Taking the Certified Nursing Aide Exam: A Story

Senior care is more than just a job, it’s a calling. It’s what we at Caregiverlist truly believe and the staff at Caregiverlist proves the point. Many come from eldercare backgrounds and feel very strongly about our mission, “Caring for the Caregiver” because we’ve lived it.

Caregiverlist account manager Patrick Welch began his career as a C.N.A. at age 16. In a previous post, Patrick shared his story about becoming a C.N.A. and working as a C.N.A. during his clinical trials training. Here he talks specifically about taking his C.N.A. exam.

After my interesting and memorable experience taking the 120 hour Wisconsin C.N.A. class and having my first resident pass away during my 32 hours of clinical training in a rather abrupt and unconventional manner, it was time for me to take the official C.N.A. exam. There are a few different companies who administer the Nurse Aide exam. I took the sample exam through Headmaster as a refresher and passed with a 93%. The official Wisconsin exam I needed to pass was through Pearson Vue, includes a written and evaluation portion of the exam. The two-part exam takes approximately 3 hours and is comprised of approximately 60 multiple choice and 10 reading comprehension questions, in addition to 5 randomly selected skills to be performed during the evaluation portion.

After my class, I registered to take the official Wisconsin Nurse Aide exam and paid my $115 exam fee. In a letter I received shortly after, I was notified I would be taking my exam in Wausau, Wisconsin at a semi-monthly testing facility, which happened to be located on the same technical college campus where I took my nurse aide class.

I came in early to sign-in, and was asked to provide a valid ID. This is important — make sure you have a valid form of identification or they will not let you take the exam. As all the students trickled into the waiting room, we waited to be called into the classroom to start their exams.

I finished the written portion of my exam with plenty of time to spare, flipped it over and waited to be called for my turn to complete the evaluation portion. I felt that the written portion was a breeze, but I was slightly anxious about the evaluation portion. What if I had to perform female peri-care in front of an instructor, would I get it right? As a male C.N.A., you always have a little push back and this was certainly on my mind. However, growing up around a mother who was a nurse and having an excellent instructor throughout my 120 hour C.N.A. course, I figured that no matter what they throw at me I could handle it.

When they finally called my name, I walked into the next room where the skills evaluation takes place and was given five random tasks. “You need to demonstrate proper hand washing techniques, female peri-care, feeding a diabetic patient, dental care, and recording vital signs” stated my instructor. I knew that I could handle all of these tasks, the only one I was slightly anxious on was female peri-care, but my instructor had taught me a way to remember how to properly handle this skill, with a simple rhyme; majora majora, minora minora, down the middle, obviously this is very basic on how to handle this task, but it provided me with a guide to properly perform this skill.

Proper handwashing techniques are vital to remember before performing any task, and depending on the skill may require you to wash your hands more than once. Make sure that you always listen to exactly what your instructor tells you and remember to perform the task exactly as you learned it. I left the testing facility feeling pretty good about myself — all that was left was to wait for the results to be mailed to me, which can take up to 2 weeks. When the letter finally came, I was relieved to see that I had successfully passed my nurse aide exam and was an official Wisconsin Certified Nursing Aide.

Are you compassionate? A team player with a positive attitude, well sounds like you’re ready to become a C.N.A.. Look up a C.N.A. school in your area and get enrolled today. Listen to Patrick discuss becoming a C.N.A. in Part One of this BlogTalkRadio series: Becoming a Certified Nursing Aide.

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Tampa, Florida Caregiver Wins Refer-a-Friend Prize for Referring Her Friends to Caregivelist Job Application

Congratulations to this week's winner of Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend for Caregiving Job and Win program - senior caregiver Katrina Myrick from Tampa, FL!

 

Katrina referred her friends and family for caregiving jobs that are available on Caregiverlist.com, and she won free senior caregiver 10 hour training course, lapel pin, and Caregiverlist t-shirt.

 

Caregiving provides fulfillment beyond a paycheck and offers the benefits of flexible work schedules as part-time and full-time caregivers are always needed.

 

Refer-a-friend to Caregiverlist and get entered to win a free t-shirt, lapel pin and 10-hour online caregiver training program as a member of the Professional Association of Caregivers. A new winner is drawn weekly. One monthly GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a Scrub of the Month (top, bottoms and pair of shoes), courtesy of Scrubs Magazine.

Caregiverlist Refer-a-Friend Job Application Winner

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. This week's photo features one of a kind sunset with clouds,  for caregivers and nurse aides to relax. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for caring for our seniors and 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.

Caregiver Stress Relief Photo Sunset

"The only source of knowledge is experience." 

