffing of Certified Nursing Aides to the number of senior residents they are caring for directly impacts the quality of care. You can review the C.N.A. to resident staffing levels in Caregiverlist's easy-to-use Nursing Home Star-Ratings directory.

Dental care for nursing home residents can impact their overall health.  This sort of makes sense, because everything needs more attention as we age and our new cells stop regenerating quickly to replace the old cells. And now we have a little research to back this up.

This means a new question to ask nursing homes when you are considering moving a senior into one for rehabilitation, should be:  "how often do you assist residents to brush their teeth?  And, "what do you do if they are resistance to dental care?"

A survey by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors says seven states have evaluated nursing home residents since 2011.  The findings show that there may be a growing epidemic in cavities, cracked teeth and gum disease in nursing home residents due to a lack of oral hygiene.

The association report gives the example of Kansas state, where nearly 30% of 540 older residents in 20 long-term-care facilities (that means nursing homes), had substantial oral debris on at least 2/3rds of their teeth and that regular oral care had become scarce.  

In Wisconsin, the report shows that about 31% of 1,100 nursing home residents from 24 different homes had teeth broken to the gums with visible roots, while about 35% had substantial oral debris.

Nursing home care includes dental care and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 requires brushing the teeth of nursing home residents who cannot do it themselves.  However, this is easier said than done.  As Certified Nursing Aides, or C.N.A.'s, know, if a senior is resistant to assistance, it can be very difficult to brush their teeth for them.  C.N.A.'s are required by law to be staffed at nursing homes to assist with the daily hands-on care.  

Seniors who have neglected their dental care for years prior to be admitted to a nursing home present an additional challenge.  Medicare does not pay for routine dental care.  Perhaps new technology can assist with finding a better way to assist C.N.A.'s to perform dental care in nursing homes.  The family members of seniors should be aware that they may have to step in to assist if the senior does not want to cooperate with the brushing of teeth and oral hygiene.

As assisting senior can be a challenging job, although always fulfilling, there is an ongoing demand for more Certified Nursing Aides - apply for a companion caregiving job in your area (Part-time and Full-time positions are available) and learn about becoming a C.N.A.


Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers Accepting Submissions This July

Caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides, and Certified Home Health Aides, submit a photo of yourself with your senior client to the Caregiverlist Summer Photo Contest for Senior Caregivers. The contest starts Monday, July 8, 2013, and runs through Monday, July 29, 2013. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The Caregiverlist Facebook page hosts the contest.


Contest winners will be chosen based on popularity via voting.  Caregiverlist will award $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift cards to the top 3 voted pictures and free t-shirts to the runners-up.


Photo submissions that feature some creativity and uniqueness will bring competition to this contest. Caregiverlist expects that the caregivers, Certified Nursing Aides and Certified Home Health Aides who submit “fun” photos will gain more votes. Those who submit photos should share their photo across social networks and with friends and family to encourage more voting.

Caregivers may submit their photo on Facebook and vote for caregiver and senior photo submissions here.

Good luck!

National Nursing Assistant's Week—Caregiverlist Celebrates with T-Shirt Giveaway

Certified nursing aids—everyone likes free stuff, right? How about a free t-shirt? Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week with Caregiverlist.  The Refer-a-Friend program provides an opportunity to get a caregiving job and their friend a chance to win a t-shirt!

Refer-a-Friend to a caregiving job will enter one for a chance to win a free t-shirt with additional prizes.  To honor the last day of National Nursing Assistants Week, Caregiverlist will give away 10 t-shirts to the Refer-a-Friend winners on Thursday, June 20th. Caregiverlist has weekly and monthly winners through the Refer-a-Friend program. Each week, Caregiverlist gives away a t-shirt and a monthly winner receives a $50 gift card.

C.N.A.’s and caregivers can stay active in the caregiving community with Caregiverlist.com. Stories share times of struggle and satisfaction.  C.N.A.’s and caregivers get involved by sharing their stories on Caregiverlist.  Those who post submissions inspire others who face physical, mental and emotional demands of caregiving. Read past stories that have been submitted by caregivers for motivation.

Caregivers, C.N.A.s and C.H.H.A.s looking for employment can apply for jobs online. Senior care companies hire on a weekly basis in all areas nationally. Those interested in a caregiving job can fill out an application online through Caregiverlist.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo of the Week

Caregivers employed with senior care companies know the realities of caregiver stress. Caregiverlist invites all family caregivers and professional caregivers to take a moment for relaxation with our photo of the week and inspirational quote. Thank you for caring for our seniors. Remember more caregivers are needed, please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. 


"There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness".

-Han Suyin


San Diego Certified Nursing Aide (C.N.A.) Jobs

Certified Nursing Aides or Certified Nursing Assistants, can apply for a C.N.A. job in their area on Caregiverlist.com.  As new Assisted Living communities have opened their doors, and more seniors choose to age-in-place in San Diego, more C.N.A. job positions are available.

Senior caregivers interested in becoming a C.N.A. may find schools in the San Diego area providing Certified Nursing Aide training programs.

C.N.A. jobs include working in nursing homes, assisted living communities and for senior home care agencies or hospices.  Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care and really are the main care provider for seniors with age-related illnesses or with hospice care services, which delivers high job fulfillment for C.N.A.'s.

Caesar Chavez Nursing School in San Deigo provides a 6-week C.N.A. training program that costs about $300.00. Admission requirements include passing a criminal background check, Tuberculosis Skin Test, fingerprint submission, background check and reading and English competency exam.  Check out a sample C.N.A. text to learn about the skills taught in a C.N.A. program.  Each state requires passing their Certified Nursing Aide exam to become officially "certified" as a nursing assistant.

