Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs

Senior caregivers who are interested in pursuing a career in caregiving may want to consider becoming a certified nursing assistant or C.N.A.  Certification allows for more job opportunities as nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living communities must staff a minimum number of C.N.A.'s to meet the state department of health licensing requirements.

What qualifications are needed to become a C.N.A.?
  • Caring Personality
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency Test
  • 18 years old
  • Pass Drug Test
What skills are taught in a C.N.A. training program?
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Safe Transfer Skills
  • Bathing
  • Toileting (Catheter Care)
  • Feeding
  • Managing Emotions/Personalities
All certified aides must complete a state certification exam before they are officially given their certificate.  Their training school will provide them with training in the field and a practice test.  You may take a free sample nursing aide test or practice test to learn more about the skills taught to C.N.A.'s.

You may also work as a companion caregiver while you are taking your training courses, in order to develop more skills until you pass the certification exam - you may apply for a job in your area on Caregiverlist.  Many companies will provide a tuition reimbursement and many communities also provide a stipend or scholarship or grant programs to help pay for the cost of a training course - - this is because there is an ongoing need for C.N.A.'s as the baby boomer population ages.

Research Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant training schools in your area and find out the admission requirements.  It is also a good idea to speak to their admissions department ahead of time to learn about financial aide opportunities.

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Comments (2) -

  • Tracy Rogers

    4/26/2010 3:09:48 PM | Reply

    I am a certified home health aid and CNA. I have 125.00 hours of nursing aid training and 75 hours of home health aid training. I'm also certified in CPR and First Aid.

  • Audrey Hunter

    5/11/2010 10:40:29 PM | Reply

    I have passed nursing assistance skills, at the time I was a nursing assistance you did not have to be certified. I would like to work as a companion caregiver while I am taking a training courses, in order to develop more skills until I pass the certification exam.  

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