Albert Einstein

S.T.N.A. Training and Jobs Can Be Found in the Buckeye State

As the demand for senior caregivers increases, more caregivers search for certified nursing assistant training programs near them on Caregiverlist’s  C.N.A. or C.H.H.A. School Directory. On average, certified nursing aides get paid anywhere from $10-16 per hour, which is above minimum wage in most states. C.N.A. stands for Certified Nursing Assistant, and C.H.H.A. stands for Certified Home Health Aide, as different states have various job openings for senior care workers. Some states, such as Ohio, calls nursing aides S.T.N.A.s. So what does the S.T.N.A. stands for?

 

S.T.N.A. stands for State Tested Nurse Aides. Actually C.N.A. and S.T.N.A. mean the same thing — the state tested nurse aide is a state-specific name for this caregiving career. The only difference is the amount of training hours that a nurse aide must complete to receive the certification.

 

“Some states require at least 75 hours of certified nursing aide training,  depending on state requirements,” according to Jen Underwood, Headmaster LLP of D&S Diversified Technologies LLP. “In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health requires nurse aides to complete a 75 hour Ohio Health Department approved nurse aide training program prior to taking the state test. Nurse Aides in Ohio must pass the state test with an 80% without missing a bold/key element as defined in the Ohio Candidate handbook. We have all of our states that we offer nurse aide, med aide, and home health aide testing listed  on our web site at hdmaster.com.”

 

Multiple senior care jobs are available near you on www.Caregiverlist.com. To apply online for senior caregiver, family companion, C.N.A., C.H.H.A. and S.T.N.A. job openings - submit one Caregiverlist JobApplication and reach multiple employers near you!

Caregiverlist C.N.A. and C.H.H.A. School Directory

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. This week's photo features a palm tree somewhere warm and sunny . Thank you caregivers for caring for our seniors and please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on www.Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools.

Caregiverlist Stress Relief Photo Palm Tree

"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."

Flora Edwards

Senior Home Care Can Take a Village

At Caregiverlist, we believe in “Caring for the Caregiver.” But just who is that senior caregiver?

As seniors choose more to age-in-place, their team of caregivers may grow. It might “take a village” to provide comprehensive care, so here are the possible villagers:

Family Caregivers
These are the unsung (and unpaid) senior caregivers. They provide the bulk of care for elderly family members. According to AARP and the Family Caregiver Alliance, the value of unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S., and the aging population 65+ will more than double between the years 2000 and 2030, increasing to 71.5 million from 35.1 million in 2000. Most family caregivers are women. About one-in-seven adults in their 40s and 50s provide financial support to both an aging parent and a child, not to mention emotional and physical support. That may be why the “Sandwich Generation” is helping to make senior home care such a thriving industry.

Professional Caregivers or Home Attendants
Senior home care agencies provide reliable, vetted, professional caregivers to assist seniors with the activities of daily living (ADLs). This can include assisting with light exercise. providing much-needed companionship, and assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming. Many home care agencies prefer certification and many states have minimum training requirements. You can obtain the skills for senior caregiving by taking the 10-hour line Caregiverlist Caregiver Certification training course.

Home Health Aides
Primarily, HHAs assist with bathing, dressing and other hygiene needs, in addition to preparing meals and helping patients eat. In some instances, they might provide some simple medical assistance, such as tracking medication and changing dressings. HHAs do not hold licenses but many employers prefer them to be certified. The certification process requires passing an exam after 75 hours of training and skills testing.

Certified Nursing Aide or Assistant (C.N.A.)
C.N.A.s provide more extensive health and personal support to seniors in the home. Many times they are responsible for “total client care”, which includes physical and emotional care as well as home safety, comfort, and security. A C.N.A.’s duties might include checking vital signs, assist with performing range of motion exercises, with lifting or transferring the patient to a chair or wheelchair. A C.N.A. has to be certified and licensed through the state Department of Health in which they work (sometimes states have reciprocity, or you can sometimes transfer your license to a new state.) Training involves both theory, or classroom work, and clinicals, the hands-on practice. Every state has established guidelines for training requirements and exams in order to become certified.

Occupational and Physical Therapists
Therapists may come to the home, on a doctor’s order, usually after a hospital or nursing home stay. They will work with patients to help them increase strength, balance and coordination. Therapy may help a senior regain the fine motor skills they need to function in day-to-day activities, such as dressing and bathing.