Certified Nursing Aides and professional caregivers may view C.N.A. schools and a caregiver job description and apply for a C.N.A. job in their area.


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Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs: Begin a Career in Caregiving

Certified Nursing Assistant jobs are plentiful and will continue to grow. This is because facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living, who provide nursing care for seniors, must maintain a minimum staffing level of Certified Nursing Assistants (also called Certified Nursing Aides, or C.N.A.'s, for short).   Health inspectors will drop by to make sure the faciltiies are maintaining the staffing levels and this is so important that many senior care companies hire an extra staffing firm to be on deck to staff when a C.N.A. calls in sick.

Certified Nursing Assistants assist with the "hands-on" care for seniors.  This includes assisting with bathing, feeding, bathroom visits, exercises, transfers and really all aspects of care, including maintaining proper care notes.

Certified Nursing Aide schools provide training, which meets the state guidelines in each state.  The C.N.A. student must complete field work where they will actually work at a facility for training and then must pass the state C.N.A. exam.

Certified Nursing Aide employment may be with a senior home care agency (assisting a senior in their home), a nursing home or assisted living community or hospice.  Hospice care can be in a hospital setting or in the home.

Certified Nursing Aide schools may offer scholoarships and some employers will reimburse tuition.  The course usually lasts from 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on if it is a part-time or full-time nursing aide training program.  Some employers, such as nursing homes, also provide their own C.N.A. classes only for nursing aides they will be hiring.

Caregiverlist's Certified Nursing Aide school directory provides the admission requirements and tuition costs at schools nationwide.  Usually students must have a high school dipoloma or the equivalent in order to be admitted.

Caregivers who are interested in studying to be a C.N.A. may take a free sample C.N.A. test or an official C.N.A. practice test to learn about the skills taught.  Once a certificate has been earned, a C.N.A. must meet state requirements to renew it, usually every 2 years.

Professional caregivers may begin their career in caregiving by working for a senior home care agency as a companion caregiver and may also obtain a caregiver certification to provide professional caregiving services through a 10-hour online caregiver certification course.



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Caregiver Jobs

Senior caregiver positions offer a diversity of opportunities for both caring individuals with no experience and those with professional training as senior caregivers.

Senior care companies hire caregivers with a wide range of skills and availability to work different schedules as sometimes care services must be provided around-the-clock for seniors on hospice services or with memory loss. Senior care companies hiring Certified Nursing Aides and Companion Caregivers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted Living Communities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Senior Home Care Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Adult Day Care Centers

As the U.S. population continues to age, ongoing career opportunities for senior caregivers will continue.  In addition, the number of women over the age of 60 will dramatically increase and as women are the primary caregivers, this will impact how care will be delivered.

Volunteers of America will discuss women and aging on May 10, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The discussion will focus on public policy to address the needs of America's women as they age and the resources that will be needed.

  • Women can expect to spend 18 years caring for a parent.
  • Women have a longer life expectancy than men on average.
  • 66% of baby boomers feel they have not adequately prepared financially for the future.
  • Nearly half of women caregivers (48 %) say the economic situation has made providing care more difficult.
  • 39% of current non-caregivers are not confident about their ability to cover the costs of their possible future care responsibilities.

The first step in understanding how to plan for senior care is to understand the senior care options and costs.  Medicare does not pay for long-term care in a nursing home nor in the home.  Nursing home costs can range from $125 to $700 per day, depending on the care services and the location of the nursing home.  Research senior care options, find the costs of care and begin your senior care plan.  Those interested in beginning a career in senior care can read the job description and apply for a senior care job near them.

Find Certified Nursing Aide Schools in Your Area

Caregivers interested in furthering their education and securing top senior caregiving positions may want to consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide, also referred to as a C.N.A.  Some states also offer certifications for home health aides and personal care assistants who work in senior's homes.

What are the requirements for admission to a nursing aide program?

  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Background Check
  • Drug Test
  • English Comprehension for reading and writing
  • Basic math skills

Community colleges and vocational schools and some universities offer classes for certification and sometimes hospitals and nursing homes provide classes.  You can find a nursing aide certification program in your area on Caregiverlist, along with the costs and admissions requirements.

Tip:  schools tell us there are many financial aide, grants and tuition reimbursement programs available as long as you plan ahead and apply early.  As there is an ongoing need for senior caregivers with the aging population, sometimes employers also pay for the certification.

You may also take a Sample C.N.A. Test or complete a C.N.A. Practice Test to learn about the types of skills taught in these programs.  After attending classes and performing work in a clinical setting, students must pass the state's nursing aide certification exam.  Caregiverlist's practice test contains the certification exam questions.


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C.N.A. & Caregiver Practice Test

Are you considering becoming a Certified Nursing Aide? Or, are you interested in developing your nursing aide skills as a senior caregiver?

Hdmaster administers the nursing aide certification exams in many states, providing tests which are developed by Registered Nurses and approved by industry professionals and the health departments in each state.  Senior caregivers seeking to work for senior home care agencies may be companion caregivers or may be required to be certified for certain cases (many long-term care insurance companies require the care to be provided by a certified nursing aide).

You can now take their official nursing aide practice test to find out the skills the nursing aides develop in their nursing aide training programs and you will enhance your own caregiving skills in the process.

Caregiverlist's nursing aide practice test can be found in our Caregiver Career Center, where you may also apply for a senior caregiving position in your area.

You may also sign-up for membership in the Professional Association of Caregivers and receive a 10-hour online training course and once passed at 80% pass rate for each module, will receive a certificate of completion.

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