There are, of course, a variety of other home care support services, such as meal delivery and transportation services. Skilled home nursing (RNs and LPNs) who, when prescribed by a physician, can provide more intensive medical services to help a senior stay in their home and independent longer. Comprehensive senior care allowing the elderly to age-in-place is a team effort. If you are interested in becoming part of a family’s senior care village, consider applying for a job as a senior caregiver.

Scrub of the Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Scrubs

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it’s also time for a new Refer-a-Friend for a Scrub of the Month giveaway.

Fall is here — there’s a chill in the air and days are shorter, but here’s an opportunity to lighten things up and promote a worthy cause. Besides, who doesn’t look pretty in pink?

Scrubs Magazine has linked with Ford Warriors in Pink to provide these adorable scrubs from Cherokee Uniforms as a way to celebrate the survivors and show support for those who still fight the fight.

The pink V-neck top, features contrast stitch details along the neckline, front princess seams, two front pockets, a printed Warriors in Pink grosgrain ribbon edging the pockets and a Warriors in Pink screen print. The cute, flare leg pants have an elastic waist with a printed Warriors in Pink drawstring, front patch pockets and a cargo pocket featuring a Warriors in Pink screen print.

Caregiverlist is proud to have partnered with Scrubs Magazine, the nurse’s guide to good living, to offer a Scrub of the Month as a Grand Prize in our Refer-A-Friend program. If you know someone who has what it takes to be a great caregiver (you know the type — good work ethic, reliable, and above all, empathetic), fill out the form and we'll be happy to set them on a career path that offers the ability to make a huge difference in someone's life. And you might just win these great scrubs!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senior Caregiver Jobs with Part-Time, Full-Time, and Live-in Job Openings

Caregiverlist's Samantha Franklin explains that Professional Senior Caregivers in Philadelphia, PA, are always in demand. Philadelphia senior caregiving jobs are available for full-time, part-time, and live-in caregiving and certified nursing aide positions, as senior care companies hire from 3 to 6 new caregivers each week. Apply for Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Home Health Aide, and Companion job openings near you on www.caregiverlist.com. Do you know someone who is looking for caregiver employment? Refer-a-Friend for caregiving jobs and enter for a chance to win Scrub of the Month , courtesy of Scrubs Magazine. 

 

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How Do I Apply for a Senior Care Job? and Other Caregiver Job Questions

At Caregiverlist, we monitor the questions we get from our community of caregivers. One of the most frequently asked questions has to do with the application and hiring process for home caregivers through our site. Here’s our caregiver job FAQ:

I am interested in a job as a caregiver. Do you hire me directly?
No, we don’t hire caregivers directly. We work with quality home care agencies in your area who will have access to your application, resume and certification information. If you fit their needed caregiver criteria, they will contact you directly. They hire for part-time, full-time and live-in caregivers.

I’m unclear about how to apply for a senior care job on Caregiverlist. Can you walk me through the process?
Yes! Our application takes about 5 minutes to fill out and, once submitted, gets pushed out to all the home care agencies in your area with whom we work — one application, lots of potential employers! Watch the video below and see just how simple the application process is:

How can I stand out in a sea of applicants?
Good question! It’s true that senior caregivers are in great demand and the need for great caregivers growing. However, the best caregivers get the best jobs and we’ve made it our mission to help you in the process.

If you are new to the caregiver field, we recommend you start with our basic, online non-medical caregiver training. It satisfies many states’ minimum 10-hour training requirements. Some states require more, so be sure to check out your state’s requirements. Once you’ve passed training, you can indicate your certification on your application.

Next, we suggest you fill out a resume and attach it to your application. We’ve found that it really helps your application stand out.

Third, while it’s not absolutely necessary, you can purchase a background check to see what other employers will be seeing and what it says about you. There’s no getting it — anyone who works in the caregiving field will be subject to a thorough background check. Home care agencies agree that background checks are a vital part of the hiring process and if you walk in with your own, verifiable background check, it really shows your initiative.

Once you are on your way in the caregiving field, you may decide to go further and become a Certified Nursing Aide. We provide a free Sample Certified Nursing Aide Test to see if you have what it takes to become a C.N.A. If it’s something you are interested in pursuing, we can provide you with C.N.A. and C.H.H.A school directories. Caregiving is a challenging and fulfilling job. We at Caregiverlist are dedicated to help you get started on this important career path and make a difference in a senior’s life.

Caregiver Training and Certification

Caregiverlist's Samantha Franklin explains how  to become a Professional Senior Caregiver with 10-hour training course and certification from Caregiverlist.  Caregiverlist provides online training for professional senior caregivers. Once you complete the caregiver training, then apply for Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Home Health Aide, and Companion job openings near you on www.caregiverlist.com.

 

 

 

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